Guest Blogger: Stress Management Tips for Busy Brides
Dress fittings, invitations, rehearsal dinners and more! As a busy bride, there’s a lot you’re likely dealing with, including tackling numerous tasks while trying to keep everyone involved and satisfied. Suddenly, minor things you never imagined could become sources of tension and stress may emerge, leaving you feeling frustrated and frazzled.
So what can you do to help manage wedding-related stress? Check out the following 3 quick tips for remaining blissful on the way to your special day.
Tip 1-Take Care of You
Whether you’ve been engaged a few months or a few years, as you set the date and the countdown to the big day begins, make maintaining your own health and well being a top priority. It might involve things like pampering yourself after a hectic week with something like heading to the spa, going for a walk outdoors or simply spending some time alone to rest and recharge. By caring for yourself and tending to your needs this way, you’ll be in a better position to focus on wedding matters that require your attention.
Tip 2-Manage Concerns
No sooner than you share the happy news of your engagement, you may find yourself hearing or reading tales of wedding horror stories that describe mid-ceremony disasters. It may lead you to start wondering whether or not your own special day will go smoothly. Fortunately, there are ways to manage concerns like this to move from feeling helpless to feeling empowered. For example, if your concern is related to a reception detail that hasn’t yet been resolved, talk it over with your partner, your wedding planner or others who can help put things in perspective and offer assistance as needed. By addressing real concerns with practical solutions, you can make the shift from thinking the worst to preparing for the best.
Tip 3-Let Go
Your bridesmaids have opposite opinions about the wedding colors, a friend isn’t thrilled about the location for the ceremony and your co-worker is complaining about not being invited. Yikes! Are you wearing yourself out trying to make everyone happy in situations like these? Pause for a moment and breathe. Reflect on what matters to you and your partner in celebrating this special day. While you may wish that everyone else approved of every wedding-related decision made, it can help take some of the pressure off to recognize that this likely won’t happen. So rather than dwell on it, let go of the idea that everyone will like all of your choices. As you weigh others’ opinions along with your own thoughts and desires, be comfortable with striking a balance that feels right for you.
These are just a few tips for managing wedding-related stress. To learn more about goal-setting, accountability and support for your health and well-being, visit Balanced Butterfly.
Natasha Blakeney, MPH, CHES
Health Coach and Certified Health Education Specialist
Natasha’s passion and expertise in health and wellness spans over a decade, including experience as a health educator, trainer and health coach. Through Balanced Butterfly, Natasha supports women to unleash their own potential, create positive transformations and achieve their goals for whole, healthy living. A Certified Health Education Specialist, Natasha holds a BA in Physical Education, Exercise and Sport Science and a Master’s Degree in Public Health, in the area of Health Behavior and Health Education. Natasha is also a Health Coach, trained through the Institute for Integrative Nutrition®.