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Wedding Overwhelm and Self-Care as a Couple MMW 185



Wedding planning can be a full-time job and extremely stressful, which is why it's crucial to prioritise self-care and maintain a strong connection with your partner throughout the process.

In this episode, we delve into the challenges of wedding planning during the last couple of weeks before the big day. We received a message from a lovely bride-to-be expressing their overwhelm and seeking advice on self-care as a couple. It's a tough place to be, but we're here to share some valuable tips to help you navigate this overwhelming period.

It's important to acknowledge that feeling overwhelmed is completely normal. It's a mix of anxiety, nerves, stress, and sometimes a lack of sleep. Each person experiences overwhelm differently, whether it's trouble sleeping, loss of appetite, chest tightness, or difficulty focusing.

In the midst of the chaos, it's essential not to lose sight of yourselves as a couple. Take a moment to remember the significance of this time in your lives. This is the day you get to marry the love of your life, and it's all about the two of you. To maintain your connection amidst the wedding planning frenzy, make it a priority to regularly engage in activities as a couple that don't involve wedding tasks. Even if you're only a week away from the wedding, take a walk together in nature, hit the beach barefoot, or find solace in the power of the outdoors. Nature has a remarkable ability to uplift and rejuvenate.

Additionally, incorporating self-care practices can make a significant difference in managing overwhelm. Consider doing yoga, stretching, or meditating to center yourselves and reduce stress. Listen to high-vibe music that boosts your energy and makes you feel good. Stop telling yourselves that you won't be able to get everything done—maintain a positive mindset and affirm that everything is perfect as it is. Remember, what you feed your mind is what happens, so focus on positivity and believe that you will have the best day ever.

When overwhelmed, it can be helpful to organise your thoughts and prioritise tasks. Take a moment to journal and release the emotions and thoughts swirling inside you. Write down why you're feeling overwhelmed, identify the source, and determine the next best steps. This exercise allows you to gain clarity and create a plan of action. As you journal, you may realise that you're being too hard on yourself or that you genuinely have a lengthy to-do list. In the latter case, start by highlighting tasks you can delegate. Seek the support of family and friends who are willing to help, and remember to clearly communicate your expectations to ensure everything runs smoothly. Some tasks, like writing vows or attending final dress fittings, cannot be delegated. In those cases, create a comprehensive list and prioritise each item, tackling them one by one.

Remember to prioritise self-care in the final weeks leading up to the wedding. Get enough sleep, exercise regularly, stay hydrated, and nourish your body with healthy food. These basic practices can significantly improve your well-being and help you manage stress. Consider incorporating daily exercise and drinking plenty of water as a starting point if you feel overwhelmed by the prospect of implementing multiple changes at once.

If you find yourself struggling to stay on top of everything, don't hesitate to seek additional resources and support. Websites and apps dedicated to wedding planning, like "Manage My Wedding," offer checklists, guidance, and even an anxiety masterclass (in The Calm Bride Planner Course) to help you through this period. Remember, you don't have to do it all alone.

Finally, be kind to yourself throughout the wedding planning process. Remember the significance of this time and cherish the moments leading up to your special day. Embrace the journey and enjoy the planning process as much as the wedding itself.

If you're feeling overwhelmed or need someone to talk to, reach out on Instagram @managemywedding

Remember, stay stress-free, organised, and savour every moment as you plan the wedding of your dreams.


Recommended Podcast Episodes:

MMW 23 - Involving Your Partner In The Planning

MMW 113 - What Would Make Your Wedding Day Perfect? Complete this task to achieve your dream wedding


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