Planning a wedding can be stressful, there I said it. You get engaged and you celebrate and share in the joy with loved ones. Then in what feels like overnight it becomes planning a million little things and the joy can easily become stress. While it can be easy to get overwhelmed and stressed with wedding planning items and bridal to-do’s it’s also important to take care of yourself.
You’d be surprised how much more you enjoy wedding tasks such as picking out your dream wedding dress when you’re not feeling on edge, stressed out and exhausted. You can take your time, enjoy trying on different wedding gowns and find your dream bridal look.
While we cannot magically wave our fairy god mother wands and provide you more time in each day or planning a stress-free wedding, we can provide some tips and tricks to help you with including self-care ideas into your wedding planning.
Getting a good night’s sleep
The closer you get to your wedding day, the more it can feel like tasks can snowball behind you with things popping into your mind at all hours of the day. One of the most important things you can do to help your mental health and take care of yourself is ensuring you get a good solid night’s sleep. Sleep can help our minds rest and improve your mood. You know all those items that keep popping up in your mind as you get closer to the wedding? Well remembering them and remembering what you’ve already done can be easier with a good night’s sleep to help improve your memory!
Sleep is so important, especially the closer you get to your wedding day as it can help with boosting your immune system (you don’t want to be unwell on your big day), elevate your energy levels (to help you crush those to-do list items) and increase concentration and productivity to help you with getting those items done! So start making sleep a priority today!
Take time away from wedding planning
Yes – this can actually be helpful for wedding planning! Although it sounds like the exact opposite of what you want to do it’s important to give yourself time for hobbies and activities that bring you joy. Whether its binge watching a tv show with a face mask, or taking time for a luxurious bubble bath this is important to help you with reducing your stress. Planning a wedding isn’t a sprint it’s a marathon and ensuring you take time to recharge and don’t get burnt out is key. Here are some ideas for taking time away from wedding planning
- Take a day off work for self-care
- Read a book
- Watch a TV Show
- Go away for a night as a couple
- Adult Colouring Books
- Going for a walk
- Catching up with friends and family
Fuel your body with healthy meals
The food you put into your body make a huge difference in how you feel and how much energy you have throughout the day. Ensuring you’re eating healthy, and nutrition rich meals can help you with not only feeling good and helping you tackle your to-do list. When you’re rushing around on a day full of wedding planning tasks it can be easy to pick up some quick and on the go food. However, you’ll likely feel better and be able to handle wedding stress easier with some fruits and vegetables that are helping you lower your cortisol levels and help tackle stress. Here are some foods to help with beating stress levels:
Meditation and Yoga
While planning a wedding it’s not uncommon that small stressful events or even large stressors can pop up that are planned or unplanned. Learning to handle those stressors in the moment can be so helpful with not only helping reduce overwhelming emotions but also helping with reducing physical symptoms of stress as well.
Finding ways to address stress in the moment can help with wedding planning, as well as on your wedding day. One of the ways is making some time for deep breaths, meditation and even gentle yoga poses can be a great way to release stress. You can work on learning to take slow breaths in, and then holding it for a couple seconds and the releasing the breath slowly. Another way is taking time each day for stretching, meditation or doing gentle yoga poses to help as well.
While wedding planning can be stressful or overwhelming at times, it is all building towards a magical and wonderful day! These self-care ideas and activities are a great way to help combat stress to help you enjoy wedding planning and the days leading up to your big day. Check out our blog for more ideas of how to prepare for your wedding and specifically wedding dress shopping.