5 Tips for Reducing Pre-Wedding Jitters
Planning a wedding is one of the most incredible journeys you will experience as a couple. However, it's very common for couples to become more stressed than normal during this time. As a result, the added stress and jitters can make it hard to sleep. And, we all know what happens when we're lacking sleep; a decrease in productivity and crankiness.
In order to help combat those pre-wedding jitters and stress, we've teamed up with Tuck, a company that aims to help readers improve sleep hygiene, health, and wellness through comprehensive, in-depth product reviews and curated resources, to bring you 5 tips.
1. Focus on what you can deal with now!
When it comes to wedding planning, you are often thinking weeks and months into the future. This can lead to a lot of anxiety surrounding things that are very far in the future. If you find yourself struggling with this, try making a list of everything that you need to accomplish. From there, narrow the list down to things that you can check off in the next few days or week. Creating a to-do list will help your brain chill out a little bit while still helping you to get everything done that you need to. Remember, take this journey one day and one step at a time.
2. Talk to your partner.
One of the perks of getting married is that you always have someone to talk to. If you're feeling overwhelmed, nervous or upset, sit down with your future spouse and communicate about what's going on. Bottling up emotions will only lead to less sleep and more stress. By talking with your soon-to-be spouse, they may surprise you with solutions, ways to talk to someone who is upsetting you or offer help knocking off a few items on your to-do list.
3. Try light exercise.
If possible, schedule a workout into your daily routine to help you get some quality sleep. Exercise is great for anxiety, depression, and physical health. If you must work out in the evening, remember to keep it light. Intense exercise can cause an increase in adrenaline and heart rate making it even harder to sleep.
If you're feeling social, grab some girlfriends and take a group class! Not only will you get a great sweat session in, but you'll leave with a smile from an hour of laughter with those who are closest to you. And, we bet during that hour you'll have totally forgotten about the stress surrounding your big day.
4. Build a Routine - and bring it with you!
Nightly routines, or sleep hygiene, is very important when it comes to helping you get to sleep at night. That's why we recommend that you avoid disrupting it at all costs.
If you're under the impression that you don't have a routine, stop and think about the habits you do before you go to bed every night. It can be as simple as brushing your teeth, washing your face or taking a bath and reading a book. Anything that helps you to get ready for bed and make your body feel more ready to go to sleep is a routine. If necessary, adjust your nightly actions to improve your sleep hygiene for a better night's rest.
When traveling, especially during these busy months, make sure to bring the essentials necessary in keeping your sleep hygiene in check. That might mean packing a separate toiletries bag with a sleep mask, lavender essential oil, and your favorite face mask. But, for a good night's rest, it's worth the extra bag.
If there is a particular task that brings you a lot of stress and very little joy, you should think about delegating it to a member of your wedding party, family, or an event planner. The entire point of having bridesmaids and groomsmen is to have them help you with the planning your wedding. Don't be afraid to ask for help.
Always remember that your wedding and the planning process are supposed to bring you joy. It's a celebration. If something isn't working or causing you unnecessary stress, it's okay to nix the idea! Have fun, and try to breathe every once in a while!.
These photos were originally featured in Rocky Mountain Bride New Mexico 2018.
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