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Guide To Relaxing The Night Before Your Wedding

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Even if you’re the coolest, calmest and most-collected couple around, weddings can be majorly nerve-wracking.

There’s nothing like an expensive party with everyone you know in one room, where you have to stand up in front of them all and be majorly gushy to your other half – and perform a dance! – to give you a serious case of butterflies.

Tomorrow is the big day. You’ve been planning it for months (or maybe even years) and it’s finally here. You’re excited, and a little bit nervous.

Will the meat be perfectly cooked? Will the weather hold out?  And how will you deal with it if you wake up with a spot on the end of your nose?

No matter how prepared you are, it’s easy to see why a busy mind might be enough to keep you wide-awake the night before your wedding day. The good news is there are lots of things you can do to help you wind down and get some good quality shut-eye.

 

Manage Cortisol

Photo by Paola Colleoni via Bridal Musings

 

Cortisol is a big hitter in the body – it has enormous impacts on the way we function.

It’s the hormone responsible for waking us up, keeping us alert, warm and compos mentis; but it is also the driving force behind our all-important ‘fight or flight’ response.

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When you’re feeling stressed, cortisol is normally secreted in increased amounts to help get you through. As important as this is, we don’t want too much cortisol floating around before bed as it keeps us awake.

Even if you don’t feel stressed per-se, cortisol can often be raised for other reasons, meaning you can’t drop off to sleep or wake up at odd times.

To manage this:

  • Make sure you keep blood sugar balanced by eating three meals, each with protein, whole grains carbs and fats. Avoid carb abundant dinners like pasta, risotto, pizza etc.
  • Stimulants like caffeine, sugar, sweeteners stimulate your adrenal glands to secrete cortisol and adrenaline so ensure you limit as much as possible and cut out after 4 pm.

Replace Coffee with Green Tea

Though one cup a day of each is fine, overdoing coffee and black tea can contribute to energy fluctuations, anxiety and a wired, jittery feeling – hardly ideal when you’re already apprehensive.

Instead, tuck into good quality green, white tea or jasmine when you need an energy boost during the day.

They all contain a small caffeine hit to sharpen the senses, alongside a burst of antioxidants and brain-boosting compounds such as EGCG, which are known for their health-giving properties.

 

Don’t Become Nutrient Deficient

It’s vital to eat the right diet consistently if you want to feel well, but the beauty of a good supplement is that it can help to speed the process up.

This is especially useful if you area bit run down and have been eating on the go so aren’t feeling on top form.

Many of us have tried supplements in the past to no avail without realizing that to really get results the right formula and science is absolutely key.

The results can be better energy, better sleep, less stress, better skin, a flat tummy and strong immunity. They can also help with a hangover – bonus!