Balancing Work-Life and Planning a Wedding!


I never understood the stress and chaos of planning a wedding until I had to plan mine. Between living and working in Dubai, managing work here and planning a wedding in Greece and coordinating with family and friends all over the world, things can get a bit challenging and overwhelming, to say the least!  

Maria Abi Hanna, Bride-to-Be!

Maria Abi Hanna, Bride-to-Be!

While this is a happy time in my life, it is also a tense and emotional period which means stress levels are high, sleeping patterns are disrupted and food and exercise have taken a backseat.

Here’s a few of my two cents on staying healthy while prepping for a wedding:

Avoid crash dieting and quick fixes

As this is a very stressful time, it is not the time for fad or restrictive diets, instead enjoy a more balanced meal plan with fresh fruits and vegetables, lean meats, low-fat diary, whole grains and healthy fats. Remember to eat food that nourishes your body and focus on adding wholesome food rather than cutting down calories and deprivation

Eat well…most of the time!

I like to practice the 80/20 rule especially when it is a time of many celebrations! It’s OK to eat healthy 80% of the time and give yourself 20% of the time to splurge a little and enjoy the festivities


To ensure a healthy glow and good skin, make sure you stay well-hydrated and drink at least 2 – 3 liters of water a day. Avoid processed food, high sugar items and refined carbohydrates like candies, cakes, and sodas, and alcohol

 Practice Meditation

With the huge list of to-do’s and your mind racing, it can be hard to calm down and get some rest. Five to ten minutes of meditation before bedtime can help do that and improve your quality of sleep. Headspace is one of my favorite apps to use!

Find an Exercise You Love

Don’t exercise for the sole purpose of burning calories or losing weight, do an activity you enjoy and look forward to. Exercise is a great stress reliever, it helps clear your mind, improve your mood and boost your circulation


There aren’t enough hours in the day when you are working and planning a wedding so make time for yourself. Dedicate at least 15 minutes a day of “ME Time”. Book a few facials and massages and do some retail therapy in the months leading up to the big day


With all the excitement going on, getting some sleep can be difficult. Try to get in your 8 hours each night as this is important for your health

Finally, I’m not too sure what the big day is going to feel like, but everyone says it passes so quickly! Recently, a friend of mine gave me a piece of advice she wished someone had shared with her before her wedding and that is to be 100% present, enjoy every moment, not worry about the little things, and pay attention to what matters the most, having all the people you love in one place!

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