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Getting married is said to be amongst the most stressful experiences you can go through, but let’s be honest, it’s also really exciting, so why not minimize the stress so that you can maximize the enjoyment factor when it comes to your big day? With that in mind, here are some of’s top relaxation tips to soothe pre-wedding stress…

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Eat right: according to the nutrition therapists at Grayshott Spa and Hotel, food can have a direct impact on how you combat stress. Make sure you have plenty of magnesium in the form of leafy greens, organic dairy, seafood, pulses and whole grains; lots of vitamin B in eggs, nuts and fish, and plenty of vitamin C in berries, kale, asparagus, broccoli and spinach. They all help the body to protect itself from the effects of stress and keep us feeling happy and healthy.

Aromatherapy: of course aromatherapy is a brilliant way to calm the nerves, with essential oils having a very powerful impact on mind, body and soul. Recommended oils for easing worry include Roman chamomile, rose and sandalwood while tears can be calmed with clary sage and neroli. If work is adding to your stress levels try a few drops of peppermint, lemongrass or rosemary to get you through the day, and when you have time treat yourself to an aromatherapy massage.

Exercise: it probably goes without saying, but exercise is a wonderful way to burn off nervous energy and help you keep that glowing sense of inner peace. Personal Trainer James Schofield from The Active Lifestyle recommends squats (probably because having completed them you feel like a total hero), deadlifts because they require concentration so you won’t be able to focus on worries, and box jumps to give a real sense of achievement.

Cut out caffeine: you might think it’s the only ting keeping you going, but caffeine can over stimulate the production of stress hormones and cause heart palpitations, so limit the amount of coffee and black tea that you’re drinking and try having a light green tea instead which is lower in caffeine and has a reputation for reducing blood pressure.

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Take up meditation: it’s an excellent way to quiet the mind so that you can take on the day, and it’s also brilliant before bed to help get a good night’s sleep… which of course will also help you to manage stress – it’s a win/win situation really!

Sleep: that brings us onto the next thing – make sure you’re getting enough sleep. It sounds like a ridiculous thing to say to someone who’s stressed out, but not having enough sleep will not make the situation any better. Sleep is a great healer and works to improve our coping mechanisms. Establish a routine before bed and try to get up at the same time in the mornings.

Eat fats:we are so used to thinking that fats are bad for us, that we forget that some of them are extremely important. Beneficial fats are found in avocados, coconut oil, flax seed and oily fish says Lifehouse Spa and Hotel’s naturopath so make sure you tuck in!

Treat yourself: there’s probably so much going on at the moment that you haven’t thought properly about taking a little time out to simply be yourself. You don’t need us to tell you about the restorative powers of having time to yourself, having a massage or a facial and simply allowing yourself to be quiet and pampered for a while but it’s a good way to help build resilience and positively effect cortisol levels… plus, it’s a really fun thing to do, and this is definitely a point in your life where you should be having fun!

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