- Monday, March 1, 2010

Managing Pre-Wedding Stress

No matter where you are in your wedding planning process – a week past your fiancé placing your ring on your hand, or a month away from the big day – most likely you’ve heard yourself saying, “I’m so stressed!” In between dress fittings, shopping for bridal party gifts and scheduling hair trials, you’re playing phone tag with the reception hall and trying to figure out where to strategically seat your guests. Not to mention weddings can stir up a lot of emotions and anxiety.

I am repeatedly reminding my clients to take a moment for themselves - and that’s why I’m focusing this month’s article on managing stress. I personally manage stress with a live concert, or a fruity tropical drink at the beach, or more often than not - a long, relaxing massage. So I've asked my friend and colleague, licensed massage therapist Sara Nagle, to share some tips with you.

Managing Pre-Wedding Stress
by Sara Nagle
I'm delighted to have the opportunity to discuss a topic near and dear to my heart: managing stress. While stress is not inevitable, it is a very common issue, especially as you are planning an event which marks a big step forward in your life. So I'd like to share with you a few ways to both prevent and relieve stress in your body and mind.

Using your muscles may feel like the last thing you want to do when you're feeling stressed, but it can be a huge help. Exercise causes the body to release endorphins, which are natural chemicals that work to relieve pain and promote a feeling of well-being. Regular exercise can also help you to feel both more energetic and more focused. It doesn't have to be anything terribly strenuous - activities such as yoga and tai chi can be every bit as stress-relieving as weight training or swimming.

Eating Healthy
A wise man once told me, "Eat whatever you want, whenever you want. But pay attention to how you feel afterward. When you eat good things, you will feel good. When you eat bad things, you will feel bad." There are times when all you want is chocolate, salt, or cheese; it's ok to indulge your cravings! But if you have too much of these things, your body and mind will feel tired and sluggish. Keep the goodies in moderation, and be sure to get plenty of fruits and vegetables. It can be difficult to eat healthy when you’re busy planning a wedding, but it's worth it for your stress levels.

Massage Therapy
One of the best ways to unwind is to get a massage. When people feel stressed, it very often affects their muscles, especially in the upper back and neck. The muscles can feel very tight and painful. Massage therapy relieves pain in your tired muscles, relaxes both your body and mind, and can leave you feeling refreshed, focused, and centered. Massage also promotes the release of endorphins, just like exercise.

Take Time for Yourself
In all of the pre-wedding madness, it can be very easy to lose sight of the everyday things we do to take care of ourselves. You still need time to relax at the end of the day, and to spend time with your fiancé. Be sure to schedule some time to do whatever it is that makes you feel happy, be it taking a bubble bath or going rock climbing. Remember to ask yourself how you're doing, and if the answer isn't what you'd like, take time to give yourself what you need!

***Sara is generously offering 20% off her rates exclusively for Cloud Nove Events e-zine subscribers. If you're interested, contact Sara here. ****

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1 comment:

  1. In my opinion, To avoid stress you should start planning well in advance and have a checklist so you don't forget anything. Hiring a professional wedding planner can be expensive so I suggest getting a good wedding planning book and browsing some websites which can offer plenty of good tips as well.

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