Stress and Weddings

July 30, 2012 at 7:46 pm 3 comments

One of the most exciting and joyful times of your life occurs on the day you exchange vows and marry your beloved. However, planning a wedding is not easy; expect the unexpected, as something unforeseen is inevitably bound to happen. Moments of stress may occur from any number of sources such as the initial selection of a wedding dress to last minute issues with the caterer. Read on for a look at stress and weddings.

Causes of Wedding Stress

The main cause of stress as related to weddings is a difference of expectations versus reality. Your fairytale wedding may not be the dream-come-true you always imagined, especially during the planning process. Stay focused on the end result and do not let the drive for perfection overpower real world sensibilities. “Don’t worry, be happy,” may be easy for some to say; weddings are major life-changing events and it is normal to have apprehension and doubt.

Symptoms of Wedding-Related Stress

Planning a wedding is an extremely stressful time filled with many decisions and obligations. According to the Mayo Clinic, physical, emotional and other interactive symptoms of stress include headaches, irritability, muscle tension, sleep problems, lack of concentration, fatigue, upset stomach, angry outbursts, overeating or not eating enough. If left untreated, stress can take a toll on your body impacting your overall health in the long term.

Ways to Relieve and Soothe Wedding Stress

Good news, if you are experiencing symptoms of wedding-related stress there are several beneficial ways to manage your stress and improve your well being. Begin a fitness regime; regular physical exercise is a great stress reliever and boosts energy levels. Try relaxation techniques such as talking to a friend, playing with a pet, getting a massage, writing in a journal or dancing to music. Learning to meditate increases concentration, helps slow the heart rate and brings more oxygen into the body with focused breathing. Take a yoga class; the benefits of yoga (besides reduced stress) include increased strength and flexibility, better sleep and reduced muscle tension. Be kind to yourself and try not to go it alone, ask for help from friends and family and/or hire a wedding planner to assist with the preparations.

How to Avoid Stress Associated With Weddings

How you approach stressful situations may determine whether you crumble or float like a care-free butterfly through all the challenges a wedding presents. Helpful ways to sidestep stress include keeping organized by writing everything down on a to-do list or recording in a planner, creating a spreadsheet or utilizing a wedding management mobile app to help track the hundreds of details associated with weddings. Communicate with your vendors clearly and succinctly at all times to avoid any stressful misunderstandings. Having a positive outlook and flexible attitude is one of the best defenses to avoiding stress; this is your day of love.

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