We have used The Knot’s 6 signs of wedding stress. But we have added a twist to their post. We have provided solutions to unwind and de-stress to get you back to feeling calm cool and collected about planning your wedding. Trust us, these solutions really work!
Signs that you are stressed out from all the wedding plans:
1. You’re using your lunch hour to run wedding errands…instead of eating.
Skipping meals is bad news for your mood — and more important, your wedding fitness plan! It can lead to exaggerated emotions, amped-up stress and an overall dark cloud over your head
2. Your fiance starts joking (or maybe not joking) about eloping.
If your fiance is less involved in the planning process than you are, he probably decided to lie low about the wedding…until it got really bad. Sometimes it takes a reality check from someone else to know it’s time to put the brakes on wedding worries — even if it’s something you don’t want to hear.
3. The most exciting thing that’s happened in your bedroom lately is watching the Say Yes to the Dress premiere on TV.
Whether it’s because you’re sparring over the guest list or just exhausted from a lack of sleep, a dry spell in the bedroom is common for engaged couples. No surprise there: Dampened sex drive is a big indicator of overpowering stress, according to the US National Library of Medicine.
4. You start questioning all of your decisions. But you don’t do that…well, maybe you do.
You know you’re over-thinking things when you start wanting to trash all your original plans for New! Better! Ideas! Worrying that you made the wrong call about your reception venue, which florist to hire or how much to spend on photography will only feed your stress even more, making for a never-ending cycle of fear.
5. You procrastinate on the tasks that really need to get done.
It’s not how you normally picture a bridezilla — ignoring her checklist and putting off to-dos — but if you’re finding yourself neglecting wedding planning tasks, you probably don’t even realize how overwhelmed you are.
6. It stops being fun.
It all comes down to this: If you’re focusing more on the negative (like the number of guests who RSVPed “no”) than the positive (like the fact that you’ll be married at the end of all of this!), something needs to change.
Solutions to unwind and de-stress:
Go for a walk.
It is great for your body and your mind and it can help you clear your head. Stress relief with walking allow us to step away from the problem. Even for a 10 minute walk around the block, we see things more clearly. Ask your family and friends (if they aren’t the causes of your stress) to join you. It will keep you more motivated to continue walking.
Start doing yoga.
Yoga is a proven stress buster. It focuses on breathing techniques accompanied with different poses. By practicing specific breathing patterns (called pranayama in yoga) you can slip yourself into that “rest and digest” state and allow your mind and body to get some relief.You can also practice this relaxing breath at night before going to sleep. It will help you sleep better. You will notice what a difference it makes.
Do something for yourself.
You shouldn’t forget to do the things you like to do because you are busy with wedding plans. Have a spa day or make time to have lunch with your friends. By taking time for yourself you will become more relaxed and eliminate some of your stress.