All brides and grooms to-be want their wedding to the happiest and most exciting days of their lives…until alas, the stress kicks in. The pressure of getting married and largely the stress associated with marriage planning itself is one that drives many couples to bickering and sleepless nights. Staying calm amidst the wedding planning storm, is one of the kindest things to do to yourself and yes, although it is natural to feel some kind of pressure amidst the decision-making it need not be a full blown bridal meltdown! Most people tend to ignore this aspect when it comes to important wedding planning tips but a little knowledge on keeping the cool will go a long way in keeping the peace!
Juggling between work, your social life and the wedding planning can lead to an exhaustion that does no good for your mind or your body. Here are a few tips to help keep the stress levels down:
Identify the source: One of the most important things when it comes to managing wedding stress is to identify what your triggers are…the things that begin with you feeling slightly panicky to aspects that fuel a hours long comfort food pig-out! It could be the budget, your families, the smaller decisions etc. Once you know what is bothering you the most, sit down and come up with rational solutions to deal with each problem. Some may be a short term solutions like avoiding calls from a relative who is overbearing to more far reaching ones like tackling the wedding budget issue and finding a way to manage funds so that you aren’t in debt later. Identifying the stress inducers and dealing with them step by step will keep your fresh and focused on the tasks at hand.
Be kind to your body: Exercise is probably the best medicine for both the physical and emotional toll. It helps alleviate the negativity and releases feel-good endorphins that will do much for your mood. Plus think of what amazing things a good workout can do to your body! Meditation can also help when you need a break from the chaos. Make sure you eat healthy, well-balanced meals. Depriving yourself or over-eating is only going to make keeping a calm mind all the more difficult. Lastly, sleep is essential. Try and stick to a reasonable sleeping schedule… a well rested mind is the best to tackle your preparations.
Take a time out: Take a break for some ‘me’ time for a well-deserved rest. It could be a trip to the spa, reading a good book or watching a movie, a log conversation with your best friend; anything that is just for you and gives you a strong feeling of contentment.
Lastly, take a deep breath and appreciate the happiness that is to come!
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