Planning a wedding is stressful...when you're planning the biggest day of your life, an uptick in your anxiety levels is a very natural thing. But reach critical levels of stress, and you can completely burn out. Being a burnt out bride is something you should do everything you can to avoid, so try some of our tips for reducing pre-wedding stress and anxiety. You've got a million and one things to figure out, and you want them all to go perfectly...that's sure to add to your stress levels.
Give Yourself a Break
Yes, there's a lot to do. But it's important to step away every once in a while and give yourself a planning break. Coming back with a cleaner mental slate will be refreshing, and allow you to come up with new solutions to the problems you've struggled with. If your stress is like air filling up a balloon, you don't want it to reach that breaking point of popping. Let out some of that extra air every once in a while by talking a walk, doing some yoga, hitting the gym, or hanging out with friends. You're only human, and you need to recharge! Keep doing the activities you love, especially the ones that are stress busters.
Make Peace with Imperfections
You want every detail to be perfect. But we're all human. You've got to allow yourself to make peace with imperfections, mistakes, and difficulties. Yes, you want everything to be perfect. But if you don't know where to let go of control, you're sure to become completely drowned.
Meditate & Breathe
Take a deep breath. Use five or ten minutes every day to just sit quietly and focus on your breathing. You can reset your stress and anxiety even with just a short session, so don't feel like you have to be a Zen master for it to be effective. Studies show all kinds of benefits even from just five minutes of daily mediation and focusing on your breathing. In, out, in, out...you can do this! Add an encouraging mantra to help get in the right mindset and resume your wedding planning with a fresh head.
See a Therapist
Seriously. Talking to an unbiased, non-judgemental third party can make all the difference for a stressed-out bride. Your girls and family are always there for you with advice, ideas, and support, but talking to someone who you don't have that biddie relationship with can really help ease some of that stress. Better yet, a professional therapist can give you new tools to manage your anxiety going forward.
Don't Be Afraid to Say No
Lots of brides are faced with the prospect of pushy in-laws, relatives, or even friends who all want to chime in with their own ideas of how the wedding should go down. Remember, this is your big day, not theirs. Don't be afraid to say no to them, even if you love them, and they'll just have to understand and deal with it. Be courteous, but stand your ground. You don't need the extra stress of trying to incorporate a bunch of ideas that you didn't even want to incorporate to begin with just to make someone else happy on a day that's all about you and your new husband.