6 Ways to Calm Your Nerves Before Your Wedding Day
Let’s face it, everybody gets nervous. Michael Jackson did, Beyoncé, Ed Sheeran…yes, that’s right, even those who seem to fearlessly perform in front of thousands get nervous. So, here’s the thing: nerves are good! It may be hard to believe, but nerves are a sign that you really want the best out of something. It shows when something is important to us.
So, if you are anxious in the lead up to your wedding, here are a few tips to calm your nerves:
1. The Power of Distraction
It’s so easy to get caught in one aspect of your life. In fact, for some brides, their wedding IS their life for a number of months before the big day! While you shouldn’t necessarily forget about one of the biggest days of your life, try to find a balance. If you find yourself getting stressed and upset while organising a wedding that is supposed to reach ‘perfection’, maybe it’s time to take your mind off topic and focus on something else. Do something that makes you feel alive! Go to a concert, or catch a movie with a few friends, or maybe you could spend time creating something…anything that takes your mind off wedding jitters just long enough for you to get a healthy break.
Consider listening to a guided meditation and practice deep breathing. Meditation is the most effective non-chemically induced way of soothing the nervous system and can be very powerful. Even just 5 minutes of sitting and being aware of nothing but the sensation of your breath can have big effects. Check out the Headspace or Insight Timer apps for some guided meditations, music and courses.
3. Clench and Relax
This exercise can quickly relieve tension and bring you back into the present. Starting with your hands and working through each part of the body, simply clench tightly for around 5 seconds and then release. You’ll be surprised how much this allows you to let go and re-focus.
Taking the time to get a professional massage will really help to ease stress and leave you calm and revitalised. It will also get the blood flowing through the body, releasing endorphins and counteracting that fight or flight response that comes with nerves and adrenaline.
5. Other Holistic Therapies
There are numerous alternative and holistic therapies that can help you to naturally and effectively calm nerves and find balance, including acupuncture, reiki, aromatherapy, yoga and hot stone therapy. Find an experienced practitioner who can advise you on what may work best for you in the run up to your wedding.
Different situations call for different responses, and sometimes you just need to vent! Voice your feelings to a friend, talk to your future husband/wife, or simply have a good, loud yell when you’re on your own at home.
7. Write it down
If you can’t voice your feelings properly in conversation, offload onto a page by writing down what you’re experiencing. Journaling is a great way to release pent up emotion and gain clarity. What are you nervous about? Honestly ask yourself the important questions, relax with it, and allow your mind and creativity to open up. The therapeutic benefits can be well worth it.