A proper self care routine during wedding planning will not only help you look your best, it will also keep you sane. "It's so critical to take care of yourself," says Orla Stiles, founder and owner of Solstice Bride In Venice Beach. "Sweat it out, journal your feelings, put it all in perspective," she says. To help teach brides these tools, Stiles is teaming up with yoga and meditation instructor Mariah Perkins to launch a series of wellness initiatives at the boutique.
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We caught up with the two to get their top five tips for how to keep calm during wedding chaos.
1. Feel Your Feelings
"Allow yourself to be nervous about the prospect of marriage," says Stiles. "It's normal and healthy to question such a big commitment. Find a nonjudgmental friend or family member and acknowledge your fears then move on to enjoy your life."
"Either as a couple, or by yourself, for a few minutes every day," says Perkins. "Allow yourself five minutes to sit with your breath. Set the timer, close your eyes, and focus all your awareness and attention to your breath. Imagine this time as a reset button for the rest of your day."
3. Morning Minutes
"How you start your day matters and can set the tone for the whole day. Take ten minutes in the morning for you," says Perkins. "Start with water with lemon. Write down your gratitudes in your journal and do not look at your phone. Set an alarm for 5 minutes and breathe."
"Resist the temptation to cram in high intensity workouts before your wedding. What many women don't realize is that high intensity workouts can add stress to your body and can trigger excess production of cortisol. Switch your workouts and allow your body to recover. Try stretching, yoga, dance, tai chi or pilates," says Perkins.
5. Rely on your Fiancé
"When your mother won't stop complaining about your hair color, or your brother doesn't understand why he can't bring his Tinder date, invent a code word with your fiancé. When you feel the stress returning, your fiancé can say 'avocado' or you can pat his back and it will not only bring you support, but give you fresh perspective," says Stiles.