Planning a wedding is hard work! And with the added stress of the holidays, remaining calm, collected and feeling on top of the world is no easy feat. Until now! Here's our list of the top ways to decompress before walking down the aisle:
1- Head for the spa, get a massage: Ahh... the spa. The mother ship for those of us who NEED relaxation. Grab your girls who aren't afraid to indulge and book massages as often as your budget allows. If bi-weekly or monthly massages are outside your budget, enlist your fiance to work his magic.
2- Drink tea: Herbal tea soothes the mind, body and soul. So sit down with a hot cup of chamomile (which calms) or peppermint (which rejuvenates), and allow your mind to drift off to a beautiful place. Feel the warmth of the cup, breath in the aromatic aroma, and most importantly... RELAX!
3- Yoga, pilates, kickboxing: No matter how you do it, working up a sweat will help wash your stress away. Yoga is one of the best stress relievers around, and will get you a bangin' body before your wedding day arrives. But if you're a bit too A.D.D. to hold the downward dog yoga pose for 2+ minutes (I know I am!), try Pilates or kickboxing instead.
4- Acupressure if you dare: Want a quick fix for unbearable stress? A single acupressure session will leave you alert and energized. Once you arrive, an acupressurist will apply pressure to spots on your body thought to be "energy pathways", which releases the flow of energy and restores balance.
5- Soak in the bath: As a working girl, I know how tough it can be to find extra time in your busy day. But one of the simplest ways to rejuvenate is to set aside alone time for you and your bath. Dim the lights, fill the room with candles, and add yummy botanical bath salts to warm (not hot) bath water. If your bath is big enough for two, invite your fiance to join!
6- Act a fool: Sometimes doing the craziest, silliest things can make your feelings of stress disappear. Try singing your favorite song at the top of your lungs, or invite your bridesmaids over for a full-blown dance party. Any activity involving music, sweat and boogying down will leave you feeling refreshed and ready to tackle the wedding planning!
7- Shoot 'em up: When you're at your wits end and are suppressing violent thoughts (come on, we all have these moments!), unload your aggression at the gun range. Head to the range with your fiance or best (most hardcore) gal pal, and feel like a bad ass as you desecrate the target. You'll walk out of there feeling empowered and ready to tackle your to dos!
8- Get creative & crafty: Creative outlets are very successful at reducing stress. But make sure to start with something simple. Bake cookies or muffins for your hubby-to-be, or get started on an easy DIY wedding project.
9- Give back: Think about all you have to be grateful for, and all those less fortunate around you. Why not positively impact someone else's life rather than waste time sulking about the pains of wedding planning? Doing something charitable, like volunteering at an old folks home, soup kitchen, animal shelter, etc., will put everything into perspective, making the low points of wedding planning a lot more bearable.
What de-stressing tricks can you share with us? We want to know your secret stress-relieving weapon!