The stress of wedding planning is over and you’ve said your I do’s. Now comes the real fun: the honeymoon! Don’t let this chance at rest and relaxation blow right past you: you’ll want to take time to soak in each and every moment with your new spouse.
Practicing mindfulness is a great way to create new memories and practice gratitude for your first adventure as a married couple. So what is mindfulness? It’s the act of living in the here and now, and being completely aware of the present moment.
Here are some tips to practice mindfulness on your honeymoon:
Dedicate time for meditation each day of your trip to bring yourself into the present moment. We recommend a morning and evening meditation session lasting anywhere from 10 to 30 minutes. You can either book meditations at your honeymoon resort or download an app to your phone to guide you through the practice. If you’d like to combine meditation with exercise, try booking a yoga class with you and your spouse.
The power of meditation is well documented. In a recent study, meditation improved anxiety levels 60% of the time.
Reconnect with Nature
Choose a honeymoon destination that lets you enjoy the great outdoors. Reconnecting with nature can revive the mind, body, and spirit. Viewing nature brings positive emotions and calms our nervous system. It also increases trust, cooperation, and closeness with others, making it a perfect activity for your honeymoon.
If there’s water nearby, consider booking a sunset cruise to take in the fresh air. Any destination with mountains will have beautiful hikes and trails to enjoy. Even if you choose a metropolitan destination, you can still explore urban gardens or take in stunning rooftop views.
Learn a New Thing Together
Strengthen your relationship while expanding your perspective by learning a new thing together on your honeymoon. A study revealed that couples who did “novel” and “arousing” activities reported an increase in passion and relationship quality.
So what new activities can you do on your honeymoon? Get a taste of local cuisine and expand your recipe book at a cooking class, or feel the rhythm at a dancing class. If you’re staying near the water, try snorkeling and identifying local marine life and plants as you swim.
Keep a Journal
Write memories from your trip down while they are still fresh. Bring a journal along and jot down your favorite moments from the day. Practicing gratitude is a powerful way to appreciate the moments, and you’ll always have your journal to read back on and remind you of the amazing trip you took with your newlywed!
Practicing mindfulness on your honeymoon will allow you to return home invigorated and excited for the next chapter of your life– happily ever after.
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Iona is a Wellness Coach specialising in relationships and dating. She works with single women to write their own love stories.