Don't Want to Be a Bridezilla? Follow This 4-Step Guide to Inner Peace and Happiness

With the countless items on your bridal checklist, you sure need a breather.

If you're in the midst of planning your wedding, you'd know that it demands time, effort, and (most of) your attention. And while brides can't escape this harsh reality, they do get to choose whether they want to sail through or scrape through—in simpler terms, do you want to be bridezilla or bridechilla? 

We'd expect that you pick the latter, so here's how to make it happen. Ektaa Sibal, Inner-Self Transformation Specialist, says, "True inner peace can be achieved when we deeply connect with ourselves. And contrary to popular belief, it is easier than you may think. Connecting with yourself opens the pathway to a plethora of possibilities such as viewing phases of life from a different perspective and learning along the way. These realisations consequently give way to an innate sense of peace and happiness and unlock one's hidden abilities to overcome their fears, insecurities, and doubts by building inner strength to face life challenges."

To reset and reconnect with yourself, follow this 5-point rule:

1. Release your emotional baggage

2. Forgive and love yourself

3. Accept people and situations as is, without being critical

4. Cherish pleasant memories

5. Take a break to do what makes you happy 

Another great way to connect with your inner-self and find calm and happiness deep within is to practice meditation.

Sibal's 4-Step Guide to Peace of Mind and Happiness

"Dedicating just 5 to 10 minutes each day to practice this 4-step guide can bring about a welcome change—clearing your mind and detaching you from worldly turmoil—so that you can reset, recentre, and refocus." 

Step 1: Breath Work to Relax and Refocus

Conscious and controlled breathing helps shift the focus of the mind. Follow a simple technique called '4-7-8 breathing', wherein you close your eyes and inhale through the nose for a count of four, hold onto your breath for a count of seven, and exhale through the mouth for a count of eight. 

Step 2: Release to Declutter your Mind

Try to release and let go of past negative thoughts, emotions, fears, and insecurities. First, accept that they exist in your mind, and then give your brain the instruction: "I choose to release these unhelpful emotions, feelings, fears, and insecurities from my mind, body, and soul." Repeat this affirmation a few times.

Step 3: Recenter to Your Third Eye or Your Heart

Bring your focus back to the third eye point or place your hand on your heart while breathing, and say, "I infuse peace and happiness within me with every breath I take." Repeat this affirmation a few times.

Step 4: Journal to Experience Gratitude and Joy

Make it a habit to journal your experience. After a few days of following this practice, go back and read your previous journal logs. This will not only motivate you to continue the process but will also create a sense of satisfaction and stability.

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