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6 Ways to Relax While Wedding Planning

6 Ways to Relax While Wedding Planning

Planning a wedding is no cakewalk. You’ve got a million and one details to take care of, family expectations to balance with what you and your partner want, and a budget to watch. The lead-up to the best day of your life can be some of the most stressful months of your life.

Weddings bring together relationships, money, and expectations in a way that can be very stressful. If you’re feeling under the gun, you’re not alone — and you’re not helpless. There are many things you can do to manage your stress and relax while planning your wedding day.

Here are six tips for keeping you relaxed as the big day draws closer.

Identify Sources of Stress

What are the tasks that are most likely to cause you stress? Perhaps the idea of doing the seating chart is most stressful to you, or choosing the favors is. Identify what makes you stressed about that activity and see if you can delegate or eliminate the task from your list. Maybe your partner can choose the favors, or a family member can help you with the seating chart.

Perhaps it’s a relationship rather than a task that is taking your energy. If one of your parents is asserting their opinions too forcefully, or Grandma is calling too often insisting you say the same vows she did when she married Grandpa, see if one of your siblings or other family members can step in to run interference for you.

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Preparation and self-awareness are key to reducing and managing stress. Remember, you’re not alone; you have a partner, friends, and relatives who can help you eliminate the stress you face as you plan your wedding.

Create a Stress-Free Environment

Even small changes to your home and work environment can make a big difference to your stress levels. Consider doing the following to help you feel less stressed:

  • Light perfumed candles and incense, which reduces stress, calms anxieties, and makes you feel better.
  • Place some potted plants on your desk or windowsill, which can lower your blood pressure.
  • Decorate your space in tones of green, blue, and violet, which can make you feel calm and peaceful.
  • Open your blinds to let natural light in, which contributes to wellness.

Your surroundings can have a huge impact on how you feel. Make sure your environment promotes calm and wellness.

Take Care of Your Body and Mind

With the steady stream of things to be done, it’s easy to let taking care of yourself fall to the bottom of the list. Fight the urge to put yourself last, and make sure you’re taking care of both your body and mind.

Take care of your body with regular exercise, whether that’s going to the gym, making time for a sports team, or going for regular walks. You need the stress-busting endorphins that exercise provides.

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It’s equally important to take care of your mind and emotions. Try meditating, even if only for a few minutes each morning, or journal your thoughts to have an outlet for all the emotions you’re feeling. If you’re religious, make an effort to attend religious services and connect with your spiritual side.

Yoga is a particularly good activity to nurture the body, spirit, and mind. Find a class near you or find videos online so you can do it in the comfort of your home.

You’ll look and feel better on your big day if you’re taking care of yourself during the wedding preparation. Even a few minutes of meditation and a brisk walk around the block can make a huge difference if you’re pressed for time.

Schedule Wedding-Free Days

Don’t let the wedding planning overshadow the reason for the wedding – you’re getting married to the person you love. It’s easy for the wedding to take over all the time you spend together.

Schedule time where you focus on connecting with your partner rather than planning the wedding. Go on dinner dates where discussing the wedding is off limits. Spend a day doing something you love doing together, whether that’s watching sports, cooking together, or visiting a museum. Nurture your relationship so it can offer you support and encouragement as you look forward to not only the wedding, but also your lives together.

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Make the same effort to have wedding-free time with your friends and family, too. Those relationships are also important, and you need to stay engaged with your friends and family even as you’re planning your wedding.

Delegate, Delegate, Delegate

We already suggested identifying tasks that cause you stress and delegating them to others, but it bears repeating: delegate, delegate, delegate. Delegate tasks that don’t cause you particular stress – you can’t do everything on your own. Get friends and family to run errands, decorate, and make place cards. If you can afford it, consider hiring a wedding planner or day-of coordinator to help you take things off your plate.

Prioritize the tasks that you absolutely need to do and what you can get others to do. Perhaps you’re not too concerned with the music at the reception but the food is very important to you. Ask your partner or a trusted friend to take care of the set list while you sample desserts.

It’s true that many hands make light work. Be sure to find yourself some extra hands.

Pamper Yourself

Take the time to do something luxurious and decadent for yourself, whatever that may be. Get a massage. Go to the driving range. Schedule a spa day. Sleep in and have a late brunch.

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Think of these activities not as indulgences, but as necessities for staying balanced and relaxed. If it’s not possible to go to the spa, take a bath instead. Find the ways that work for you to relax.

You don’t need to sacrifice your sanity to plan your wedding. By identifying sources of stress, creating a relaxed environment, taking care of your body and mind, scheduling wedding-free days to reconnect with your partner and loved ones, delegating, and pampering yourself, you can stay calm and collected as your big day draws near.

What are some of the ways you stay relaxed as you’re planning your wedding? Leave a comment below.

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Keeping yourself awake at work can be a real challenge when you’re bored, exhausted or sleep-deprived.

But before you reach for that can of Red Bull, bottle of Mountain Dew, or pot of coffee, try these healthy remedies to stimulate your 5 different senses and help you stay awake at work:

Sight – Visual Stimulation

The first thing you do when you wake up is opening your eyes, so your visual stimulation is very important to keeping your energy level high.

1. Maximize your exposure to light.

Your body’s internal rhythm is regulated by the amount of light you receive. The greater your exposure, the more alert you will feel.

Open the shades and let in the sunlight. Step outside or look out the window. Turn on all the artificial lights in your office or around your work space.

2. Exercise your eyes (or give them a break).

Roll your eyes up and down, side to side and diagonally. Rotate them clockwise and then counterclockwise. Squeeze them shut and then open them wide. Do this several times.

Reading and sitting in front of a computer screen for long periods can lead to eye fatigue.

Take regular breaks with deliberate blinking and looking out into the distance.

3. Take note of your environment.

Learn to enjoy people-watching. Observe their activities, speech, body language and interactions with others. Notice the details of building, trees and other objects around you, including their color, shape and size.

By doing this, you’re not only relaxing your eye muscles but also calming your mind.

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Hearing – Auditory Stimulation

What you hear or listen to have direct effect on your brain. This is why we feel so annoyed and sometimes angry when we hear construction noise when we’re working.

4. Engage in conversation.

Talk to a friend or colleague. Trade funny stories. Discuss your business venture, a creative idea, the latest political scandal, or any other topic that interests you.

Practice mindful listening to what you and the other person are saying. Tune into the tone, volume and content of the conversation.

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5. Listen to upbeat music.

Try hip hop, rock or jazz to keep you alert. Instrumental, non-distracting music works best.

Sing, whistle, and hum along if you can. Plug in the earphones if you must.

Smell – Olfactory Stimulation

If you’re feeling sleepy and suddenly smell the coffee, you’ll probably feel more energetic. This is why smell is an influential stimulation.

6. Work your nose.

Aroma therapists recommend essential oils of peppermint (to boost energy), rosemary (to build awareness), eucalyptus (to increase oxygen), cedarwood  (to activate your mind), and cinnamon (to improve your reaction time).

If you don’t have essential oils on hand, you can use lotions or burning candles that provide the same scents.

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Citrus like lemons, limes, grapefruits and oranges are also natural olfactory stimulants. Get a whiff of these citrus scents to stay awake.

Taste – Gustatory Stimulation

If you want an energetic day at work, you can’t let your tongue feeling plain and flavorless.

7. Have a good breakfast.

Start off with the most important meal of the day.

Think fresh, light and healthy: bran cereals, wholegrain breads, fruits, and yogurt.

Nix the heavy stuff like sausages, greasy eggs or pancakes.

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8. Drink lots of water.

Keep a glass or bottle of H2O near you and sip from it throughout the day. Dehydration can leave you feeling tired, sluggish and sleepy.

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9. Eat energy-boosting snacks.

Nuts and fruits (like bananas, apples and strawberries) are sure bets. Pairings with staying power include baby carrots with a low-fat cream cheese dip; celery sticks with peanut butter; red peppers with hummus; and plain yogurt with granola.

Avoid carb-filled, sugary snacks that make you crash and leave you feeling tired.

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Touch – Tactile Stimulation

Last but not least, your sense of touch will make you physically feel more energetic and less stressful.

10. Splash cold water on your face.

Do this in the morning, during bathroom breaks and in the afternoon. Being exposed to cold water pushes your body to adjust and regulate its internal temperature, which in turn keeps you alert.

This works the same as you take a cold shower to increase mood and alertness. Take a look at this article to learn more about it:

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11. Use acupressure.

Apply pressure to, massage, or tap on the stimulation points of your body. These include the top of your head, the back of your neck, the back of your hand (between the thumb and index finger), just below the knee and your earlobes.

Watch this video to learn about the acupressure points you can try:

12. Get moving.

Move away from your chair and stand, walk, run or climb the stairs. Feel the earth under your feet. Stretch and twist. Do jumping jacks, lunges, push-ups and back bends.

And if you need to move more discreetly, wiggle your feet, bounce your knee up and down, scrunch your toes, or cross your legs.

You can also try some simple stretches and exercises at your desk:

Unlike addictive caffeine fixes, these remedies activate your senses, engage your attention, amp up your energy and prevent morning grogginess and afternoon slumps without the side effects or health risks.

Pick a few ways from this list of suggestions and practice them consistently. And when you do this consistently, you’ll soon see the positive results — a more energetic and productive you at work.

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