While weddings are certainly an exciting time in anyone’s life, being a bride or groom can also be quite stressful. Whether it’s the process of planning, the feeling of being in the spotlight, or the pressure of such a monumental moment, this special day can be anxiety inducing for even someone who has it together the rest of the time. One way to combat this stress is to take up meditation. This practice has a wide range of benefits and there are many different ways to do it in order to reduce stress and feel more at ease both as your big day approaches and when it finally arrives.
Why Enlist the Help of Meditation?
There are so many reasons to take up meditation—whether you’re getting married or not! Meditation and its effects on practitioners is something that’s been researched since 1930. In recent years, however, this practice has become not only a lot more widely practiced, but more widely advertised and accessible than ever.
The effects of meditation are shown through various studies. Some of these findings show that those who meditate regularly are proven to have a lower heart rate, respiration rate, and blood pressure as well as decreased oxygen consumption levels. Those who regularly meditate are also proven to be less anxious and nervous overall and more independent and self-confident. Furthermore, 75 percent of insomniacs who meditated on a daily basis were eventually able to fall asleep within 20 minutes of going to bed. Finally, those practicing meditation had a significantly lessened production level of the stress hormone cortisol. A lack of this hormone makes someone naturally more relaxed and more able to deal with stress in general.
How to Meditate to Relieve Wedding Stress
Now that you’re sold on the idea and great effects of regular meditation, you’re probably wondering how you can practice it in order to relieve wedding stress. Luckily, there are a myriad of ways to do so.
Download a Meditation App
One of the easiest ways to push yourself to meditate daily or at least more regularly during the wedding planning process is to download an app to your phone or tablet that uses modules to take you through daily meditation practices. Apps such as Headspace, The Mindfulness App, Calm, Sattva, and Insight Timer are all readily available and can be easily used by even beginner meditators. Some of these apps require a paid subscription while others are free with optional purchases within the app, making these options affordable as well as accessible and easy to use.
Use YouTube Videos
Another way to meditate regularly to relieve stress as your wedding approaches is to use YouTube videos of guided meditations in order to practice. These can be easily found and are completely free, so there’s really no excuse not to delve into the world of meditation and mindfulness this way! There are tutorials available in every length and style, so you’re bound to find something that will work for you.
Now that you understand not only the benefits of meditation but also where you can source guided meditation, you probably want to better understand the techniques surrounding this popular practice.
The first type of meditation is the one that encourages mindfulness. As an individual works through this type of meditation, they are encouraged to observe wandering thoughts passing through that person’s mind. The idea is to not get involved with the thoughts, but to simply acknowledge them as they come and go. This type of meditation allows the practitioner to understand his or her thoughts and feelings and the way that they come about in particular patterns. This practice helps develop an inner balance that results in a higher level of mindfulness and a decreased tendency to immediately judge.
The other meditation technique to be aware of is concentration meditation. This way of practicing demands that the practitioner focuses on a single point. This “point” may be more of a breathing exercise, the focus on a certain affirmation or mantra, or continuously listening to and focusing on one song. This type of meditation challenges the mind, as humans are wired to have many thoughts simultaneously rather than focusing on one particular thing intensely. This technique is meant to improve the ability to concentrate and is helpful in relieving stress and achieving the vast amount of other benefits meditation boasts.
Even if you practice meditation for only a few moments each day, getting into this habit will help to relieve wedding stress, not to mention it’s a great skill and habit to have well after you say “I do.” The increased tendency towards mindfulness that this practice induces will surely allow you to enjoy the wedding planning process more than you would have without enlisting in this habit, so it’s definitely worth pursuing.