Ladies, we know that planning your wedding can be one of the most stressful periods in your life. We are here to tell you that it doesn't have to be. If you can implement just a few new habits in your daily routine before you start planning, and keep some things in mind during the process, it can be a lot less stressful for you and your guy.
Get plenty of sleep and exercise! Doctors and sleep experts recommend you get 7-8 hours of sleep per night in order to maintain a mentally and physically healthy lifestyle. The exercise will help you burn off some of that stress steam, plus it will help you fall asleep at the end of your day.
Even with getting enough sleep and exercise, you're still going to have some freak-out moments. This is completely normal when planning a wedding. A good way to combat this is to meditate for at least ten minutes a day. Studies show that meditation can decrease mind-wandering and stress. So, find a quiet place, put on some comfy clothes, sit down and relax. You can picture yourself on a beach in Maui, listening to the gentle crash of waves, or pretend you're sitting on the dock of a crystal-clear lake in Maine, surrounded by Honeysuckle trees.
If organization isn't your strongest skill, there are ways to develop it. Buy a dated planner/organizer and keep everything (receipts, ideas, names, and numbers) in it, so you don't lose info or miss an appointment. There are also wedding planning apps such as The Knot Wedding Planner and Our Wedding Planner you can download that will help. The more organized you are, the less stressed you'll be.
Wedding Day Contact
One of the best things you can do to lift a huge chunk of stress off your chest, is appoint someone to be your wedding day contact. On the day of your wedding, your mind is not going to be capable of grasping such concepts as organization, planning, and scheduling. You will be off, floating in the clouds of another dimension, where new and different emotions are taking over. If you give a close friend or family member the authority to be the central contact person for venue employees, bakers, florists, etc., you will be able to focus on the one thing that matters at that point, which is marrying the man of your dreams.
A lot of couples say that they felt distanced from each other during the planning process, and that this added to their overall stress. Take time out from the chaos every now and again and spoil yourselves. Continue to have date nights, go get a couple's massage, get outside and ride your bikes. Or, if money is tight, just have a quiet night at home with all devices turned off, and reconnect. The next day, when the planning recommences, you'll be thinking, "This is all worth it."We hope this helps relieve some stress for you! What steps are you taking to ensure your wedding planning is as stress-free as possible? We'd love to hear from you in the comments section below!