Breathe. Let go. And remind yourself that this very moment is the only one you know you have for sure. Oprah Winfrey
Oprah Winfrey beautifully captured a notion that you need to embrace if you are planning a wedding. Remember to breathe and celebrate this very moment. While you’re at it remember to celebrate yourself by practicing daily self-care. We thought you may need inspiration so we curated a list of ways to give yourself a little TLC to navigate the weeks until your wedding and to sprinkle throughout the days for a happily ever after.
Take time for yourself and your significant other/self-care
Planning a wedding is both exciting and stressful. It is a unique time in your relationship where you are focusing on taking the next step in life together with your partner, while you are also trying to figure out seating arrangements and how much you’re going to spend on flowers. “It is easy to get caught up in the planning and miss out on this unique time in your relationship, but it is important to take time for yourself, so you are better able to stay present throughout the entire process. A good rule of thumb is for every three wedding activities you do, you have one activity that has nothing to do with the wedding, that focuses on taking care of yourself or spending time with your significant other,” says Robia Smith-Herman, LCSW, Team Leader and Student Supervisor at The Renfrew Center.
If you’re going to be practicing breathing, you might as well inhale moist and magical air. Guru Nanda’s Halo XL doubles as a full-function humidifier to help eliminate dry air. The 2-in-1 Ultrasonic essential oil diffuser and humidifier is a dream come true for those looking for fragrance and moisture.
Open a box of joy
Self-care is the name of the game as you plan your wedding. Recognizing that self-care is necessary and looks different to everyone, TheraBox was founded by therapist Ting Jiang to make it easy for people to discover and maintain self-care rituals that inspire joy and fulfillment each month. Each box includes a happiness activity meant to be practiced throughout the month (or longer!) in addition to 7-8 full-sized wellness items for the mind, body, and soul.
Light a candle
Anecdote’s Self Care candle smells like a fusion of face masks and do not disturb. The invigorating and relaxing candle arouses your senses with notes of citrus, verbena, and mint leaf. It also helps you unwind with base notes of lavender, moss, and eucalyptus.
Note to self
Take time to jot down your thoughts and feelings in a beautiful journal. This beauty from Erin Conden organizes you with weekly logs and fun stickers.
Roll with it
Why not enjoy a spa experience in the comfort of your own home? RéVive’s new tri-head roller brings joy to your face, neck, shoulders and décolletage. It even has a mini roller to gently target your eyes. A great tool to keep in your vanity or desk drawer.
Give your scalp a facial
Just as we use an array of products to care for our face, our scalp needs some TLC too! Scalp facials are becoming a big trend and Vitabrid C12 has created a trio of products to help create the perfect at-home scalp facial.
Take time out to lather up with Zum Bar Soap made with goat’s milk. It’s naturally ultra-moisturizing, naturally balanced for the skin, and naturally homogenized. Goat’s milk is a great mix of “good for you” and “good for nature. The bars include scents like Anise-Lavender, Cedar, Coffee-Almond, Frankincense & Myrrh, Rosemary, Tangerine-Orange, and Rosemary-Mint.
The perfect finale to your skincare ritual is a finishing oil that helps block out harmful environmental pollutants, making sure your skin is supple, radiant, and silky. Glow from Saffron & Sage is a delicious blend of premium oils, plant-derived multivitamins and antioxidants to give you a radiant, youthful glow.
Hydrate your skin
If you are a bride with skin challenges, take time out to pamper your skin that may be reacting to the myriad of emotions you are feeling as you plan your wedding. Eczema Honey has a wonderful line of products made with high-quality and gentle ingredients to soothe your skin.
Create a mood
Shift your mood and mindset in the moment with the first NANO collection of essential oils, NANO CBD and gem essences that bring balance, harmony and patience for every bride (and groom).
Mood Elixir: Feel the joy and gratitude for finding the love of your life. Let go of worries, doubts, anxieties about thunderstorms, lost rings or embarrassing family stories of when you were 16
Aroma Profile: Blood orange, Geranium, Patchouli
Energy Elixir: Clear brain fog and uncertainty for the decisions in preparation for the big day. Energize your body, mind and spirit and radiate your inner beauty.
Aroma Profile:Tulsi, Cinnamon, Ginger,
Sleep Elixir: For when your future mother in law’s 3 page guest list or all of the logistics of planning keeps you up at night. Create a sense of calm and balance in the moments where you feel overwhelmed.
Aroma Profile: Lavender, Frankincense, Roman Chamomile
Modern alchemist Adora Winquist gives us these 5 Quick Ways to Love Yourself.
-Start and end your day with a practice of gratitude. Choose 3 things in the morning and evening that you are thankful for. Inhale a breath of gratitude into your heart as each one arises. This practice keeps your heart open and is an invaluable tool for life as well as this time in your life.
-If conflict or miscommunication occurs, envision yourself surrounded by a golden-pink light. Take a deep breath coming back to your heart to love yourself, inviting harmony to flow within you and flow through to the issue at hand. Envision then the person, group or organization surrounded by this golden-pink light lightening and harmonizing the energy of the situation.
-Be gentle with yourself. Each step that you take to the moment where you both say “I do,” is going to bring up emotions. Embracing these emotions from a perspective of self-acceptance and communicating from an open heart will always bring you back to your center.
-Surround yourself with roses. The rose is a spectacular flower. Whether you have a vase at your bedside or planted in your garden, it always brings us back to our hearts. Although true rose oil is rare and highly expensive it is unparalleled for its use in beautification and healing. Rose is a beautiful ally for connecting with the vibrancy and expansion of our emotional bandwidth, connecting into the heart center and balancing our emotions to shine our inner vibrancy.
-Keep a journal. Share your thoughts, feelings, excitements and insecurities, dreams and desires with the paper as your confidant and ally. It is a wonderful way to have presence and compassion for yourself and the journey of life. Reflect on all the areas and aspects of yourself and your relationship that you love and are grateful for. It is also a wonderful way to create an intentional future for your new life together with all that you want to create and experience as husband and wife.
Stacey Marcus is a Boston-based freelance lifestyle writer, publicist and content strategist. Her work has appeared in Boston magazine, Boston Common, Bride & Groom Magazine, Destination I Do, Modern Luxury Weddings Boston and Chicago, Ocean Home and playboy.com among others. A former senior editor at New England Bride Magazine, Stacey is also a publicist for non-profit organizations and small businesses. She is the author of a children’s book, A Bed for Every Bear: Tuck’s Tale. Stacey enjoys writing about travel, trends, and romance.