1/ Take a relaxing bath
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For some at-home luxury, turn your bathroom into a spa and indulge in a beautifully hot bath. Add some ambience, whether lighting candles, bringing in fresh flowers, pouring some wine or putting on some soft music. For the bath itself, Epsom salts have a reputation as the way to soothe sore muscles, but add a scoop of coconut oil to combat the drying effect of the salts. Add a few drops of a calming essential oil like sage, jasmine or lavender and you’re good to go!
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Meditation has been shown to alleviate both the psychological and physiological symptoms of anxiety and stress, and can provide a really grounding experience during this hectic time. There are plenty of online resources for guided meditation, including Youtube videos and apps like Headspace, Calm or Buddhify. Alternatively, visit a local meditation group to learn more about the practice!
3/ Get moving
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Exercise has long been recognised as a stress reliever, producing those feel-good endorphins, reducing tension, elevating your mood and helping you focus on the activity at hand rather than the source of stress. Any aerobic activity can have this positive effect, from dancing in the kitchen to walking, running or taking an exercise class. Find something that works for you and that you truly enjoy to ensure this becomes a desirable way to unwind.
4/ Have a massage
Relieve any lingering tension in your body with a massage of your choice! While the professional version may be the perfect relaxing treat at such an overwhelming time in your life, you could always ask for your groom-to-be’s help instead and make time for a DIY couples massage! (This article has some handy tips for setting the mood and which oils to use.)
5/ Get together with your girlfriends
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Who better to help rescue you from stress than your best girlfriends? Have them over for something super-easy like takeaway food and a movie (see below) or wine, simple snacks and good conversation. Or else go out and enjoy something together – a group mani-pedi or a night of cocktails might be just the treat you’ve needed all along!
6/ Watch wedding movies
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Kicking back and watching a film – whether an all-time favourite or a new release you’ve been dying to see – is such a great way to transport you away from your wedding worries. Movies with a wedding theme can take on a new level of interest and humour during your engagement (think films like My Best Friend’s Wedding, Bridesmaids, Four Weddings and a Funeral, 27 Dresses, Wedding Crashers etc.), but equally you may prefer to leave wedding thoughts behind with something entirely different! Grab your fiancé, a friend, or even just a bowl of popcorn, press play and let the escapism begin!