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How to Minimize Wedding Stress

Posted by Administrator on 6/11/2013

Weddings are one of the most wonderful yet stressful events in our lives. This beautiful, celebratory experience can sometimes bring out the worst in people! However there are a few steps that brides and others working on the wedding along with her can take, to minimize the stress triggers, reduce tension levels and ensure that this special day is indeed wonderful for all involved.


Be self-aware and prepared – Be honest with yourself, who or what is likely to be a source of conflict? Are you doing something that is triggering conflict? Now is the time to be up-front and own your own actions, while at the same time being clear about possible sources of tension. Being aware helps you to prepare and develop strategies to deal with troublesome situations so you don’t feel so overwhelmed.


Delegate - Know what you can handle and on whom you can count for help and support during the preparation time, don’t try to handle everything by yourself. Weddings are huge undertakings, so enlist responsible, reliable friends and family to help out where possible.


Meditation - With so much to do and stay on top of, not to mention the life-changing event about to take place, it's easy to become overwhelmed. This might be the ideal time to start that meditation practice! Find a solitary spot, close your eyes and focus on the in-and-out cycle of your breath for just a few minutes a day or when you're lying in bed at night. It will help slow your heart rate, reduce the racing thoughts and relax your muscles, too.


Stay Connected - Under the pressure and stress of planning a wedding, it's easy to lose touch with the person you’re about to spend your life with! Schedule date nights, be it a dinner out or a movie in, to squeeze in some quality alone time. And, if you have any concerns about your upcoming nuptials (it's natural), find the courage to tell him. If you two can weather the storms of your engagement anxiety together, it’s probably a good indicator of how you will approach problems within your marriage.


Exercise - Exercise has positive emotional and psychological effects. Take a walk, go for a run or a swim. Any type of physical movement will help produce more uplifting endorphins, reduce the effects of stress and help you think more clearly.


Start a Journal – Writing in a journal is a safe and accessible way to express any emotions which may be bottling up and prevent them from morphing into anxiety. Identify what's bothering you, and address that topic solely. Try to stay with one theme at a time to avoid being swamped by too many emotions at once.


Care for Yourself – Make sure that you get plenty rest, maintain a healthy, balanced diet and avoid sugary snacks which give a false boost of energy. Also a massage, facial, or even a manicure and pedicure, in a spa setting if possible, can do wonders for your stress levels. Don’t think of these as indulgences, they’re actually important mechanisms for staying calm, maintaining balance and well-being and allowing you to focus on the task at hand.


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