Why mindfulness can help you to de-stress while wedding planning
25 Jul 2016
Find inner peace with the help of Collin Christine, creator and founder of Mindful Bride to Be.
Mindfulness meditation will be your new favorite activity as a bride-to-be. Never heard of mindfulness meditation? You're not alone. It's been around for thousands of years, helping people in their lives to live more balanced and stress-free lifestyle. Today, we are starting to get a better understanding of why it seems to be beneficial for so many aspects of life, from helping to releive stress, to sleep and control of our emotions.
For starters, let’s define what mindfulness is: Mindfulness is a non judgmental awareness of experiences in the present moment. As busy brides-to-be, it's important that we take some time to breathe and be present in the moment so that we are able to plan everything with grace and ease. With that in mind, here are five reasons why you might want to consider incorporating mindfulness meditation into your daily life.
1. It lowers stress
Research published just last month in the Journal of Health Psychology, shows that mindfulness is associated with feeling less stressed. This will help you when you're stressed before trying on the dress, collating RSVPs and sorting the seating plan - to name but a few of the frustrations you will face.
2. It makes music sound better
Mindfulness meditation improves our focused engagement in music, helping us to truly enjoy and experience what we’re listening to - according to a study in the Journal of Psychology of Music. This will really help you to relax in your new husband's arms and enjoy the moment during your first dance as a couple.
3. It helps us even when we’re not even practising it
You don’t have to actually be meditating for it to still benefit your brain’s emotional processing. That’s the finding of a study in the Journal of Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, which shows that the amygdala brain region’s response to emotional stimuli is changed by meditation, and this effect occurs even when a person isn’t actively meditating. It will be working hard for you 24:7 so you can focus on planning your big day.
4. It has four elements that help us in different ways
The health benefits of mindfulness can be boiled down to four elements, according to a Perspectives on Psychological Science study: body awareness, self-awareness, regulation of emotion and regulation of attention.
5. It makes you a better person
Sure, we love all the things meditation does for us. But it could also benefit people we interact with, by making us more compassionate, according to a study in the Journal of Psychological Science. Researchers from North Eastern and Harvard universities found that meditation is linked with more virtuous, 'do-good' behavior. Who doesn't want to feel good both inside and out on their big day?
Whether you just got engaged, you're preparing to try on dresses, or you're about to walk down the aisle, practising mindfulness meditation can help you become more balanced, stress free, and calm. You really will notice a difference in the entire experience of planning a wedding if you apply it to your life. Imagine being able to truly be in the moment and be part of the process of getting married, instead of being stressed and letting it go by in a quick blur. Breathe in breathe out and be present.