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As a bride, groom or wedding planner, you may soon begin to feel that you are being drained of your energy. This is as a result of trying to balance your daily commitments with your wedding planning, the excitement and the stress. If you are feeling sluggish or as if you are about to nod off behind your desk, try the following:

1. Breathe – our brain tires when we do not give it enough oxygen. Take a few slow breaths that feel as if they are filling your entire lung, right to the top. This also lowers the level of cortisol (the stress hormone) in our blood and increases the number of endorphins we have, which are great for our energy levels.

2. Eat breakfast – many people complain that eating breakfast just makes them hungry at 10am. This is a good thing. It means your metabolism is getting the chance to work. Protein and vegetables are a great idea for breakfast, as is fruit, nuts and yoghurt.

3. Watch your posture – slumping limits the amount of air getting into your lungs, which then limits the amount of oxygen enriching your muscles, tissues, organs and brain. Sit straight up behind your desk and in your car.

4. Get moving – stand up every now and then and move around so that you revive your circulation. If you drive a lot, make sure you make regular stops and stroll around the car a few times. You should move around at least once an hour.

5. Listen to music – if you feel your concentration slipping and your eyelids drooping, listen to some energetic music that is guaranteed to lift your mood.

6. Get some sunshine – nothing like fresh air and sunshine to reawaken the mind and body.

7. Sleep more – you cannot run on fuel you do not have, so get a good night’s sleep in.

8. Spoil yourself – if you have been working for weeks on end with no bright light in sight, give yourself a break. Go to the salon, watch a game with your friends or spend your Saturday in bed with DVD’s. Do whatever it takes to get your mind off work or wedding planning and just spoil yourself.

9. Switch off – When you are trying to relax or enjoy yourself, turn of your mobile phone, unplug your landline and seal your laptop. This may stress you out at first, but you will soon get used to the peace.

10. Take a stroll – Walking for just half an hour a day is a great way to ease your mind from the stresses and strains of the day. It also increases the metabolism, improves circulation and increases the amount of oxygen getting around your body.

11. Drink less coffee – most people combat feelings of tiredness or lethargy by glugging another cup of coffee. However, this just makes your mind and body less receptive to the invigorating effects of the caffeine. By cutting your coffee consumption down, you will find that, when you do have a cuppa, you will definitely feel its effects. Do not forget to drink plenty of water, though.

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