How to ease pre wedding stress
You’re gearing up for one of the biggest events of your life. There are endless things to sort out, many emails to reply to and countless people to call back. It’s inevitable you will feel overwhelmed even if things are running smoothly. Now sit back, make a cup of tea and take a breather while you read through our top tips for easing stress.
Don’t neglect your health
Many people go on fad diets leading up to their wedding. This may do more harm than good, as essential nutrients and fats are needed to keep our energy high, and body in optimum health. Many fad diets overlook this in a quest for instant weight loss, such as juice ‘cleanses’ high in sugar. These diets often manifest in a break out of spots, dull hair, mood swings and low energy. There’s no point losing a few pounds to squeeze into your outfit, when your skin looks pallid and you feel rundown. If you’re considering a juice detox, then look for vegetable based juice rather than just fruit, to compliment an already well balanced diet. Like many things in life, the hardest part of eating well is starting. Once you are in a routine of eating healthy food, it becomes second nature and your relationship with food begins to change for the better. Deliciously Ella is a great place to start for tasty and healthy recipes that are vegetarian, wheat and refined sugar free. You can also try Hemsley and Hemsley for nutrient dense recipes.
Nurture your mental health
You don’t have to be an expert to understand that the body and mind are connected, and neglecting either will lead to health problems later in life. Just like your physical health, your emotional and mental health need to be looked after in order for you to be your best self. Being more mindful of your emotional state and taking time to reflect are both extremely beneficial in keeping a healthy balance. Practicing Yoga, Meditation and gentle exercise work wonders for keeping you grounded and aware. If you struggle to find time to attend classes, there are excellent podcasts and YouTube tutorials available. Finding just 10 mins per day to do nothing works wonders. I guarantee you’ll feel a positive change from day one. If you’re not sure where to start, try downloading the Headspace app, which provides 10 mins of guided ‘headspace’ per day, or whenever you make the time. It’s very effective and sends notifications to remind you to make time, something a lot of us need in this busy world. Sign up here.
Lists are a great way of getting all your thoughts down on paper and making your head feel less scrambled. There’s something very satisfying about ticking off completed tasks. It helps get your thoughts in order and breaks tasks down into manageable pieces.
Log out of Facebook
Pinterest may be your best friend for Bridal inspiration boards, but social media in general is a disaster zone if you’re stressed. The constant stream of smug holiday photos and mundane status updates quickly becomes information overload, and can send someone stressed into a state of anxiety or in extreme cases, depression. Ask yourself what you’re using social media for. To contact a friend? Call them. For escapism? Watch a film. More often than not, you’ll find you’re scrolling mindlessly through social feeds just out of habit. There are endless other things you can do that are more productive, calming and positive than stalking everyone you went to school with just because you’re bored.
You may be the exception, but many couples planning a wedding drift into quite a self-absorbed state. Flaking out on plans might be tempting if you have a million and one things to do, but I urge you not to, and here’s why. Don’t assume your friends will understand if you don’t see them for a few weeks. They could be going through a stressful time themselves, and it’s your duty to be there for them. Having a rant to let out all your stress works wonders, and you’ll have some much needed headspace away from all your wedding preparation.
Go on a hot date, with your fiancé
Make time to go on dates with your partner. Just because you’re engaged doesn’t mean you should stop going on dates. If you have a tendency to be a control freak, discussing plans with your partner will bring you closer. Keeping your partner in the loop is important. You may even find they have some ideas that you didn’t even consider. The key is making time for each other, in the same way you did at the start of your relationship. This could mean going ‘out out,’ to a nice restaurant, or simply staying in and ordering your favourite food. Knowing you’ll spend the rest of your lives together can result in complacency and slight laziness. You can avoid this by continuing to try and impress through thoughtful gestures, attentiveness and tokens of affection. Don’t get so caught up in the details that you forget the reason you’re getting married in the first place.