A wedding can be the most wonderful time of your life, yet the planning and everything else that goes into it can feel stressful. A bit of stress is something you should expect out of a wedding, but you don’t need to lose your mind while planning a wedding. Here are some tips to help you plan and keep your sanity.
You Don’t Need to Spend More Than You Can Afford
With weddings, there is always an incentive to have the most extravagant wedding possible. A huge venue, a large party, the right dress ending up being the most expensive one. However, not everyone can afford a huge wedding, and that’s okay. Sometimes, a smaller, more intimate wedding works, and can make you feel less stressed in the process.
Don’t Be Afraid to Ask for Help
Some people are afraid to ask for any help at all. They want to do everything themselves, be it planning, expenses, and everything in-between. While this is understandable, you should always ask for help whenever possible, especially when someone is offering you help. With less on your plate, your mental health is at less risk.
Talk to a Counselor
Another way you can achieve some peace of mind is to go to counseling or seek the help of a therapist. If you have any concerns about the wedding that you don’t want to tell anyone, a counselor can be your discreet way of venting.
Also, consider speaking to a premarital counselor, if you haven’t done so already. These counselors are good for getting to know your future spouse even more, and to learn how to handle some of the many challenges that come with marriage. Your marriage may be awesome, but there’s always room for improvement.
Get Some Alone Time
With wedding planning, you’re usually around someone. Be it your future spouse, family, or anyone else involved with planning, it can be hard to get some time to detoxify yourself. However, it is important that you get alone time. Be it unwinding with a show, a hobby, or taking a nice, relaxing bath, this can keep your mental health up.
Wedding planning has been romanticized for its many restless nights, but this isn’t something you should strive for. Instead, you should get plenty of rest to keep your mental health up. If your mind is going places whenever you’re trying to sleep, here are a few ways you can relax and get better rest.
- Take a nice, hot bath before bedtime. Not only can it calm your mind, but it can calm your body, too.
- Checking all your emails and notifications may be tempting, but trust us, it can wait. Too much phone time before bed can keep you up. Put it down.
- If you can’t sleep, don’t spend too much time in bed. Get out of bed and do something relaxing, then go back to bed when you’re feeling tired.
- If you’re still having trouble sleeping, talk to a doctor and see what they can do for you.
Go On Date Nights
You may be marrying the love of your life, but this doesn’t mean you can’t go on cute date nights like in your early days. It’s important to live a little. Go see a movie, a concert, or just have a relaxing night at the park. Date nights can help you realize just how much you love your partner, and it can be an escape from all the wedding planning.
Eating right during your planning is a good move. It may be tempting to eat fast food all the time or skip meals when you’re planning, but that’s not good for your physical or mental health. Always eat the best you can, even if you’re deep into planning. Meal prep may help with this.
Your wedding shouldn’t mean the end of your mental health. Do some planning, and you can come out of the wedding not just a married person, but also with high mental spirits. After all, you want to be mentally strong when you’re married to the love of your life, right? Don’t stress yourself out over your big day, and take care of your mental health.
Marie Miguel has been a writing and research expert for nearly a decade, covering a variety of health-related topics. Currently, she is contributing to the expansion and growth of a free online mental health resource with BetterHelp.com. With an interest and dedication to addressing stigmas associated with mental health, she continues to specifically target subjects related to anxiety and depression.