7 Ways to Handle Wedding Planning Stress
As soon as your partner pops the question, it’s easy to want to dive in to wedding planning as soon as possible. You can start to feel overwhelmed with logistics, budget and timing and go down a rabbit hole of stress. Especially during this unforeseen time,there are other burdens you typically would not have to encounter in addition to your wedding planning. Take a breath and focus on the big picture: you are going to be marrying the love of your life! See below for our tips on how to combat wedding planning stress with a solid gameplan.
Set aside time to disconnect from technology and social media to give your brain a mental break. Sometimes it can seem counterintuitive when there is so much to do, but anything you are working on will still be there when you come back to it. Momentarily freeing yourself from social media is good for the soul, and a reminder to not compare every detail of your wedding to those online.
2. Get Outside
Get your body moving in times of stress. Something as simple as a walk will allow you to clear your head and get some much-needed fresh air. Soak up that Vitamin D and devote time to staying happy and healthy.
Meditation can be immensely helpful in practicing mindfulness every day. It’s a moment you create for yourself to pause, reflect and find peace. There are several apps you can download from your phone that allow you to set the amount of time you wish to meditate and areas of thought you want to target. Headspace, Calm and Aura are popular options to keep you centered and help clear the mind.
4. Have a Date Night
Among all the wedding planning craziness, it’s easy to lose sight of what is most important: your partner! Stay connected and remember to keep “dating” each other until the day you say ‘I Do.’ Integrate simple date nights into your routine such as having a movie marathon or making a romantic dinner together.
5. Delegate Your Duties
Remember, it’s okay to ask for help! When feeling overwhelmed, see which aspects of your wedding you can have loved ones step in and help with. For a wedding, it takes two – what details can your fiance be responsible for? What can your Maid of Honor, bridesmaids, parents and future Mother-in-Law do to cross items off your checklist? More often than not, the ones you love will be happy to help, and will make them feel even more involved on the day you tie the knot.
6. Say Yes to Self Care
Treat yourself to some self care and be kind to your body, inside and out. Run a bath, give yourself a manicure, listen to your favorite podcast, cook your favorite meal – find moments of joy and relish in them.
7. Keep Perspective
Don’t sweat the small stuff. At the end of the day, most of the things you are worrying about now will not matter when the big day arrives. Ask yourself, “Would I care about this if I was throwing a birthday party?” You do not have to enjoy the wedding planning process, and your wedding is not a competition. Your wedding day symbolizes a forever partnership that outweighs anything and everything else.
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