How to Manage COVID-19 Wedding Anxiety

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Given the fact that we’re in the middle of a pandemic, planning a wedding can be pretty stressful. With the uncertainty and concern over meeting stringent rules and policies, it’s normal to experience negative emotions leading up to your wedding day during these times. With that being said, there are ways to help manage pre-wedding anxiety amid COVID-19 that will help you relax as you gear up to walk down the aisle.

Get Moving

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Regular exercise is a great way to reduce symptoms of stress and anxiety. Any type of movement from walking to spinning to yoga is sure to do the trick. Not only does working out regularly help to calm your mind, but it’ll help you look and feel great for your big day as well!

Practice Meditation

Meditation is a great way to help reduce anxiety and find more peace in your day-to-day life, whether you’re worried about your impending wedding or not. But especially if you’re experiencing pre-wedding anxiety induced by the pandemic, regular meditation is sure to be a lifesaver. Use an app like Calm or Headspace or even utilize free YouTube videos in order to calm yourself down and take time dedicated to just yourself and your own mindfulness.

Talk About Your Worries

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Another way to help ease anxiety for many couples in the wake of the pandemic is to talk about their worries. This could be with a relative or friend or even a professional therapist. Getting the worries off your chest is sure to make you feel better.

Make Plans

An additional way to help quell anxiety is to make plans around the different scenarios that can pan out surrounding the pandemic. Having a plan B and even a plan C can help put your mind at ease and give you peace knowing exactly how you’ll handle different scenarios that are related to COVID-19.

Write it Down

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Another way to help ease anxieties related to wedding planning during COVID-19 is to write down everything you’re worried about. Keep a journal to document your worries and accompany each line item with how likely it is to actually happen. Be specific in the potential issues you’re writing down. This helps to formulate a list of potential problems to deal with as you work through planning and is a great way to just get these items off your chest. This also helps create a divide between issues that are likely to pan out that should be focused on and those that are unlikely to be an actual issue.

Make Time for Self-Care

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Self-care is an important part of reducing anxiety and keeping your mind and body healthy. Find self-care activities that make you genuinely happy to feel more relaxed overall as you prepare for your wedding. Whether that’s taking a relaxing bubble bath, curling up with a cup of tea and a good book, or setting aside time to perfect your skin care routine with a new face mask every week, spending this time on yourself is sure to help diminish anxiety.

Focus on the Important Stuff

While there’s so much surrounding the pandemic that you can’t control, you can certainly control what you focus your thoughts, energy, and efforts towards. With that being said, choose to channel your energy towards the most important thing: your love for your future spouse. Dedicate time to date nights where you vow not to spend time stressing over your wedding and/or the news and, instead just enjoy one another’s company. Make this into a habit by setting a normal cadence for dates. Even if your options for going out are limited, you can always find things to do at home, like having a game night, cooking dinner together, or watching a movie.

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