Maintaining My Physical &
I find there's always lots of chatter in the run up to weddings about diets, cutting out one thing or another and making sure you look your best - but what about making sure you feel your best? There's definitely a certain amount of pressure I already feel to 'look good' having parts of my life in the public eye but I always find that when I'm feeling my best, I don't have to worry about looking my best - it just follows suit!
For me, feeling my best comes when I take the time to exercise, to embrace a little self care and to be mindful of my diet but never being extremely restrictive. These are things I know work for me and leave me feeling strong and energised both mentally and physically and I plan on building on what I already know works, in the months leading up to our big day.
Here's how I'm planning to maintain my physical and mental wellbeing in the midst of the stress, that seems to naturally come with planning a wedding and possibly moving house!
I have to say, I definitely underestimated how stressful planning a wedding can be. I think when you first start creating Pinterest boards and emailing venues for brochures and pricing, you have this wonderful vision of your wedding and you just nod your head when friends regale you with their stories. Then you find yourself a few months into planning, wondering why things aren't going exactly to plan and realising those friends may have had a point or two! I think part of my goal to be feeling strong in the run up to the wedding is to have a calm, focused mindset, as well as feeling strong physically. I always know that my positive mindset comes out when I exercise and it's very much something that the people around me notice too, so making the time to exercise is making the time to prioritise my mental health. It's definitely the part of my life that always needs more work but I find the more I put positivity and calm out into the universe, the easier it often is for me to embrace. So here's me vocalising that calm is the key to a well organised, enjoyable wedding planning process!
I travel a lot and that means I eat away from home a lot, but this year I've tried to put a focus on eating everything in moderation, even more so than I previously have done. Yes I'm currently in Milan while writing this (unexpectedly after a flight cancellation) and there's a possibility my veins have simply turned into passata at this point but balancing that out with some healthier food choices before we headed here and knowing I have a few days in London when we do get home, leaves me feeling relaxed, in control of the situation and happy to have had some wonderful date nights with Alex. I've definitely been guilty of beating myself up when I've eaten too much of the 'wrong thing' and not enough of the 'right thing' but really, everything in moderation (including takeout, gin and my favourite chocolates) is the right way to go about a balanced diet. I guess you could say I'm being mindful of what I'm powering my body with right now because I know the food I eat makes such a difference to how strong I feel when I'm in the gym and in turn, how I will feel at my bridal fittings over the next few months.