Keep Calm and Marry On!
I bet you thought planning your hen and stag do was stressful… Planning a wedding is not for the faint hearted. You’re going to get stressed, you’re going to worry, you’re probably going to lose your temper a few times. But it’s okay. Sit down, take five minutes, and read our top ten methods on how to keep calm and stay relaxed on the run up to your big day.
Set twenty minutes aside first thing in the morning. Find somewhere quiet and switch off from the hustle and bustle. Put some headphones in, and find a soothing soundtrack, or guided meditation tutorial on Youtube (I’d recommend The Honest Guys), and let yourself relax completely. You’ll be sure to feel calmer, and more relaxed for the upcoming day. Alternatively, yoga is a great way to wake your body up and release some of that muscle tension. Stretch out that tension to leave a feeling of refreshment and relaxation.
Turn it all off. The phone. The computer. The television. Look away from the text messages and emails for a couple of hours, light some candles and grab a book or magazine. Curl up with a blanket by the fire, or sit outside in the sunshine and absorb yourself into some good literature, or get creative and do something that you enjoy whether it’s writing, painting, or crafting. Go outside for a walk without your phone, and just take in your surroundings, visit a woodland area or the beach and just enjoy the natural world. It’s extremely rewarding, and relaxes you completely.
Spa and Pamper Days
Treat yourself to a facial, or a full body massage to get yourself feeling fantastic both physically and mentally. Allow a trained masseuse to knead out all of those stress knots in your muscles, and then enjoy a gentle skin cleansing which will leave your skin feeling rejuvenated, reenergised and fresh. Walk away feeling pampered, spoiled and more equipped to keep calm. This is one you can do on your own, with your friends, or even good old mum or dad!
We know there’s a lot to do, but it’s important you take some time off. You don’t want to be saying ‘I do’ with bags under your eyes that would give Prada a run for its money! Curl up with your partner, stay in your pyjamas and chill out to your favourite films or TV series. I promise, this is a day where binge watching the whole of House of Cards and Game of Thrones is absolutely encouraged, and eating too much popcorn or cheesy nachos is permitted.
It’s easy to get so caught up in wedding planning, that you actually fall into the trap of forgetting to spend time together as a couple. Make plans, and set aside one evening a week to do something you both enjoy. Watch a show, go out for dinner, or take a wander in the local park. It doesn’t have to cost you any money, but just spending time together will ensure that you stay connected! After all, you are going to be spending the rest of your lives together, make sure you’re still making an effort with each other.
Ugh. Yuck right. We don’t mean running marathons, or hiking up Kilimanjaro here, but staying active really does work off some of that pre-wedding stress. Try going on regular walks, jogs, bike rides, or even a swim to take your mind off your to do list and to help you keep calm. Destress, and keep fit at the same time! Feel and look great for your big day, by staying active.
Enjoy a long, hot soak in a candlelit bath, with plenty of bubbles (in the tub and in your glass). Put on your favourite music, lie back in wind down after a tough day of wedding planning. Yes, you might look all wrinkly when you get out of the bath, but it’ll leave you feeling so relaxed that you’ll be ready to pull on some freshly washed pyjamas and crawl into your big soft bed.
Don’t go it all alone. Keep calm through delegation! There are people around you who want to help you out. Family and close friends will be more than happy to help you organise certain things so that you don’t have the weight of the world on your shoulders. Trying to do everything on your own might sound great if you like to stay in control, but taking too much on can quickly spiral into chaos. Be trusting, be smart and be efficient. Don’t be scared to ask for help if you need it!
Planning in Advance
Like way in advance. Have a wedding journal, to do list and a folder with all of your confirmations/ receipts so that you always know what’s been done, what needs to be done and in what order. Write everything down. Prioritise your tasks, and work out dates when everything needs to be done by. Stay organised, and everything will fall into place. Be generous with the time you leave for each thing you need to arrange, and that way, should there be any issues, you have plenty of times to resolve them!
Look after yourself. Self care is key to looking and feeling good! Early nights, a healthy diet, a great hygiene and skin care routine and drinking plenty of water are key! Keep a healthy body and mind by looking after it, and feel refreshed and relaxed. You’ll feel much better and will work much more efficiently if your body is being looked after.