Time to rise and shine! It’s your wedding day ,a much waited ceremony is going to take place in one of the best wedding banquet halls around the corner! Take a few deep breaths and take a couple of cat-like stretches. Whether you’re the bride-to-be or groom-in-waiting, doubt, anxiety and nervousness in the weeks leading up to the wedding are normal and an unavoidable part of matrimonial celebrations. It is all normal but you don’t have to let it paralyse you! Beauty begins from within. Brides who adhere to this old adage know the drill.
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By choosing the right foods, you can cut down on the amount of anxiety you experience on a day-to-day basis, and get a health boost along the way. Check out the super stress relief foods topping our menu—that are also great to nosh on pre-wedding days.
- A Dose of Cocoa
If you love that dark chocolate, then this is the thing! You don’t need to look deep into those anti anxiety drug bottles or make a visit to the doctor in order to get yourself calm! Haven’t we all heard about the several good deeds of this decade old super-food cocoa? And not without a reason! Eating dark chocolate in moderation every day will definitely help pop up your mood as its beaming with antioxidants.
It really helps in lowering blood pressure and improving circulation besides reducing the stress hormone cortisol to a great extent. If you want to feel a sense of euphoria similar to the feeling of being in love, have cocoa everyday in little amounts!
- Chamomile Tea
The great chamomile tea has a flavonoid called apigenin which helps relax and calm down the nerves. Apart from this, it contains potassium, zinc and magnesium which again help in the calming effect. Having chamomile tea everyday will give you a peaceful night everyday as it helps to relieve sleep disorders as well. Sipping a hot cup of chamomile tea and enjoying a few moments of some cool breeze before you end your day is the right way to keep those pre-wedding jitters away and eliminating stress and anxiety to a great level.
Oranges have such a pleasant and invigorating aura about them isn’t it? They are zestful and pungent as well. Just adding a little of orange in anything, be it your oatmeal, salad or even a glass of smoothie makes you feeling energetic throughout the day.
These are jam-packed with vitamin C which is a powerful antioxidant and helps to lower the cortisol levels. Besides that oranges have natural sugars which do a lot of good to the body and help to repair the immune system as well. Enjoy an orange every single day not just to have a flawless skin but also to feel healthy before your D day.
- Go Nutty with Walnuts
Walnuts are a blessing, really and one of the best foods for anxiety! Eating a few walnuts every day will almost make you forget all the worries you may ever had, and take our word on that! It is a magical nut. Walnuts apart from having a lovely creamy taste are also rich in alpha linoleic acid and an excellent source of omega 3 fatty acids. It helps a great deal in helping to promote overall health by reducing weight and enhancing memory. Eat about five halves everyday to promote general well-being and eliminate all the panic attacks that you may be experiencing. Get ready for a new life with a huge smile and with the best colour combinations for summer wedding, as we say!
- Have Green Tea
One of the most commonly known stress relief foods for promoting good health, green tea was made popular by south East Asians and is commonly consumed by people all over the world today because of its health benefits.
Being full of antioxidants, it is also rich in a substance called theanine which helps to lose weight besides providing mental strength and relaxing the mind. Make sure you drink two to three cups of green day a day to keep those panic attacks at bay! Add a little honey to add that extra dose of sweetness towards the best days of your life!
Blueberries are super foods in themselves apart from being delicious in taste. Being rich in phytochemicals and considered by some to be one of the highest forms of antioxidants, these blueberries help to neutralize free radicals reducing skin and cell damage considerably. Nutritionists consider blueberries to be very beneficial in relieving stress as they are rich in vitamins and phytonutrients and benefit the human minds a great deal. Enjoy them over pancakes, oatmeal, smoothies, yogurt or even just a plain handful of them every day will make you shine and beam with pride!
B vitamins are essential in keeping a good mental health and Avocados are full of essential B vitamins thereby promoting good upkeep of the nervous system. It is important to know that it is B vitamins that support the neurotransmitters, keeping the cortisol hormone to a minimum and eliminating stress from your body. By helping to reduce blood pressure and keeping stress levels to a minimum, your body won’t feel the adrenaline and you won’t have to deal with the anxiety feelings at all. Great isn’t it? Have them whole; add to your sandwiches, smoothies, toasts, salads etc. to enjoy a good dose of this healthy fruit. Avocados are no doubt one of the best stress relieving foods you can have.
Think knitting or kneading bread—or even shelling nuts like pistachios or peanuts when you are suffering from stress or anxiety attacks. It is important to know that doing something repetitive with your hands may help silence your inner monologue when you have an ongoing loop of negative thoughts playing in your mind.
The added step of cracking open a shell of a pistachio slows down your eating, and the rhythmic moves will help you relax. By lowering blood pressure and heart rate and providing antioxidant support for cardiovascular health, eating pistachios may reduce acute stress you may be experiencing.
- Green Leafy Vegetables
Spinach contains folate, which produces dopamine, a pleasure-inducing brain chemical, helping you keep calm and promoting a general wellbeing just like most green leafy vegetables. So, always remember, it’s tempting to reach for a cheeseburger when stressed but have green veggies instead. According to many researches, you will be bound to feel calmer, happier, and more energetic on days you eat more fruits and veggies instead of non-veg and fast foods. According to researchers, healthy eating seems to predict a positive mood for the next day and keeps your mental health in check.
It is amazing to know that Cashews are one of the highest natural sources of tryptophan and one of the best stress relieving foods and this compound helps in the production of serotonin, the body’s feel good hormone. Apart from this, of course, we all love cashews aren’t it? They are so creamy, and fill you with good thoughts instantly. These also help to lower blood pressure, and prevent heart attacks. Apart from helping in bridal hair care and skin cashews are also dense in energy and high in fiber, being a great snack for managing weight gain. Seems perfect to have them everyday leading to your wedding, right? Well, we oblige, surely!
- Maca Root
As compared to any other fruit and vegetable, it is believed that this root has more phytonutrients. And it is also vital to note that these nutrients are excellent for controlling anxiety and keeping you in good form. The maca powder is found in a variety of health food stores and can be added to several foods and beverages. Maca root can also be used to increase healthy stamina and energy.
Bring on the calm and reach for this leafy stalk, celery is a great vegetable to add to your daily diet and one of the best foods for anxiety. What bride hasn’t had a mini-meltdown? Well, don’t panic as we say and have celery. Besides having a great flavour, celery has a good of good effects on your mind and replicates the same on your entire body as well. A star ingredient in most green juices, celery contains a de-stressing compound called pthalide, which helps a great deal when you are suffering from stress and anxiety. It can help reduce stress hormones and lower blood pressure to a great extent, so don’t forget to get your pack today, do you?
While supporting the rest of your body and your weight loss efforts, almonds are among the best ingredients for your anxiety. By eating almonds your body gets a boost of vitamin B2, which is known for its neurotransmitter benefits and immune system support. Almonds are also rich in protein and fiber. You don’t need to deal with severe illnesses when you do happen to pick something up and you won’t be as worried about getting ill if you include almonds in your diet. Almonds are also full of vitamin E, which also offers benefits for the immune system and give you a great looking skin.
Love salmon? Well, then just make sure you have a little more of it before your wedding day! This fish is packed with omega-3s— the ultimate stress fighters. Apart from giving you a great-looking skin that everybody would be envious of, it would help promote a feel good spirit and eliminate stress and anxiety completely.
If you incorporate this tasty protein into your meal rotation, your emotions will stay in control even when wedding craziness ramps up. Take our word on it!
Bask in the glory of your wedding day. You have waited long enough for it and you need to live these days to the fullest doing the best that you can and being more in love with yourself ! We want you to be healthy and be that bride who walks away with compliments and spreads good cheers all the year round! Yes, be that bride.
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