Mental health is finally gaining the long-awaited limelight it always deserved. The planning and execution of a wedding is indeed a stressful and anxiety-inducing affair. Especially for the bride. The expectations from a bride to smoothly transition from the family she has always been living with to living with an entirely new family are extremely high.
During such an emotionally charged stage of your life at the time when ever-altering changes are taking place, it becomes immensely vital to take care of your mental health. However, in this day and age when information overload is exceeding it’s peak, it becomes tricky to decipher what steps to actually implement based on the information provided on the internet.
You can find the information that befits your circumstances and based on trials and tribulations, find the best ways that work for your mental health. To assist you with that, we have devised a set of things you can do to improve your mental health and combat the last minute anxieties that arise due to the approaching wedding.
1. Let Go Of The Perfectionist Mindset
As cumbersome as it sounds, the idealistic and perfectionistic part of you is always going to linger around especially when you’re expected to be nothing less than perfection. But do yourself a favor and let go of the perfectionistic mindset. You cannot control the outcome of everything. So, the best thing to do for yourself is let go and let it all flow. Things will befall in the right place, just trust that and enjoy your time. Because your wedding is going to be a once in a lifetime kind of affair.
2. Journal Each Day
We reckon that journaling each day is one of the most highly recommended when it comes to mental health. But it is a highly effective practice. Journaling even for 15 minutes per day can help you jot down your thoughts and alleviate your anxieties about your D Day.
3. Talk To Someone Who’s Uninvolved In The Wedding Planning
Whether that someone is a close friend of yours or a therapist, it makes the world of a difference to just talk about your feelings and emotions to someone who can provide you with a judgement-free perspective. Especially when this life-altering phase of your life is taking place, a lot of stress and piling up anxiety can come along. So, opening up to a trust worthy individual can be one of the best things you can do to preserve your mental health.
4. Plan And Do Other Activities With Your Partner Other Than Wedding Planning
You are about to share the rest of your life with this person. It’s only fair that you get to meet your groom-to-be and get to know him on a personal level. Spending time with him would definitely bring you both closer and give you both opportunities to be romantic with each other. Plan surprise dates for your life partner and get to know about their likes and dislikes, talk about things that will make you both compatible with each other.
5. Inculcate Deep-Breathing Practices
It’s one step ahead of your daily meditation. Deep-breathing practices are an excellent way to relieve anxiety. There is a plethora of deep-breathing meditation guides available on YouTube. Deep-breathing only for 5 minutes per day can have astronomical effects on your physical and mental health. Start with one minute per day and increase the time little by little and reap the benefits.
6. Unplug For 30 Minutes Every Day
Steering away from electronic devices for even 30 minutes a day can boost your mood entirely. Use this time to treat yourself and practice self-care. Self-care is an extremely personal objective that can look different for everybody. So find your ways of self-care and practice them during the time you’re unplugged and away from social media.
7. Make A List Of Affirmations And Repeat Them Each Day
This could also be a part of your daily journaling session. Or you could make a set of affirmations and repeat them after you brush your teeth each morning. These are a few of the affirmations we would recommend you repeat daily
- I am marrying the love of my life.
- I am a beautiful bride.
- I am blessed to be marrying my best friend.
- I am blessed with health, love and friends
You can also use this affirmation in general to always get the best in your life; “Dear Universe, show me how good it gets today.
8. Include Exercise As A Way To Relieve Stress
Whether it is yoga or high-impact fitness routines, moving your body is always a great way to relieve stress and feel better afterwards. Plan it out for just 15 minutes a day and reap the benefits both physically and mentally. Refrain from over-exerting your body too much, it would be improbable to go through pain during this life-altering phase of your life.
9. Spend Time With Your Family Other Than Wedding Planning
These are the people that you have spent the entirety of your life with. You’ve spend your life growing up in this house. And before you move on to the next phase of your life, it would be wise to gather as many memories as you can. Especially plan out an activity per day with your family or maybe just talk to them about everything and nothing. Just collect as many memories as you can.
10. Maintain A Good Sleep Cycle
No one likes to look worn out especially when all eyes are on them. Definitely, they can be covered with make up, but nothing beats the natural glow of the bride. The best way to assure that is to improve your sleep cycle and get at least 8 to 10 hours of your beauty sleep.
We sincerely hope that these tips and tricks help you to figure out what ways work for you to ensure your mental well-being. It may have been a taboo, but now it is considered common to experience stress and anxiety. So, we urge you to not feel let down by feeling these emotions. With this ways, you’re ready to overcome the arising anxious thoughts in your mind. Be gentle and kind to yourself. That would make a world of difference in itself. Until then, happy self-care to you!