9 Health and Wellness Tips for Brides during Covid-19 Pandemic
Brides, remember those days when looking after your health and wellness involved fitting in gym workouts, catching up with friends or going out to treat yourself to a facial?
Covid-19 has quickly shifted the way we function, and what was once considered ‘normal’ now feels like an entirely different lifetime ago. However, as brides to be, that doesn’t mean that we become complacent with our overall health and wellness.
From this week we saw Australia and other parts of the world slowly starting to re-open, but physical distancing restrictions still remain in place. Which means some of us will continue to spend most of our days, indoors at home.
All of this change is a lot to handle and adjusting to the new normal will take time. These factors are likely to take a massive toll on your health and wellness. So today I am making it easy for you by sharing 9 health and wellness tips.
These tips can be followed regardless of government restriction levels and will hopefully help put a little spring back into your step!
1. Just Breathe – Practice Meditation
As brides, it’s only natural to feel overwhelmed or anxious about planning your wedding. With everything going on in the world right now, it’s so important to have a bit of “me” time. This is why practicing meditation should become a part of your health and wellness plan.
The deep, conscious breathing you undertake during meditation triggers the part of your nervous system that is responsible for the processes that happen in your body when you’re resting. This essentially creates a ‘relaxation response’ in your body and benefits you in multiple ways.
Meditation supports reduced stress and anxiety levels as well as increased mental clarity and ability to focus, which is especially helpful if you’re working from home. Just a couple of minutes a day of meditation or simple breathing exercises can have a positive impact on your health and wellness.
2. Eat More Fruits and Vegetables
We all know how good fruits and vegetables are, which is a good enough reason as to why you should eat more!
Fruit and vegetables contain crucial vitamins and minerals, providing your body with the nutrients it need to stay healthy and combat diseases. Eating fruits and vegetables can also have a positive effect on blood sugar levels, keeping your appetite in check and fend off any junk food cravings.
Of course, no one fruit or vegetable contains all the nutrients your body needs to function effectively, despite the old saying about an “apple a day…”
Most experts recommend eating around five serves of vegetables and two serves of fruit a day to maximise the health benefits.
3. Stay Hydrated
While it may be tempting to keep reaching for the odd wine bottle, try replacing that with water more often than not.
Our body weight is comprised of about 60% water, which supports important bodily functions such as transportation of nutrients (from all those fruits and veggies you’ve been eating of course), digestion, and body temperature maintenance as well as brain activity.
However, our bodies don’t store water so it’s important to replenish your body’s supply of water daily. Having around eight glasses of water a day, even if you’re just chilling at home, will help keep your body and mind happy and healthy.
4. Indulge in Some Self-Care
Go on, you deserve it… Whether this means having a bubble bath, painting your nails, watching a little Netflix or having a glass of wine, you do you!
Allowing yourself to indulge a little is an important part of looking after yourself.
5. Stretch with a bit of Yoga
Yoga benefits both your physical and mental health. As with meditation, the breathing exercises associated with yoga supports reduced stress and anxiety levels and increased mental clarity and ability to focus.
It increases flexibility by stretching your body all over and giving your muscles and joints a better range of motion. It can help to straighten out your back and shoulders – anyone else guilty of slouching at their desk while working from home all day?!
Yoga is a form of exercise and supports increased muscle strength and tone and improved heart health. The perfect way for us brides to keep our whole selves in check while stuck at home.
6. Minimise Screen Time – Read Books!
We’re spending more time in form of screens now than ever before, especially since most catch ups with people have to be virtual.
While technology enhances our lives in many ways, too much screen time can have adverse effects on your health and wellness. The most obvious impact is on your eyes. Looking at a screen for too long can cause “computer vision syndrome” which consists of strained or dry eyes, blurred vision, and headaches. Not nice, huh?
Too much screen time is also associated with poor sleep. Numerous research studies have proven that the blue light from digital devices suppresses melatonin, the hormone that promotes sleep, which in turn stops us from having a restful sleep.
Brides, give your eyes a rest from the screen and cuddle up with a good book instead!
7. Skin Care and Chill
There is something so soothing about maintaining your skin care routine. Much like indulging in
self-care, it’s an easy and relaxing way to look after yourself.
Plus, your skin will likely thank you with an ethereal glow, so that’s a win.
8. Get Plenty Of Sleep
Don’t forget to get plenty of sleep. Leading up to the wedding, many brides neglect maintaining a good sleep pattern during their wedding planning. Sleep is such a powerful tool when it comes to achieving good health and wellness.
Ever notice how you struggle to function and feel really sluggish when you haven’t had enough sleep? It’s because your body and mind repairs and restores itself while you sleep, supporting good physical and mental health. Studies have also found that sleep is what helps our minds to retain information that we have learnt during the day. This is vital no matter what stage of life you’re in.
The number of hours of sleep varies from person to person, but most experts recommend around 7 to 9 hours of sleep per night for adults.
9. Human Connection
Human connection really does matter in the new world we live in.
Socialising with family, friends, colleagues and communities helps promote happiness and a sense of purpose, which is really important for mental health and wellness.
Make the most of technology and have virtual coffee or wine dates, game nights or book in a chat with anyone and everyone you know. If you can, meet your friends for a coffee or a walk in the park, so long as you maintain your social distance. Squeezing in a walk with friends keeps your physical health in tact too.
There you have it, maharanis! Nine easy health and wellness tips for you brides, during covid-19. If you have a favourite tip, or an additional one that you’d like to share, join the discussion in the comments below!