It’s ironic that one of the most memorable days of a person’s life is also known for being one of the most stressful. Weddings are meant to be celebrations of love and togetherness, but for many about to walk down the aisle, they can be bellwethers of anxiety as well. There are countless moving parts to a wedding, and it can be difficult to take a deep breath and remember the real reason for the occasion: to mark the first day of the rest of your life with the person you love. While all the butterflies associated with a wedding day can’t be prevented, there are some ways to alleviate the more severe symptoms of prenuptial worries. Scroll down to take a look at six products that can be used to bring a sense of calm to your big day.
Meditation is well-established as an effective tool for stress management. Even if you don’t have a preexisting meditation practice, the act of just taking a few minutes to sit and breathe can still do wonders. Created by meditation expert Lynne Goldberg, Breethe is an app that features guided meditations to help to clear your head of worries for a moment. For those who may be intimidated by the thought of trying out meditation for the first time, the app makes it easy and helps lead you through the sessions to make them as accessible as possible. So, when it feels like everything is falling apart as you prepare for your wedding, take a pause, grab your phone and settle in for a brief moment of mindfulness.
If pre-wedding jitters have started interrupting your REM cycle, look no further than Manta Sleep’s silk sleep mask. Made from 22 momme midweight silk – the same weight used in high-quality silk bedding – the masks effectively block out light to help ensure a night of much-needed rest. Silk naturally helps to reduce wrinkling that can be caused by lower-quality sleep masks as a result of its smooth, nearly frictionless texture. And Manta Sleep’s mask is also infused with 18 amino acids that can complement your existing nighttime skin routine by encouraging your skin to absorb the products you’re already using. The mask is designed for ultimate comfort as well, with no pressure around the eyes and an infinitely adjustable head strap so you can put it on and be asleep before your head even hits the pillow.
3. HUM Nutritions's Calm Sweet Calm
Taking care of your body from the inside can help combat any stress that may come your way. HUM Nutrition prides itself on transparency in its ingredients and arming consumers with knowledge to make informed decisions about their health – and their Calm Sweet Calm supplement is no exception. A blend of ashwagandha and L-theanine, the vitamin has been shown to reduce stress symptoms by about 60 percent. Working to reduce levels of cortisol, our fight or flight hormone that signals increased stress levels in the body, ashwagandha is a patented adaptogen often used in Ayurvedic medicine to naturally bring a sense of calm to the body. L-theanine is an amino acid that can also be found naturally in green and black teas and various mushrooms – and is known for its focusing and calming properties. Taking two gummies a day in the weeks leading up to your wedding can help proactively minimize feelings of stress and anxiety.
4. Apothekary's License to Chill Set
Apothekary’s License to Chill set comes with a trio of powerhouse stress-relieving supplements to incorporate into your daily routine. The cult-favorite Chill the F* Out powder is a blend of reishi mushrooms and ashwagandha, which can help reduce inflammation as well as feelings of worry and stress. The second powder, Follow Your Gut, is packed with the anti-inflammatory hero that is turmeric and astragalus root, which is used in traditional Chinese medicine to promote health in the liver, cardiovascular system and immune system. The third and final powder is ashwagandha root for further stress relief. The Apothekary has countless recipes that show you how the supplements can be used in your everyday life. From a Chill the F* Out cinnamon hot cocoa to a Follow Your Gut latte, simply replacing your jitter-inducing morning coffee with a health-focused alternative can do wonders for your well-being.
5. Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700
Bose’s noise-cancelling headphones have long been heralded as the best of the best – and for good reason. The wireless model can connect to your phone, computer, tablet or even TV with Bluetooth and with 11 settings to modulate the degree of noise cancellation, they are perfect for customizing to whatever situation you’re in. And if you need to pause your music and take a phone call with your planner or florist, a combination of 10 microphones help to ensure you can hear what’s being said and that you can be heard by the person on the other end of the line. Designed for comfort and style, the Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700 come in three sleek colors – black, luxe silver and soapstone – so you don’t have to worry about walking or lounging around with a bulky set of headphones. When things start getting crazy and nothing is going as planned, take a moment to yourself – go for a hike or jog or find a comfy place to sit down – and breathe as the world around you becomes quiet and peaceful for a few minutes.
6. Hey Dewy Portable Facial Humidifier
Hydration is an essential part of nourishing your skin and soul. Relax before bedtime with the Hey Dewy Portable Facial Humiifier, the perfect accessory for keeping your skin glowing and your sinuses clear. This handheld gem includes a USB power cord to plug in, LED night-light and continuous mist that flows for as long as eight hours.