Most brides get stressed in the lead up to their big day, but imagine if you were in Meghan Markle’s Manolo Blaniks, with the whole world watching…
Besides the adrenalin rush of planning and organising, weddings put the couple squarely in the centre of attention. Suddenly being in the spotlight—with guests (and in Meghan’s case, the world) watching every loving glance and handhold—can be enough to put the calmest of nearlywed into a frenzy.
Besides bringing on breakouts, stress can also result in digestion issues, headaches, irritability, insomnia and poor concentration—not symptoms a bride wants on the eve of her happiest day.
There’s little doubt that bride-of-the-moment Meghan Markle would be experiencing her share of nerves and pre-ceremony stress, with her wedding to Prince Harry boasting a guest list of the who’s who of the royal and celebrity worlds.
With that much attention, it’s important for Meghan to invest in pre-wedding pampering to foster relaxation, while putting her in a centered state, ready for the big day.
Meghan Markle’s Pre-Wedding Pamper Menu
Take a Bikram Yoga Class
While Bikram yoga boasts all of the benefits of the traditional practice, it also has the added advantage of detox thanks to the room temp of 105 degrees Fahrenheit, which allows toxins to sweat out through skin pores. With 26 postures and specific breathing techniques, one 90 minute session will not only help Meghan to tone, but also bring on a sense of wellbeing, as well as a calm mind, regardless of how many paparazzi are at her door.
Book in for a Massage sans Toxins
Massage will not only help the future princess relax, but also boost circulation and detoxification. One of London’s glamour spas, The Berkeley, offers organic treatments guaranteed to melt away any hint of stress. Meghan could book in for a 50 minute massage ritual that uses only natural, sustainable and organic products.
With Meghan’s skin a canvas for all types of makeup come her big day, it’s important to give her skin some down time, free of any products. Going (face) naked for a day or two allows the skin to breathe. It’s also a positive move for self esteem, showing Meghan she doesn’t need the latest mascara or concealer to make her fit for her prince.
Groom Using a Natural Brush
Using a natural vegan brush will give Meghan’s hair a gorgeous sheen, thanks to activation of natural oils caused by brushing. Daily brushing also helps to remove accumulated sebum and dirt and increases the scalp’s blood circulation. The simple act of brushing for about five minutes every day is also a perfect opportunity to stop, sit and do something meditative.
Do a Hair Detox
Hair limits are tested thanks to a barrage of creams, colors, gels, sprays and lotions. Build up of these toxins results in dull strands, damage and chemical build up. Meghan could combine one cup of sea salt, one cup of apple cider vinegar and two cups of baking soda to her bath and soak. This will give her a hair detox and get her chocolate strands ready for the big day styling session.
Take a Walk in Nature
Connecting with nature is not only grounding, but also brings about a sense of calm and peace. Meghan—and every bride-to-be—could benefit greatly from taking strolls in the countryside, well away from the prying eyes of the media. Clean, fresh air fills the lungs with negative ions, which are life affirming and health boosting. Once they reach the bloodstream, negative ions help to increase the mood-lifting chemical serotonin, while alleviating stress and boosting energy.
Spend Quality Time with Friends
Meghan may be about to marry the man who was once one of the world’s most sought after bachelors, but it’s important to also spend some quality time with friends before the big day. Whether it’s a spot of shopping or a catch up session over a pot of herbal tea, connecting with friends can help to bring the soon-to-be-bride back down-to-earth, while forgetting about any stress that may crop up thanks to last minute wedding to-dos.
It’s easy to forget about drinking water when you’re wedding-busy. Plastic bottles are an eco no-no and a trend passé, thanks to chemicals that leach into the water. Meghan Markle should take an ethically produced glass bottle, fill it with living spring water and a dash of Celtic sea salt and carry it with her as she does her day-to-day organising. Not only will her skin be hydrated for the big day, but she’ll be forming a healthy habit that will take her well beyond the altar.
Meditation is a bride’s best friend. Taking just 20 minutes out of her busy day to stop and focus on her breathing will do Meghan a world of wedding good. Not only will it help to calm frazzled nerves, it will also help Meghan focus with clear intention onto the tasks that need to be tended to, from gown fittings to hair trials. Meditation has been proven to lower blood pressure and bring on a state of complete relaxation.
Do Little (or nothing at all)
The art of just sitting and doing nothing may take practice, especially with the busy of life of a princess with demands at every turn. Meghan would benefit from simply kicking back and doing little to nothing, from reading a book to catching up on her favourite television comedy. Taking time out can work health wonders and help curb the pre-wedding day jitters.
Is there something you did pre-wedding to de-stress that Meghan Markle should know about? Please share in the comments!