Friday, 29 January, 2016 @ 10:00
Follow Susan Harts advice on how to beat stress and feel more relaxed and healthy for your wedding day / civil partnership.
Hi all and welcome to this weeks article.
My wedding blog is a chance to talk about all things related to weddings and civil partnerships and not to focus solely on wedding photography and what a wedding photographer does.
This article by Susan Heart, Nutrition Coach
Offers some great advice on combating stress when planning a wedding / civil partnership.
It can be the happiest day of your life and also the most stressful.
If you are under a lot of stress, and what couple isn’t when it comes to planning your big day, not only could it put you in a bad mood but you are more susceptible to illnesses. One simple solution is to have plenty of stress busting foods and drink.
So make sure these are on your shopping list!
Porridge, wholegrain cereal like branflakes, Weetabix or shredded wheat, brazil nuts. The serotonin in these foods has a calming effect on the brain
These complex carbs help the brain to make more serotonin. They have the added benefit of balancing blood sugar levels so you have more energy throughout the day and don’t succumb to a mid afternoon cake.
Research has shown that these drinks can help you recover from stressful events more quickly.
The omega 3 fatty acids found in fish like salmon, fresh tuna or mackerel can prevent surges in the stress hormones cortisol and adrenaline. So tuck in to scrambled eggs with smoked salmon before you go and visit the florist
Aim for 2 litres, so always take a water bottle with you when you go shopping for ‘the dress’.
Vegetables like spinach and avocado contain potassium and magnesium which can help reduce blood pressure and balance cortisol levels, leaving you nice and calm when dealing with the tricky table plans.
The calcium has been found to soothe tension and ease anxiety. So you will be refreshed and raring to go in the morning.
Try and find 10 or 15 minutes to chill and unwind; read a paper, listen to some music have a bath or simply do some deep breathing
A tipple is often drunk to steady your nerves, but alcohol is a depressant, affecting your thoughts, feelings and actions, which can lead to a restless nights sleep. So save it for the speeches.
Activity that increases your heart rate and makes you sweat not only increases oxygen around your body but produces a feel good chemical called endorphins. It could also lead to some weight loss which will make the dress fitting less stressful.
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