Counting while your breathe helps chill you out? Bananas keep you calm?! Go from Bridezilla to Bride Zen with these helpful hints for countering big-day nerves…
It’s the most glorious day you’ll ever have… but it’s also the most nerve-wracking! If the thought that everyone you love in the whole world will be watching you for an entire day straight has you gulping for air (or reaching for the gin), then this is just the ticket for you. We team top with inspirational wellbeing coach Julie Montagu, also known as The Flexi Foodie, and recently named one of the Top 10 Holistic Health Icons in the world, for some truly inspirational calming techniques and top tips for tackling big-day nerves… from breathing in to what you eat!
Five Breathing Tips to Calm Nerves
It’s your wedding day so you’re going to feel nervous! These deep breathing techniques are a great secret weapon! There are many different techniques that you can choose from, such as alternate nostril breathing or abdominal breathing. Regardless of the specific technique that you call upon in your moment of need, it is important to pay attention to the following things.
1) Keep Your Mind Clear
Attempt to keep your mind as clear as possible. This can be difficult on the biggest day of your life…But, making a conscious effort to return your attention solely to your breathing when you realise you have become distracted will help to train your mind and soothe your stress.
2) Count Your Breaths
Counting your breaths is useful for clearing your mind and will also help to calm you down. Try counting from one to ten and then beginning again from one. Alternatively, you can count from one to ten and then count backwards to one again.
3) Create a Peaceful Environment
Although it is not always possible to have control over your surroundings, a quiet place where you will not be disturbed by others is the best place to implement a calming breathing technique. You might need to lock yourself into the bathroom for five minutes. Close your eyes and breathe!
4) Make Yourself Comfortable
Whether you choose to sit or stand whilst you are consciously breathing to promote calm, it is important that you are as comfortable as possible. Grab a cushion or hold something soft like a piece of silk.
5) Be Patient With Yourself
Breathing techniques can be an extremely effective way to quickly restore a peaceful state of mind and expel anxiety. However, this will of course vary from person to person. If you do not find the immediate relief that you are seeking then be patient and continue with your chosen technique. Try not to place too much emphasis on the end goal of embracing a breathing exercise and allow yourself to enjoy the process instead.
Five Foods to Eat to Calm Nerves
Eating anything on the morning of your big day can be difficult to stomach as your nerves are sky high but remembering to eat is SO important. The following foods have calming qualities and slowly release energy to keep you going as you walk down the aisle.
A magnesium deficiency can contribute to feelings of anxiety and this is something that whole grain foods can help with. Good choices are brown rice, quinoa, millet and buckwheat. Why not try a bowl of buckwheat porridge for breakfast?
In addition to being delicious and great for energy, bananas also contain tryptophan which is converted into serotonin in the body. Ample levels of serotonin are essential for mood regulation and this helps to keep anxiety at bay. If porridge is too heavy a simple banana might do the trick!
Blueberries are a rich source of antioxidants which are known to be incredibly beneficial for stress reduction. Try adding them to a smoothie with a banana and plant based milk to sip throughout the morning. For extra energy you could add a spoon of nut butter.
The zinc content of almonds makes them an effective tool for combatting anxiety. Zinc is known to be an important nutrient for helping to keep the mood balanced. Almonds also contain beneficial amounts of iron, which helps to keep the mind focused and energised. Keep a handful nearby to snack on when you feel peckish.
It may surprise you to learn that water is actually one of the best choices when it comes to keeping anxiety under control. Dehydration can exacerbate existing feelings of anxiety, and it is practically effortless to take regular sips of water throughout the day to help prevent this. I know it’s easy to keep a glass of Champagne in your hand on your big day but make sure you have water close by too!
Our thanks to Julie for these brilliant calming tactics! If you’re in need of a little R and R in the build-up to your big day, visit Julie’s wellbeing site at truly-julie.com for some excellent top tips, menu ideas and exercises.