Alas, the days are getting shorter, a cool breeze lingers on the wind, and wedding hashtags are thinning out on social media feeds. If you listen closely, you might even hear the leaves softly cheering: “wedding season is over!”
Weddings are a beautiful synergy of love, laughter, joy, friendship – and usually, some abundant indulging. Multiply that by half a dozen weddings (average) per season, and you may be feeling a little low on prana, that universal “life force” energy.
Weddings bring us together, but they can also leave us losing touch with intuitive eating habits and healthy routines. Relax, breathe easy and remember that you were present in the moment, which is what weddings are all about.
Whether you were the one tying the knot (yay, congrats!) or the serial wedding guest, *sigh of relief,* we’re entering the down season of nuptial hustle. After months on the wedding circuit, it’s time to turn inward and further celebrate self-care.
Nourish Yourself, Inside & Out
Wedding season can reinforce an ‘eat with abandon, reset later’ attitude, which is totally okay. Especially if there was a midnight mini vegan donut table, or an endless top-up of bubbly.
Restoring balance back at home is a perfect place to start – whether it’s a green juice cleanse or stocking your fridge with fresh, nutritious whole foods. As you reminisce through the stream of wedding pics, munch on healthy snacks like veggies and homemade hummus, celery and raw almond butter, late summer berries, raw nuts and seeds. Fall is just around the corner, aka more time to experiment with warm, nourishing recipes.
Detox the outside of your fridge too, by retiring past save-the-dates and wedding invites, and freeing up space for the seasonal transition.
Restore Regular Movement
Feeling out of sync with your body? Late nights and erratic eating patterns are pretty much an intrinsic part of wedding season. Flowing back into yoga, heading into the forest, or practicing your fave form of movement is key to reconnecting with that precious vessel of yours.
Detox the Mind & Consider Doing Less
You’ve been planning, scheduling and celebrating for months. Time to rejoice and catch up on podcasts, new books, and mindfulness-based stress reduction methods. This could mean trying out a sound meditation or a daily sitting practice. A social media hiatus can also help calm the mind and ease any residual wedding overwhelm.
Summer – and wedding season – can cause us to majorly overextend ourselves. We tend to commit to more activities as the days stretch longer. Now is a fantastic time to consider the art of doing less.
Take a Solo-moon
Craving some personal time and space? If you’ve had your (third) eye on a vipassana retreat or a restorative spa weekend, you could always #treatyourself to a solo-moon.
Time spent in solitude can help achieve more personal growth, self-compassion and happiness.
Go ahead, savour some quality alone time, before the next wedding cycle orbits back around.