Controlling Stress When Planning Your Wedding
Do you feel like you are literally on the verge of becoming a groomzilla or a bridezilla?
While getting engaged and planning your wedding is an opportunity to celebrate your love and commitment, such a moment can be stressful despite it being exciting and meaningful. Of course, there’s an expectation that your upcoming wedding will be one of the happiest times of your life. But when it’s not, it can be disappointing, confusing, and somehow even shameful.
Having said all that, how do you go about controlling stress and protecting your mental health when planning your wedding? Here are just a few of our favourite self-care tips to controlling stress when planning your upcoming wedding (and if self-care somehow sounds like a word you’d despise, rest assured that you won’t hate this reasonable advice.)
Unplug For One Hour
First things first: take a break and let your mind relax. Shut the world away for a while. Put your phone away, turn off the TV, shut down your laptop and just disconnect. Take regular breaks from constantly scrolling through design feeds and vendor profiles to let your mind relax. Don't be scared to tune out for a while because you think it has to be done right now. Stretch out, run a bath, or make yourself a snack. This way, you’ll be able to get back to it with more energy.
Fresh air will do wonders for you. This is helpful both in the long-term and short-term. In the short-term, going for a walk is one of the best ways of clearing your head, especially if you are getting stressed when planning your wedding. In the long-term, by getting yourself more time outside every day, you stand to benefit from a wide range of health benefits. Besides, it’s cheap, easy, and totally transformative.
Like getting out for some fresh air, some more rigorous exercise comes with multiple benefits. Not only will it allow you to get out of "planning mode", those good endorphins always help anyone to feel better about things. It's not uncommon for people to want to train towards goals for a wedding too, so use the opportunity to keep both mind and body healthy.
Take a Break from Social Media
While social media may be helping you connect with ideas and tips for your wedding, it can also be a devil in disguise, forcing you to constantly compare your wedding to everyone elses'. You have to be realistic and honest with yourself - is social media stressing you out even more? Remember, what you see on Instagram and Pinterest, while it may seem like an amazing idea, is often not reality. Log out of your accounts for a while. Just take a step back to get back to your day.
Try Several Mindfulness Apps
Right now, mindfulness apps are all the rage - and for a good reason. There are some really amazing and modern tools to stop you from spinning out of control if you’re getting stressed, and a building block for a couple of mindful habits too. Headspace, Calm, and Buddhify are some of the popular options. They can really help you to reset your mind and rest, even when you only have a spare couple of minutes here and there.
Ultimately, we all know that weddings are a time of happiness, love and, most of all, fun with your family and friends. When the big day finally arrives, you'll wonder what all the stress was for and see how perfect your day is. Unfortunately, it's often difficult to know that without hindsight and you're not alone feeling the stress of wedding planning. So take our tips, and a moment to reflect on the bigger picture, and hopefully you feel significantly less stressed about planning your special event. Don't worry - your day will be perfect!