It’s common to find the wedding planning process overwhelming, but you shouldn’t let it affect your health. If you find yourself at your limit before you’ve even walked down the aisle, it’s time to get things under control. Take a moment for yourself and check out these top five ways to manage and reduce your stress level.
Exercise releases endorphins (natural painkillers that can lift your mood and reduce the physical effects of stress), making it a great way to clear your mind. Don’t worry! You don’t have to be a marathon runner or gym rat. Simply taking a 10-minute walk or some time to stretch will help calm you down. If you want a more intense experience or the “runner’s high,” then head to the gym for an aerobics class or go for a run in your neighborhood. For a more relaxing alternative, try a yoga class. The breathing techniques create unity between the mind and body and increase oxygen levels, which aid in improving concentration, relieving tension and decreasing stress.
Who knew? A hug can help you chill out. Touch therapy (in the form of a foot rub, massage or holding hands) can lower stress by activating the body’s relaxation response. For a quick fix, grab your fiancé and give him a squeeze. It’ll reinforce your connection in the midst of your planning frenzy. Other ways to get in touch: Schedule a spa pedicure complete with a foot massage or snuggle up on the couch for a flick.
Whether you’re a junk food junkie or you’ve gotten off track by hitting up fast food joints between choosing a dress and cake tasting (yes, we know, you just had to try every flavor!), eating right is a priority. Stress-busting foods like whole grains and red, green or orange vegetables can help keep you relaxed. Avoid coffee or caffeinated drinks to keep the jitters away and skip fried foods, which can leave you feeling drained and sleepy.
Catch Some ZZZs
Burning the midnight oil is one of the leading causes of fatigue-related stress. If you’re staying up late at night assembling favor boxes and focusing on your growing guest list, it’s time to call it a night. You’ll be happier and more relaxed if you get some sleep and revisit these projects the next day—with a fresh mind and rested body.
Take a Vacation
It’s called a “getaway” for a reason. Leave your problems at home and head off for the beach or mountains. You may not have time for a lengthy escape, but taking a night to yourself at a bed-and-breakfast or heading out of town for the weekend will help ease the pressure. Can’t get away? At the very least, take a mental vacation. Take your phone off the hook and avoid wedding talk for a day. Spend some quality time relaxing in the bathtub or reading a good book.
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