Hello friends! Believe me, I know how real wedding stress can be. And I know how it can wreak havoc on your mind and your body! That’s why it’s so important to take small steps to manage your stress. The key? Have a regular stress-management regimen that you incorporate into your routine months before the big day. Here are some things I recommend to my brides:
- Yoga. There’s honestly no better way to relieve stress. Plus it has the added bonus of toning you up before the wedding. Sign up for a weekly yoga class if it’s in the budget. If not, a yoga DVD will work just as well – just be sure to set aside a regular day and time to practice at home.
- Walk it off. It’s pretty amazing what a simple walk can do. A few times a week, set aside some time in the morning or right after work to simply take a stroll. Pop in your headphones and just walk. It’s a great chance to clear your head.
- Pop in a movie. Movies can be a nice little escape from the stresses of real life. Watch one by yourself or with your future spouse. Light, airy guilty pleasures are my favorites for this!
- Create. Sometimes I find that the satisfaction of just making something is a big stress reliever for me. Whether it’s baking a quick batch of muffins of knitting a scarf, just the act of accomplishing something from start to finish is great therapy when you feel like there’s too much on your to-do list.
- Have a girls’ night. Who doesn’t love a good girls’ night? Instead of a night out on the town (which could leave you even more tired and stressed out than before), try a relaxing ladies’ night in. Have everyone over to play board games, do face masks, watch movies, munch on fun food or whatever else your heart desires! Only one rule: limit the wedding talk! Don’t use this night as an excuse to have everyone start working on favors or put together programs.
Whether it’s treating myself to a good cup of coffee or a piece of dark chocolate, I also make sure to incorporate small stress relievers into my life everyday. What are some of your favorite ways to wind down?
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