Getting married is a wonderful occasion but it can also be a very stressful process. Planning such a large scale event does not come naturally to everyone.
Meeting peoples expectations and dealing with financial burdens can take its toll on your wellbeing.
Here are 5 tips to help you deal with stress of planning your big day:
1. Get Active In Nature
Combining the benefits of being out in nature with exercise is a great way to relieve stress. When you exercise your body creates endorphins, the bodies natural stress buster. Go for a walk, a run or a bike ride around a place of natural beauty. Being in nature reminds us that we are but one tiny piece in a much larger puzzle. Don’t forget to leave your phone behind and just be in the moment.
2. Breathing Exercises
It really is amazing what ten deep breaths can achieve. Breath deeply in through your nose, counting to five. Then exhale slowly through your mouth, again taking five seconds.
Try to find a quiet place to do this if possible, although we know that’s not always easy. While you are exhaling try to picture your stress as a colour leaving your body. With each breath there is less and less of that colour built up within you.
3. Herbal Remedies
There are loads of herbal remedies out there to try. Chamomile tea is possibly the most common of the herbal remedies for stress and is widely available. Lavender oil is another popular choice, you can either add it to your bath or burn it in an oil burner.
Valerian Roots works as a good sleep aid but it can be quite strong. Talk to a dietician if you can or visit your local health food store and see what they would recommend. It is often not recommended to take more than one natural relaxant at once.
4. Eat Yourself Calm
There a lot of things you can do within your diet to help alleviate stress. Cutting out caffeine is one of the best things you can do. Replace tea and coffee with herbal alternatives.
If you’re feeling like you need an energy boost apples are a great natural stimulant and makes a good alternative to coffee in the morning. Cutting down on the amount sugar in your diet is always a good idea, as well as adding food such as asparagus, almonds, raspberry and avocado.
5. Remember It’s You & Your Partners Day
You may be under a lot of pressure to invite more people than you can afford, there may be disputes in your family you are worried may come up on the day. Perhaps you are being pressured into a large wedding when you want an small intimate affair. Remember why you are planning this day in the first place.
Yes, we need to be considerate but this is a day that you will always want to look back on. Plan the day that you want and learn to say no when you have to. Being true to what you want out of the day and working within a realistic budget will do wonders to bring your stress levels down.
By Jennifer Warnock, Excalibur Press
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