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Beauty and Health

Look after yourself, you deserve it!

Why write an article about caring for yourself during wedding planning? We would all like to think wedding planning is only fun & easy but there can be a great amount of stressful moments for you, your husband-to-be, your family members and your friends. So if you are organising your own wedding you must remember to look after yourself.

Organising your own wedding should be a fun experience which you will look back on in years to come with wonderful memories. Focus on what is important to you. It is your wedding and although some of your relatives would like to have their say you should focus on what is important to you and your partner.

The money factor

Money is one of the biggest stress factors when planning a wedding. Sit down and work out a realistic budget right from the start. If your parents are contributing it is a good idea to talk with them early in the planning process as it can save you and them a lot of stress and potential misunderstandings later.


Relieving stress and taking time out

Other wonderful ways to relax your body
There are lots of ways to relax your mind and body.
Try one or more of the relaxation tips below:

1. Soak in a warm bath
2. Listen to soothing music
3. Do yoga
4. Take a walk or do some other activity
5. Get a massage
6. Have a warm drink without alcohol or caffeine in it. Try herbal tea or warm milk.

However stressful the wedding planning gets for you, just remind yourself that you are doing all this to marry the man you love. Wedding planning is suppose to be fun and a good memory for both you and your partner.

listen_to_relaxing_musicBreathing exercises, muscle relaxation, and yoga can help relieve stress. Learning how to calm the mind and body is extremely important in relieving stress. One of the simplest and most effective ways to lower stress in the body and increase energy is by breathing techniques such as “deep breathing”. The way you breathe affects your whole body. When breathing deeply it sends a message to your brain to calm down and relax. The brain then sends this message to your body which then decreases your heart rate, high blood pressure etc. Breathing exercises are easy to learn, you can do them when ever you want and you don’t need any extra tools or equipment.

Breathing exercises - Belly Breathing:
Belly breathing is very easy to do and wonderfully relaxing.
Next time you feel the wedding stress come on try this basic exercise:

1. Sit in a comfortable position.
2. Close your eyes and place one hand on your belly just under your ribs and your other hand on your chest.
3. Now take a slow deep breath in through your nose, and let air flow into your stomach area pushing your hand out. Your chest should not move.
4. Now slowly breathe out through pursed lips as if you were whistling. Feel the hand on your belly go in, and use it to push all the air out.
5. Simply do this breathing exercise 3 to 10 times and take your time with each individual breath.



10 Surprising energy killers!

No one wants to be tired on their wedding day or on their honeymoon. That's why we have put together a "Top 10 energy killers" list for you so you know what to do and what to avoid to keep your wedding energy up.

1) Too much sleep.
If you sleep too much it will actually make you even more tiered. 

2) Too little exercise!
If you don't get enough exercise you will feel more tiered.

3) Lighting indoors!
Bad indoor lighting can have a negative effect on your energy levels.

4) Dehydration.
Make sure you get enough water when you run around town ticking off things on your "Wedding To Do List". You will feel much better and energized if you remember to drink water during the day.

5) Unbalance food.
Nutritious food is a must to keep you energy up. Make sure you get a good diet with lots of fruit and vegetable leading up to your wedding. As an extra bonus you will look healthier too and you may even loose a few kilos.

6) Fear

7) Ineffective breathing

8) Noise

9) Dark colors

10) Bad eye vision


Do you crave for sweets? Here's why!

Some people crave for sweets more than others. There can be several reasons for this but one theory is that people feel the need for something sweet when a certain chemical in our brain is low.

The chemical is called Serotonin and is a neurotransmitter which is formed in the brain. Its main effect includes improving mood and giving us that “happy and satisfied feeling”. When Serotonin is low we feel stressed and out of balance, frustrated and sometimes depressed.

Sweets increase the amount of Serotonin in our brains (because of the high amount of carbohydrates) and that’s why some people particularly crave for sweets when they feel out of balance in one way or another.

This theory also explains why we often feel like something sweet after a main course and not before a main course. A main course often contains meat, poultry, fish, egg or milk products etc. which are all very protein rich.

Protein makes the Serotonin fall and our brain reacts by increasing our desire to eat something sweet. When we eat the sweet dessert or just a sweet piece of fruit the Serotonin increases again.


Strong flavours are slimming!

Is it true that we eat more when the food doesn’t really taste of anything?

Yes! Use the spices in your cupboard when you cook and you are likely to eat smaller portions of the food you prepare! Your food will taste fantastic and as an extra bonus you can loose some weight!

The reason why fast food is so popular is that the food doesn’t taste of very much”.
This statement comes from the Danish professor and brain researcher Verne Moeller. His results shows that because fast food has a very subtle taste people feel they need “another bite”. In other words; if the food we eat doesn’t taste of very much we have a tendency to eat more of it.This is an excellent reason to get out the strong pieces when we cook & a wonderful way to discover new food & flavors


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