Top 10 Wedding Stress Busters
1. Take an aromatherapy bath. Add a few
drops of relaxing lavender oil to the water and soak for as
long as you please.
2. Get some exercise. While devoting so
much time to planning a wedding, it's easy to cut exercise
time out of your schedule. Make the time to go for a jog,
a bike ride or to the gym a few times a week to keep your
energy up and to maintain a positive body image.
3. Drink plenty of water. Reach for a bottle
of water instead of a coffee or soda. Keeping your body well
hydrated gives you more energy.
4. Practice yoga. If you don't have experience
with this particular form of exercise, take an introductory
class to learn the proper poses and alignment. Once you have
the basic poses down, you can take some time to do them at
home whenever you find the chance. You'd be amazed at how
much tension you can release from your body in just 15 minutes.
5. Get a massage. You can practice yoga,
eat right, exercise and drink gallons of water a day, but
every once in a while you need to let a professional get in
there to work out the kinks. Take a day off to indulge in
the luxuries of an day
If you don't have the funds for a fancy spa, look up massage
schools in your area that may offer discounted sessions with
6. Reach for your toes. Bend at the waist
and -- keeping your legs as straight as possible without locking
your knees -- reach gently for your toes. Strengthen your
legs to allow your upper body to hang loosely, thereby releasing
tension from your chest, neck and shoulders. Tighten your
stomach muscles and return slowly to a standing position,
keeping your legs straight and strong.
7. Take a weekend off. Place anything related
to wedding planning off-limits for an entire weekend. If someone
initiates a conversation about it, politely change the subject.
Use the weekend instead to relax, do some pleasure reading,
go out to dinner, and get some moderate exercise like hiking,
swimming, walking or bike-riding.
8. Spend time with your friends. Have a
girls' (or boys') night away from your future spouse to simply
relax and laugh with your friends.
9. Breathe. It may sound obvious, but we
often forget to breathe deeply. When you feel your body tensing
up or anxiety tightening your chest, sit or stand up straight
and take long, slow breaths. Inhale until you feel like your
lungs are filled to capacity, and then spend the same amount
of time on your exhale.
10. Keep things in perspective.
It's easy to buy into the idea that your wedding day must
be absolutely perfect. Remember that it is just one more day
in your life, and the two of you will be happily married the
following day even if the caterer got the hors d'oeuvres wrong,
the cummerbunds didn't match the bridesmaid's dresses, etc.