Organising any large celebration or event can be stressful, but weddings are weighted with even more importance. There’s so much to do and so many things to consider. Tensions can also run high when there’s lots of different people invested in your day, both emotionally and financially.
If you want to survive wedding planning in one piece, I believe you need to be gentle with yourselves and make time for self-care. In simple terms, self-care is the action individuals take for themselves, on behalf of and with others in order to develop, protect, maintain and improve their health, wellbeing or wellness.
Here are 5 self-care tips specifically designed to help you survive wedding planning…
Your relationship with each other is the entire reason there’s a wedding plan, but when you’re overwhelmed with tasks to complete and deadlines to meet, it’s easy to lose sight of what’s important. Spending time together as a couple, just the two of you, should be a priority.
If the wedmin can’t wait, try working on tasks together, rather than separately. Booking a regular date night or planning a weekend away is also a good idea.
Often, the kindest thing we can do for ourselves is enlist the help of others. The run-up to your wedding is no time to be a martyr! Call in the professionals, get your bridal party on side and don’t be afraid to accept support when it’s offered.
Wedding planning involves a lot of screentime. From checking emails to scrolling Instagram for inspiration, most couples rely on smartphones and iPads to make their dream wedding a reality. We all know too much time spent online can be bad for our mental health, so I would suggest spending at least one evening a week completely unplugged.
When your evenings and weekends are consumed by wedding planning, it can be hard to find the time for rest and recuperation. My advice is to physically add downtime to your to-do list, allotting space in your schedule so it becomes a non-negotiable part of your day.
You don’t need to dedicate hours and hours to relaxation. An extra 30 minutes in bed on a Sunday morning might be all you need to feel refreshed. Alternatively, try waking 10 minutes earlier during the week, giving yourself time and space to meditate, practice yoga or engage in any activity that helps you unwind.
Self-care is so much more than scented candles and bubble baths, but honestly, these things help too. Treat yourself to a couple’s massage, book a spa day with your bridesmaids or simply sit at home with a facemask on in front of the tele.
Until next time,
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