Winter weddings are gorgeous! The fresh snow, icy trees, and rich colors can be magical! Not to mention that the chilly weather is an excuse to snuggle with your boo.
So with all those positives going for winter weddings, what’s the catch? Well, it’s cold and flu season! Combined with the stress that surrounds a wedding, and all the holidays, it’s no wonder we all have something a little nastier than cabin fever!
No matter if you’re an attendee of the wedding, the mother of the groom, or the bride and groom themselves, you want to be healthy and feeling your best on the wedding day! I am not a medical professional by any means, however these are some of the remedies that my family has used over the years, and how I keep my husband and I healthy in the winter. Read on to see how you can help keep your body at its peak performance!
Having a healthy morning routine is another solid staple in your mission to avoid getting sick. Here’s a few things you can add to your routine to help fend off the flu.
-Wake up and go to bed around the same time every day. Your body will thank you! We all need our rest, so do what you can to make sure you get some solid Zzz’s. If you have trouble falling asleep, try a melatonin supplement before bed.
-Drink room temperature lemon and honey water first thing when you wake up. The citrus not only wakes you up, but also has antibacterial and antioxidant properties, helps to balance your Ph levels, and aids in detoxification. Honey also helps soothe sore throats! Momma always said to drink more water, and she was right!
-Eat a healthy breakfast before heading out the door. Your body needs fuel to plan your wedding, so give it what it needs! If you’re not a breakfast person, try a protein shake, or a piece of fruit to get your body ready for the day.
-Wake your body up with a gentle yoga flow or some stretching. Not only will this help your body loosen up after sleeping for 7-8 hours, but exercising in the morning may help you be more active throughout the day.
During the winter months, viruses spread easier while we’re cooped up indoors waiting out the freezing temperatures. Getting exercise and fresh air is tricky when your fingers and nose hurt after a few seconds outside! Here’s how you can protect yourself from the cold, while still getting some fresh air.
-Layer up! Remember, you can always shed layers when you’re out, but you can’t add more after you’ve left your warm home behind.
-Add a scarf or balaclava to protect your airways. While the fresh air is great, our systems can get a nasty shock from taking in the cold air. My husband and I like these: https://www.amazon.com/Wrong-Gear-Warrior-outdoor-Activities/dp/B076GDY6B7/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1549205425&sr=8-3&keywords=wrong+gear+face+mask. They have a mesh ventilation to go over your mouth and nose, and also have a velcro back so that it doesn’t slide off your face!
-Go for a walk around the block at lunch, when it’s typically warmer outside.
As the days get shorter, and working hours become the daylight hours, it can be hard to keep a positive mindset. Not to mention that with the sub-zero temps, our homes can become a fortress in which we rarely leave. It’s no wonder SAD can be a real struggle! Here’s some tips that’ll help you get through the days, and stay at your peak self.
-Go out with some friends and have FUN! Stress can make us more susceptible to viruses and bugs, and all around more irritable. If something about wedding planning is stressing you out more than it’s worth, see if you can delegate the task. If all else fails, try some deep breathing.Why be stressed when you can be #blessed?
-Laugh! Laughter is the best medicine, after all! I like listening to Jim Gaffigan or Jon Crist on drives, or after a long day.
-Take some me time, and try out self care. Whether your cup of tea is just that, or taking a nice bubble bath, you do you!
-Remember your vitamins! Taking your daily multi-vitamin is important, but oftentimes, it’s not quite enough when it comes to certain vitamins. In the Northeast, many people suffer from a Vitamin D deficiency, especially in the winter. Talk to your doctor about having a simple blood test done to see if you’re deficient in this essential vitamin that helps your immune system.
-WASH. YOUR. HANDS. With how often we touch our faces without even thinking about it, this is a huge player in your defense squad against colds. I like to carry hand sanitizer with me everywhere. If you notice someone who you’ve just shaken hands with is sniffling like crazy, or coughs into their hands (ewww) rather than their elbow, break out the sanitation team! Another prime time to use hand sanitizer is after you visit a store where you’re using a shopping cart or hand basket. There’s no telling if the last person who used it was healthy or not, so it’s best to be proactive. You can go with a basic purell, use a natural sanitizer, or get a fun smelling one! I like to use the ones from Bath and Body because they don’t seem to dry out my skin. You can shop them here: https://www.bathandbodyworks.com/s?q=sanitizer&lang=en_US
-Diffuse some essential oils. While science can be a little murky on the real benefits of EOs, there’s no denying that diffusing some Eucalyptus or Peppermint can help troubled sinuses breathe easier. One of our favorite EO blends is called Theives by Young Living (Doterra version is On Guard). Thieves is named such because during the plagues, robbers would use this aromatic mixture to avoid getting ill while raiding the houses of those who had passed away from the plague. You can read more about it here: https://www.youngliving.com/blog/all-about-thieves/ and find ways to use it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c6FjpGPS2tI
-Listen to your body. If you’re exhausted, or just feeling a little off, don’t feel bad about taking a break and resting!
-Keep everything in moderation. If you want a cookie, go for it! Being healthy is about balance, not being a dictator on what you can and can’t have.
Last but not least, remember that while your wedding day is important, what’s most important comes after all the decorations are taken down- and that’s your relationship with each other. This is the foundation on which your lives together will begin, so enjoy this period of being engaged and planning your wedding. Have fun with it!
February 3, 2019