The week before your wedding is undoubtedly the most exciting one ever! But with all the final planning and preparation comes stress. Remember to take a deep breath and remain calm. If you need help handling pre-wedding stress, here are 8 ways to destress the week before your wedding:

1. Sleep more

1. Sleep more

Even if you’re feeling super stressed, it’s still important to get between 8 and 9 hours of sleep every night. Lack of sleep can negatively affect your memory, mood, and health. Getting enough sleep on a consistent basis means you’ll wake up feeling refreshed and focused.

2. Hit up the gym

2. Hit up the gym

Exercise is crucial for keeping stress under control. Carve out time in your busy schedule to hit up the gym at least five days a week. Cardio exercise, such as running, releases feel-good hormones in the brain, causing you to feel happier and calmer. If you can’t hit up the gym, then take a jog around your neighborhood or pop in a workout DVD.

3. Ask for help

3. Ask for help

If you still feel like there’s a lot to do the week before your wedding, don’t do it alone. Instead, ask your friends and family to help out. Don’t be afraid to delegate tasks to others so that everything runs smoothly. You’ll feel a lot less stressed out, and your friends and family will be happy to lend a hand.

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4. Meditate

Meditation has been proven to reduce stress. If you’ve never meditated before, there are loads of guided meditations you can follow, including apps and YouTube videos. All you need is a comfortable space with minimal distractions. Merely meditate for 15 minutes a day, and you’ll feel so much calmer and in control.

5. Pamper yourself

5. Pamper yourself

There’s no better way to reduce stress than to schedule a spa day for yourself. Book a facial, massage, or manicure, and watch your stress instantly melt away.

6. Plan your time

6. Plan your time

Planning your schedule for the next week and delegating tasks to others will help you feel less stressed about your wedding. Invest in a quality planner to keep track of your to-do lists or use your iCal to schedule appointments for each one of your tasks. Once you plan and create to-do lists, you won’t feel so overwhelmed.

7. Designate a to-go person

7. Designate a to-go person

Find a friend or family member who can be your go-to person. They should know as much about the wedding as you do. Your go-to person should be able to help you when unanticipated situations arise, such as issues with arranging photos with the photographer. If you feel too overwhelmed, don’t be afraid to give your go-to person your cell phone so that you can take a break from answering questions.

8. Plan fun outings

8. Plan fun outings

You’ll probably have a ton of guests in town for your wedding. Indulge in some self-care the week before your wedding by arranging some fun outings. But remember to limit yourself to just a few activities to avoid over-scheduling yourself.

Remember to breathe!

Yes, the week before your wedding can be nerve-wracking, especially as you’re finalizing all the details. But remember that you want to wake up on your wedding day feeling relaxed, refreshed, and ready to say “I do.” In the coming days before your big day, carve out some time for yourself -- sleep in, get a massage, and go for a jog. All of these things will help to reduce stress so you can feel happier and be more productive.

References
  1. “15 Tips for a Stress-Free Wedding Week,” Bridal Guide, n.d.
  2. “4 Ways to Best Manage Pre-Wedding Stress The Week Before Your Wedding,” Brides, March 12, 2016.
  3. “8 Ways to Relax The Week Before Your Wedding,” WeddingWire, February 16, 2017.

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