Every task comes with its own challenges and wedding planning is no different. Couples find a hard time making certain choices and decisions that include choosing a venue, who their cake supplier will be among many other things. You may have read many blog posts and articles on how to reduce life stress, but what about wedding planning stress? Whether you’ve been planning for one month or one year, these tips will help you bust through those hectic planning days, relish the present moment, and enjoy your engagement to its fullest while it lasts.
1. Schedule in Some Fun
You don’t need to put on your serious face to start planning. Relax for a moment and look at things in a much simpler way. Now get out your daily planner and schedule in some fun dates. And by schedule, I mean prioritize. You don’t even have to put it on paper, although I think it makes it more concrete. The point is to remember the big picture: you’re getting married and yes, you have to plan for the wedding day, but it shouldn’t always be about getting the details perfect. If you’re worried about every little detail, you’ll forget to have fun during your engagement and even throughout the wedding planning moments. So make time for fun stuff, whether it’s playing some pillow games fiancé, taking a walk in the park or along the streets, going to see a movie with your best friend, or spending some “me” time by taking a rose-petal bath.
2. Just Relax
Easier said than done, I know, but even 30 or 45 minutes is doable. De-stress your body and relax your mind by soaking in a warm bath, essential oil, and some soothing music. Take a few moments before bed or when you wake up to gently stretch. And if you’re cohabiting, take the time to give your fiancé a massage or hot stone treatment. Make yourself a cup of hot coffee and spend an hour reading the magazine that’s been collecting dust on your bedside table. Often times, it’s even during such relaxed moments that we stumble on the best ideas. Try it.
3. Just Say No
With work, family and friends, wedding planning, fellowship and all the other stuff you’ve going on, you have a lot on your plate. But if you’re like many people, you may find it hard to say no to new commitments. It’s time to get focused, dear bride-to-be. Keep the activities you really enjoy, get rid of the rest (at least for now), and say no to anything that will just add more stress to your busy life. Trust me, sometimes family can be one of them with the so many questions about your wedding planning. Unlike other things, you can’t drop family but you can always handle them.
4. Get Organized
Some would suggest that you get your wedding planning documents and details organized but why even bother with all the paper when you can do the planning and budgeting online www.mikolo.com has availed online free planning and budgeting tools. Even better, service providers and vendors have been listed in one place to guide make some informed decisions. However, you may still need a small file to keep service agreements (contracts with service providers), deposit receipts and perhaps one or two budget hard copies and any other important information. Having everything in its place will create space in your life and in your mind.
5. Make a Move
I’m sure you know the benefits of exercise, but are you actively making movement a priority? You don’t have to go to the gym to get a good workout. Do some yoga or a 20-minute workout video at home. Stretch your body. Go for walks. Roll your hips, shoulders, neck. Any movement is good movement, especially when you’re sitting at a desk for most of the day. Moving the body helps alleviate stress and will give you a major energy boost, meaning you’ll probably be ready to tackle more wedding planning to-do lists.