Wedding stress is something that can hit you even harder the closer you are to your big day. It is important to plan for possible stressors and have some tried-and-true strategies in place to de-stress the week before your wedding. If you can make your personal health and sanity a priority leading up to your wedding, you will have more fun on your big day and will be more likely to enjoy yourself fully. Here are four ways you can de-stress and stay sane before your wedding.
1. Take Care of Your Body
While you may be dieting or exercising leading up to your big day, the week before your wedding should be all about healing and keeping those endorphins flowing so you are at your best on your big day. Hitting the gym is a great way to de-stress, but don’t overdo it. A quick run on the treadmill or a long walk with a friend will keep you moving and can help keep you calm. Another great way to destress and show your body some love is to partake in a spa day. Whether this involves a mani-pedi, a massage, or just a relaxing soak in a whirlpool, this can be a great way to relax and pamper yourself at the same time. While you might be stressed and have planning and prep loose ends running through your head the minute you hit the pillow, try your best to allot a good amount of time to sleeping and relaxing the week before your wedding.
2. Letting off Steam
Whether you love a night on the town, binge watching your favorite show, or gossiping with friends, make sure to partake in a smaller indulgence the week before your wedding. This can keep your calm and keep a smile on your face. If work brings you stress and can be distracting, try to block out some days off before your wedding so you can get into the right mindset for your big day. While you might be saving all of your vacation for your honeymoon, a few days off ahead of time can be a great way to make time for unexpected emergencies, welcoming folks from out of town, and to get your mind off of work for a few days.
3. Catch up With Out-of-Town Guests
If you have guests from out of town that will be in town a day or two early, make some time to see them before your wedding. One’s actual wedding day can a blur, and you might be hard-pressed to get into real conversations with many of your guests and loved ones. Taking time to catch up and hear about others lives can give you a little distraction and just the recharge that you need. This way, you won’t feel bad for not seeing these guests on your big day either.
4. Know When and How to Delegate
If you are the type of person that wants to do it all yourself, you might find yourself with an insurmountable pile of planning to do the week before your wedding. This is what your family and bridesmaids are there for, so don’t be shy and delegate what you can! Whether this is dropping off last-minute instructions or items to your reception site, calling in to double-check that caterers, music, and officiants are all set for the big day, or doing a run-through of wedding party tasks, you can ask for and expect help from those in your inner circle before your big day.
Weddings should be fun, but can oftentimes be more stressful than brides and grooms might realize. With all of the last-minute planning and changes that can come right up to one’s wedding date, being as de-stressed as possible the week before your wedding is something that you can control. Know your own body and your common stressors so that you can come up with a game plan for the days leading up to your wedding.