• Michelle Norwood

How to Manage Pre-Wedding Stress the Week Before Your Wedding

The week leading up to your wedding day is undoubtedly the most exciting week — pretty much EVER. But, with all the excitement and expectations also comes a generous helping of stress.

Final payments, walk-throughs, headcounts, and (gasp!) even last minute cancellations — these last little details are often the most important, AND the most stressful. Fear not — take a breath, relax, and consider giving these five tips a whirl to wakeup, on your wedding day relaxed, refreshed, and ready to become a partners in life.

1. Plan Your Time

There are only so many hours in a day, but it's easy to forget that while in the final throws of wedding planning. If you haven't already, invest in a pretty paper planner, notebook, or utilize your iCal instead of just adding tasks to your never-ending to-do list. By actually making "appointments" for tasks, they suddenly don't seem so daunting, and by scheduling your time for specific tasks you feel more accomplished, organized, and ready to handle whatever your wedding week throws your way.

2. Alone Time

While you want to spend this time with your friends and family, remember to take some time for yourself. We need solitude, because when we're alone, we're free from obligations, we don't need to put on a show, and we can hear our own thoughts. Take some time to recharge your batteries before you head into your wedding week.

3. Exercise

Obviously, exercise is essential to healthy living, but it's also imperative in order to be a calm, cool, and collected (no groomzillas or bridezillas here!). Aside from the obvious benefits of exercising, calming, feel-good endorphins are also released (especially during cardio) that can improve your mood, release stress and enhance your overall wellbeing. Find sometime to get your body moving.

4. Sleep

While it's tempting to burn the midnight oil in the days leading up to the wedding — don't! Do all you can to stick to your normal sleep routine, as lack of sleep can affect memory, health, and mood (and of course the dreaded dark circles and puffiness that NO-ONE wants). Be certain to get your 6-8 hours each night, and you'll awake refreshed and focus to tackle each day's wedding chores.

5. Ask For Help

Calling all bridesmaids — seriously. While you'll definitely want to tackle the big stuff yourself, some last minute errands are where your bridal party can really come in handy. Need to pick up something last minute? Don't go it alone — friends and family are ready, willing, and able to lend a helping hand AND make lasting pre-wedding memories with you while they're at it.

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