Make no mistake, weddings are stressful! Here are the top five ways to help keep stress at bay.
Keep your perspective.
It’s difficult to do this, but you do need to be aware that everything is simply not going to go perfectly as planned 100 percent of the time. You’re dealing with people, and humans being what they are, you simply can’t please everyone. The main goal here is to have a nice time with your family and friends while proclaiming your love to and creating a lifetime commitment with the one you love. This will happen whether you choose the chicken kiev or chicken marsala, and whether your mother-in-law wears a long or short dress. You can safely let most of your stress go out the window, because many of the things you’re worried about won’t matter in the grand scheme of your day or of your life together.
Don’t Neglect Other Hobbies, Your Job or Your Friends
Right now, you may be thinking about nothing other than your upcoming wedding, but try to keep other important things in your life at the forefront, too. One surefire way to be labeled a “bridezilla” is to forget that other people have things going on as well. Be there for your friends if they have crises or celebrations of their own. Continue as usual in your workplace; try not to schedule wedding-related appointments during working hours, or, barring that, take a personal day and try to get them all done at once. Find other things to do to take your mind off of your wedding-planning stress sometimes. Remember that not everything is about your wedding!
Take Good Physical Care of Yourself
Particularly as the day gets closer, you may be tempted to not eat as well, to skimp on sleep or to forget about your workout routine. All of these bad habits can cause you to feel even more stressed out than you already are. Be sure to get your eight hours of shuteye, eat three meals (plus snacks) every day, and get at least 30 minutes of exercise daily. Take your vitamins if you normally do, and try to get outside in the fresh air and sun for at least a few minutes each day.
Spend Quality Time with Your Fiance
In the midst of all of the planning, you might be forgetting to nurture your relationship with your beloved. If all of your talk is about the upcoming ceremony and reception, then it’s time to take a break and do something else that you enjoy. Go out for dinner and make a pact to talk about anything other than the wedding for the evening. See a movie, go bowling, or spend the day walking along the beach. Once the honeymoon is over, you’ll need to find things to do and talk about other than wedding-planning, so you might as well keep that part of your relationship alive and well!
Take Time to Enjoy Everything
With all of the chaos and mayhem that whirls around you while you’re planning your wedding, it can be hard to appreciate all of the wonderful things about being a bride-to-be. You’ll get advice from your grandmother and other older ladies who have gone before, you’ll get fawned over when making your bridal registry, and you’ll get lots of compliments on your ring. Savor all of these moments, because there won’t be another time in your life exactly like it ever again!
Remember that all of your planning is to prepare you for the momentous occasion when you make the promise to love, honor and cherish your soon-to-be-husband until death do you part! If you find yourself too stressed out to enjoy the process, then take a hot bubble bath and listen to your favorite music, have a long chat with your best friend or simply snuggle up with your fiance and let go of your tension. This is supposed to be fun, remember?