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Bridal state of mind

Published:Monday | December 1, 2014 | 12:00 AM

Jody-Anne Lawrence, Lifestyle Reporter

When preparing for that special day, brides tend to be the ones who become overly stressed about every detail - Is the cake perfect? Am I the perfect size for my dress? Were the right flowers ordered?

So here are a few things that brides should do to relax and ensure that they are in the right frame and mind to say 'I do':

1. Try to keep your stress level to a minimum. The closer it comes to your wedding day, the less you should have to do. To help mitigate the stress, delegate!

2. Planning ahead is the perfect way to maintain your sanity. Make a list of everything you want and need done from day one, and work on getting these things accomplished. Unexpected challenges will happen, so do not procrastinate.

3. Get as much rest as possible in the weeks leading up to your wedding. You do not want to be a tired bride.

4. Try to maintain your health. Exercising regularly should be a part of your natural routine, and while you might not be able to go to the gym, walking more or taking a jog should suffice.

5. Do not get so consumed in planning that you forget your partner. Create a balance and ensure that you spend quality time with your partner. Planning a wedding does not put a pause on the relationship.

Healthy Diet

There are also some nutritional values that you should consider, and President of the Jamaica Association of Professionals in Nutrition and Dietetics Kirk Bolton advises that brides maintain a healthy diet.

He notes that some brides become consumed with fitting into their wedding gown and go on a crash diet, and that is a no no. If you choose to lose weight, do it the right way. Seek a nutritionist and make a lifestyle change. Do not make rash decisions because you will regain the weight.

Bolton advises that one sure way of losing weight is eliminating juices from your diet adding more fruits and vegetables.

Some brides get too busy with planning that they do not eat properly. Try and incorporate all food groups in your diet. If you are on the go, he recommends sandwiches for example chicken and turkey as a quick meal and crackers and cheese or a fruit salad as a quick snack.

Bolton suggests that brides plan ahead so that they are not consumed with things to do and are able to take care of their health.