Updated: Mar 29, 2020
The wedding planning process is exciting, but can also be very stressful as there are many moving parts associated with planning the wedding day. In preparation for the big day, there are many vendors to communicate with about timeline of events and other key areas such as the venue, the baker, the caterer, the photographer, rental companies, and so much more. In addition to coordinating schedules, there is a new area of stress impacting couples and that is the Coronavirus. Due to this unforeseen circumstance that is plaguing society, it is important to identify effective strategies to alleviate areas of stress. These are 5 ways to maintain a neutral state during this stressful time:
1. Practice Mindfulness. Yoga is a great way to enhance mindfulness and ease stress. Due to current circumstances, there are many studios in the area that are offering online classes to assist individuals with enhancing self-regulation from the comfort of their own homes. There are also applications you can download on your devices to practice strategies such as Headspace.
2. Communication. Maintain contact with your support system. Now that stay-at-home orders are going into effect, it is more challenging to meet one-on-one with loved ones. However, with the use of technology, you can maintain communication with others through platforms such as FaceTime, Skype, and Zoom. Schedule time to talk with the people you love who can continue to support you during this difficult time.
3. Coping Skills. Use a variety of coping skills when experiencing stress and anxiety. These can include strategies such as: going for a walk, listening to music, utilizing a stress ball, doing a word search, journaling, drawing, or honing in other areas of interest that you can practice in the home setting. There are many coping skills to choose from when stressed. The important thing is identifying the ones that work best for you.
4. Alone Time. During this time, it can also become overwhelming as there may be a lot of family and friends asking you about the status of your upcoming wedding. As things change on a continuous basis, it becomes more challenging to answer ongoing questions about your big day. It is okay to take a break from it all and unplug from your devices as needed. Try scheduling some time for yourself to practice self-care by minimizing frequent contact that may be causing more stress for you and your partner.
5. Wedding Planner. Leaning on your wedding planner during this time can be very beneficial in regard to minimizing stress. The wedding planner can take the lead on communicating with all of your vendors and assist with making changes to timelines when needed. Feeling stressed? Don’t forget that your wedding planner is also a part of your support system and wanting to do everything they can to support throughout the wedding planning process.