Planning your wedding is an exciting time! You get to watch the dreams you’ve had, for so long, become reality, like finding the perfect decorations, to saying “yes” to the dress you likely can’t stop thinking about. All of these moments are so exciting, but oftentimes when our to-do lists pile up, we forget to take our overall health into consideration.

Focusing on your physical and mental health will not only help you stay stress-free while planning your wedding, but it will also help you feel your healthiest and happiest on the most memorable day of your life. Below, we’ve compiled 5 different healthy lifestyle habits to adopt into your day-to-day before you say “I do!”

1. Get more sleep

Chances are, you’ve read this on every wedding prep list you’ve come across, but it is common advice for a reason! Not only does getting a full night’s sleep help you tackle your to-do list with a clear and level head, but also, it’s especially important if you’re trying to get clear skin, bright eyes, and long locks before you walk down the aisle.

To ensure a full eight hours, consider buying a traditional alarm clock so you can keep your phone in a different room. The adrenaline of wedding planning will make it tough to sleep as it is, so take the temptation to scroll Pinterest out of your bedtime routine — your body and mind will thank you!

2. Eat foods that make you feel good

Between juggling your day-to-day and checking things off your wedding list, it’s easy to opt for quick take-out on the way home. But just like lack of sleep, eating processed foods high in sodium, fat, sugar, dairy, and bad carbohydrates will lead you to feel bloated, sluggish, and foggy. Plus, consuming these foods regularly could lead to unwanted breakouts before your big wedding-related events.

Though you shouldn’t deprive yourself, you may find that planning healthy meals ahead of time will not only help you feel better, but you may just feel a little more comfortable and confident in your dress! If this is a problem area for you, consider starting a healthy eating plan to help you look and feel your best, well into married life. With so much going on, having a regimented healthy eating plan helps to make it easier and more attainable to stay on track.

3. Relieve stress with exercise

Not only is exercise a fantastic stress reliever, but working out regularly coupled with more mindful eating habits will help give you an extra boost of confidence on your wedding day when all the cameras are pointed your way. Workouts don’t have to be boring, either. Ditch the typical gym membership for more specialized group classes like kickboxing, Zumba, HIIT boot camps, or yoga!

4. Create a self-care routine

Whether you take the time to get your nails done or simply light some candles while you soak in your favourite bath bomb, making the time to relax and take care of yourself regularly is crucial for your mental health, and happiness while planning your wedding.

Plus, it’s good for your relationship. Developing a self-care routine, now, can set you up for a healthier marriage. The old adage is true — no matter how hard you try, you can’t pour from an empty cup. Putting your personal and mental health first will help you to be more patient, understanding, and a better communicator in your relationship.

5. Practice Gratitude

Sometimes, it’s so easy to get caught up in the material aspects of planning a wedding that we lose sight of what this day is actually about. Keeping a gratitude journal is a great way to not only release stress by writing out your thoughts, but it will help to remind you of how lucky you are to be entering such a beautiful, new chapter with the love of your life.

After the wedding, you can read back through all of your journal entries and be reminded of the emotions you felt while planning your wedding!