Hang on for a wild and crazy ride! Planning a wedding is a big undertaking. Many of you have not planned an event this important in your life and you may never again. Significant things in life bring on stress, so I want to give you a few tips that will help you make this an amazing experience and the least amount of stress possible.
Stress isn’t from the event- such as planning a wedding, but your body’s response to the event that is causing stress. You have the power to reduce stress and stay in control, so practice stress relief and make it a habit. No matter what happens in your life- you can stay focused, productive and happy.
There are different ways to manage stress- good and bad. I am going to give you ideas on how to do this in the most healthy way that will help you relax your mind and body. Have an open mind and I’m sure you will find some positive ways to respond…
Talk about your feelings. Communication is a big part of planning your wedding and also in marriage, so start now talking to your fiancé and others about what is important to you and them.
Write in a journal. Writing for many is therapeutic, but it will also be a great way for you to remember what you did in this process of planning your wedding.
Exercise can improve your mood, boost your brain power, help with memory and lower stress. While exercising, you are producing serotonin- a chemical that carries signals between nerves. Serotonin contributes to happiness.
Meditation helps you relax and have a tranquil mind. It helps you become more aware of yourself and produces a calming effect on your body and mind.
Breathing can help clear your mind. Deliberate breathing helps calm your body, clears your head and oxygenates your blood. It teaches you to focus on your breath and be in the present moment. A breathing exercise I use is the 4-4 method: Breath in while counting to 4. Hold to the count of 4. Exhale counting to 4 and repeat 4 times. You can do this anytime and anywhere.
Sunlight. True that too much sunlight can be harmful to your skin, but some sunlight exposure can lift your mood, help you to stay focused and help you feel calm. Sunlight is also thought to release the chemical serotonin and give your body more vitamin D. Sounds easy– get enough sunshine!
When a person is stressed, it causes the muscles in the body to become tense. Massage relaxes tight muscles, enhances circulation and digestion, improves joint care, and lowers stress levels.
Sleep. Most adults need 7-9 hours of sleep per night. Stress can make it hard to sleep, so find your favorite ways of stress management so you can get good sleep. Dimming the lights, no screens right before bed and relaxing before sleeping can help.
Eat a healthy diet. This will promote health and reduce stress. Plan ahead so you don’t resort to sugary snacks. Fish has high levels of omega-3 fatty acids and reduce the symptoms of stress. Of course fruit and veggies are a good choice. Check with your doctor if you have any concerns or special dietary needs.
Delegate responsibility: Having too much to do can lead to stress. When you delegate, it will give you more time and lower your stress levels. So organize your wedding with all of our planning tools and delegate whenever possible. I know sometimes it is hard to say no, but planning your wedding you may get more practice 🙂
Thought management. What you think about can either reduce or promote stress. If your thought patterns produce more stress, learn to change those thoughts and what you tell yourself. Keep a positive attitude. Write down something positive that you can tell yourself many times a day- the more you hear it, the more you believe it.
Time management and stress management are closely related. Create your priorities for your wedding with our tools, but also remember the priorities in your life. This will help you decide what is urgent and what you can let go or delegate. Organize your next day the evening before to help you work more efficiently and alleviate stress.
Music has a intense way of creating emotion. If you need to blow off stream – turn it up and let out some emotion. Soothing music can lower blood pressure and relieve anxiety. Ocean or nature sounds create relaxation.
Laughter is a great way to manage stress. When laughing, you release endorphins that create positive feelings in the body and it lowers cortisol- your body’s stress hormone. Laughing also boosts your immune system and makes you feel good. LOL
Be grateful. Celebrate all the good things in life and learn to be grateful for all experiences- good and bad and how they have shaped you into the person you are. Research has shown you can’t be grateful and fearful at the same time- so choose to be grateful and happiness will follow.
I don’t want you to feel like this, so try some of these 15 stress relievers!