9 Positive Habits to Adopt Before Your Wedding for Your Healthiest Year Yet

Add these healthy habits to your bride-to-be checklist

Updated 04/25/17

Photo by Caroline Tran

Getting in shape and healthy is on every single bride's pre-wedding to-do list, though it might seem hard to find the time and the resources to make that happen. So whether your goal is to eat a diet that will make you feel energized or you are eager to kick some of your bad habits before the wedding so you look your best, it's important to plan out the steps you'll take to make this happen.

Here are 9 healthy habits to adopt before your wedding.

1. More Sleep

Remember that 8-hour of sleep rule? It's about time to implement it. While you may find yourself staying up late making sure your wedding to-do list gets done, it's important to get as much sleep as you can leading up to your wedding. It will help with moods, digestion, and even your stress level.

2. Say Hello to Super Foods

Whether you drink a daily smoothie with greens or you start upping your kale and spinach game, saying hello to super foods will help you feel better while you're on the go planning your wedding.

3. Daily Meditation

Download a meditation app on your phone (we love Headspace) and add a daily meditation to your schedule. This will help you clear your mind and reset your priorities on a daily basis.

4. Kicking the Carbs

If you find that your diet is mostly bread, try to incorporate some more protein and less carbs. You'll find yourself feeling lighter and have more natural energy.

5. Morning Grateful

While planning your wedding may make you feel like a ball of stress, writing down three things you are grateful for every single morning will help you realize what is important and all the positive things you have in your life.

6. Try New Workouts

If you have never been a gym rat, spend the months leading up to your wedding trying out new kinds of workouts — think dance cardio, or boxing for stress relief and tons of fun. Maybe you'll find one you love and have a new weekly workout to conquer.

7. Nightly Stretches

Give your body a rest and a thank you at night. Doing nightly stretches or yoga poses will help kick some of that pre-wedding stress that may be making your body feel sore.

8. Deep Conditioning

Your hair may take quite the hit leading up to your wedding with lots of bridal updos and blow outs. Treat yourself to a deep conditioning every few weeks to restore your hair.

9. Makeup Breaks

Want your skin to look and feel better? Take a makeup break every now and then before your wedding so that your skin can clear up and heal.

Jen Glantz is the founder of Bridesmaid for Hire and the author of the new book Always a Bridesmaid (for Hire). She frequently wears old bridesmaids' dresses to the grocery store and on first dates.

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