So, it’s close to the big day! You have your placemats and flowers picked out, the band for the reception has been booked, and you finally found that one special brand of champagne for your guests after weeks of searching. Everything is ready to go for your dream wedding. But… you feel the butterflies and anxiety in your stomach.
Despite their beauty and symbolism, weddings can be incredibly stressful to plan and execute. So, here are some pro tips on how to destress and rejuvenate before your wedding day.
It is important to take care of yourself first and foremost. Before your big day, take some time to get a massage, facial, pedicure, manicure, or even just sit in a spa for a few hours. Taking care of yourself shouldn’t be seen as an unnecessary indulgence but a normal part of staying on balance and managing your stress.
Regular mild to moderate exercise has been proven to reduce stress levels and help lessen anxiety. So, try to get on a running schedule or pick up some sport as a hobby. Go to the gym and lift some weight or just get active with some physical movement. Also, regular exercise will help make your wedding dress or tux fit better!
Very often, when people have stress or anxiety they often keep things bottled up and do not express themselves. If you notice a lot of stress, consider picking up journaling. Writing your thoughts down on paper lets you vent but also allows you to better assess your thoughts so you can figure out the root of your issues. Journaling is also cheap as all you need is a notebook, a pen, and some free time.
Meditation is another effective way of managing stress. Meditation is fairly simple. All you have to do is clear your mind and focus on the rhythm of your breathing. Meditate for about 10-15 minutes in the morning or before you go to bed or try this calming meditation. Meditation can slow your heart rate and relax your muscles. Meditation will also help lessen anxiety and stress.
Take Some Time Off
Try to carve out some space in your schedule to do something you enjoy and forget about the wedding for a little bit. It could be going to a movie with some friends, playing your favorite video game, or digging into that new book you bought but haven’t had time to read. You should be able to disconnect for a few hours, forget about the wedding, and focus on something you are personally interested in.
One problem with wedding planning is burning out. People try to take on the entire mantle of planning for things themselves. Obviously, if you try to do too much, you will spread yourself too thin. Try outsourcing as much as you can. For example, you can designate someone to mail-out invitations or handle RSVPs. No matter how much you try, you won’t be able to handle everything yourself. So feel free to hand off some tasks to people you trust.
Don’t Feel Bad
Most importantly, you should not beat yourself up for being stressed or anxious. Stress and anxiety are normal parts of the human experience. It is perfectly normal and expected to feel that way before a big life-changing event like a wedding. You should not let feelings of stress or anxiety convince you that you are making the wrong decision. After all, you are only human, and even the strongest of humans need time to destress and relax.