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A Royal Pain: Ridding Yourself of Wedding Stress

By Sara Butler

Royal Wedding

People go crazy about weddings. Throw in a prince and a soon-to-be princess (Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, anyone?) and you’ve just kicked it up a level to insane. Don’t get me wrong, I love a good wedding -- especially a royal one. I still remember getting up at an obscene hour to watch Lady Di and Prince Charles tie the knot in 1984. People sure do love royal weddings. Or maybe we’re just suckers for the prospect of a fairytale romance, though that one didn’t turn out the way we had hoped.

Nevertheless, it’s safe to say that wedding season has begun. It’s not just Meghan and Harry who are tying the knot because it’s likely you know someone getting ready to walk down the aisle. That whole thing about June brides is very real. Chances are you or someone you know (whether you’re royal or not) are stressed to the max with all that wedding planning. We’re all just six degrees of Bridezilla.

Weddings need not take place at Windsor Castle or be internationally televised to be a source of stress for you. The chiropractors at The Joint want to help you work through that stress, so here are some tips fit for a king to help you deal.

Catch Some Zzz’s

With so much to do, sleep can be the first thing you sacrifice when gearing up for your big day. You don’t honestly think Meghan Markle looks as beautiful as she does because she is working on just a few hours of sleep each night, do you? No way!

The chiropractors at The Joint Chiropractic suggest you get about the same amount of sleep each night. That means you should try going to bed and getting up at about the same time each day -- even on weekends. Don’t sacrifice sleep throughout the week with the assumption you can catch up later -- it doesn’t work that way. Sleep deficits aren’t something you can fix easily. If you want to be at your very best for your big day, then sleep must be a priority. Aim for eight hours of quality sleep each night. Be sure to ask your chiropractor about sleep habits that help to support a healthy spine too.

Get Rid of the Three D's

If you think you can look great on the most photographed day of your life by incorporating anything with the words detoxifying, depriving, or dieting in it, then chiropractors at The Joint want you to know you’re wrong. You don’t maintain good health by crash dieting, cutting certain food groups out of your diet, or doing some crazy detox involving lemons and maple syrup.

You must take a more balanced and healthy approach to attaining and maintaining a healthy weight for your body to work optimally. Start slowly with something specific, such as adding more whole grains to each meal or trying one new vegetable each week. Make sure your diet is full of lean protein, fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and plenty of water. This will help to ensure good spinal health as well as overall health as you get closer to the big day!

See Your Chiropractor

There’s evidence to suggest that a great way to help reduce stress is to have regular chiropractic adjustments. The American Chiropractic Association reports that three-fourths of Americans regularly experience physical symptoms associated with stress. I would venture to guess that brides make up a big part of that statistic!

There’s no denying that chronic stress is bad for your health. It can lead to long-term health issues and impact your spinal health too. Chronic stress can cause headaches, impact your immune system, and even increase your blood pressure. Plus, when you’re under a lot of stress you can try to compensate with bad habits such as smoking, drinking, or overeating. The chiropractors at The Joint can help with natural hands-on treatments that help your body work optimally and reduce stress along the way.

I’ll be tuning in to watch Prince Harry finally get taken off the market -- I can’t wait to see the dress, the pomp and circumstance, and the fanfare that goes along with a royal wedding. I just hope Meghan and Harry see a chiropractor regularly, because wedding stress is no joke!

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