Planning a wedding can be an extremely stressful process. It’s often made even more stressful by the many expectations put on brides and grooms to enjoy every moment of the process. Sometimes it’s necessary to take a step back and find some techniques that you know will work to relax and calm you when you’re in a moment of extreme stress or frustration.
Here are some options that might be helpful.
Yoga Practices at Home
Yoga is a great way to help alleviate stress and keep you connected to your body and your breathing. But who has time to go to a yoga class when the tasks are piling up? Here’s a solution: An at-home yoga practice could be the perfect way for getting your yoga in without adding stress to your schedule. There are many many options available online if you’re looking for a guided practice that’s formulated more like a class (Yoga with Adrienne is a notable free option on YouTube).
You can also study a few “calming poses,” and just take a couple of minutes for yoga when you’re feeling overwhelmed to pull yourself back into alignment. The Lotus pose, Cat pose, Cow pose, Tree pose, and Child’s pose are all yoga poses that calm and focus the mind and body, and can be done almost anywhere. If you feel anxiety and stress coming on, pause for a moment to do five minutes of an in-the-moment yoga practice.
Meditation the Easy Way
Meditation can seem like an elusive, difficult practice. The reality is that guided meditation series are extremely easy to access and can really help calm your stress if done consistently. There are many websites that can talk you through some tips and techniques that might help ease you into a meditation practice. By far the simplest option is to find a meditation app and download it onto your phone. There are lots of meditation apps available, and once you’ve downloaded one of those, peace and tranquility can be at your fingertips with the push of a button!
Journaling Your Stress Away
If you’re finding that a lot of your stress seems to be from an overactive brain, another great option could be starting to journal. Use whatever journaling technique works and feels best for you: free-writing, answering prompts, setting a timer and writing for that duration of time, etc. Sometimes getting your thoughts and feelings out on paper can really help calm you down and give you perspective on the things that are causing you stress. Of course, no one needs to see the things you’ve written (you can even get rid of them after you’ve done the work, if that feels good to you), so you can really write about everything on your mind.
Aromatherapy Can Trigger Calm Thoughts
Many people find using aromatherapy to be extremely helpful for combating stress and other difficult emotions. The use of specific scents is a great way to calm your mind and trigger positive emotional responses. If you’re really finding an excess of stress in your life, it may be a good idea to try aromatherapy and see if it makes a positive difference for you.
Breath Control Can Calm Your Mind
When all else fails, by making sure you have an active awareness of your breathe can make a big difference on your stress level. Pause for a moment, take a few deep breaths, and concentrate solely on your breathing. It’s a very easy, quick way to calm yourself down and to remind yourself to slow down. Focusing on your breathing alone can bring an instant calm to your mind that will help you refocus on your tasks and to do lists with less stress and anxiety.
If you’re feeling over-stressed or overwhelmed, any of the above suggestions can help get you back into a comfortable, calm state of mind. When in doubt, take a few moments to yourself, regardless of which method you choose to use, to focus on making an impact on your stress level.