Photo by: Krista Leigh Hurst Photography
As we approach the last few weeks before the wedding (!!!), the to-do list seems to be getting longer and longer as the time remaining gets less and less. So much to think about; finalizing the guest list, coordinating with all of the vendors, dress fittings, confirming honeymoon plans…
I could go on and on. Weddings are stressful! I like to think we have kept ours small and simple, and still these last few weeks are inevitably overwhelming. People cope with stress in different ways. Here are a few things I do to help me manage when I feel like I’ve reached my boiling point.
Exercise- Even something as simple as a long walk with my dog in the evening helps me to organize my thoughts and seems to put things into perspective. I’m lucky to have the beautiful spring weather to aid in the serenity these next few weeks.
Yoga- I love a good, gentle yoga class. When life around you seems to get crazy stressful, it’s easy to overlook the needs of your body. Yoga not only stretches you and rejuvenates your body physically, it’s forces you to check in with yourself mentally and make corrections to continue on a little clearer and stronger.
A Good Book- The world is a noisy place these days, between the infinite world of social media, endless bad news and junk on TV, and just the day-to-day stress of being human. The best way I find to escape is to light my favorite candle and settle in with a really good book. (If you need a recommendation, I’m currently enjoying The Good House, by Ann Leary ).
Sleep- I’m no doctor, but I’m of the school that a good night sleep can pretty much solve anything. I’m a firm believer that if a day is just not going your way, there is no shame in ending it early, hopping into bed and hoping the next day is a better one.
Hug Your Dog- This one’s pretty self-explanatory. If you don’t have a dog, a cat would suffice, but I would recommend using a dog for this. Dogs are awesome.
Spending Time My Fiancé- In all honesty, there are moments when I have said to myself, “Is all this stress worth it?!”
The answer to that question is undoubtedly YES. It is worth it. Something as simple as going for a long walk together, sharing a funny YouTube video, playing fetch with the dog, even going for mini dates to get frozen yogurt on a random Monday night (or Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday…ok, were addicted, I admit it!) brings us back to the true purpose of all of this planning. Making a commitment to our love, and celebrating with an awesome party is certainly something to look forward to! Being able share that time with so many wonderful family members and close friends is truly one of the biggest blessings we could hope for. <3