The Role of Mental Health on Your Wedding Day
Let’s have a candid conversation about mental health. Weddings are referred to as one of the “best days of your life” and the pressure to have the perfect day can end up causing a lot of stress and strain on your mental wellness. The goal is always to have a wonderful celebration of your love, but in order to achieve that, an emphasis needs to be placed on mental health. This topic is not discussed enough, so we wanted to share some of our top tips on how to take care of yourself as your wedding approaches.
1. Take care of your body.
It is common to focus on getting into shape, so you look your best in photos. However, unrealistic, unhealthy expectations can come into play. Your body is beautiful, and you deserve to feel confident. Our suggestions are integrating yoga, walking, and meditation into your routine as ways to stay active, reduce stress, and feel good.
2. Integrate clean foods into your diet.
While diets, particularly “trendy” diets, can be difficult to maintain, incorporating foods that are healthy and energizing are a game-changer. Taking daily vitamins, limiting alcohol intake, cutting down on gluten, and adding clean foods to your diet help you feel happier and healthier. You want to feel your best and have lots of energy on your wedding day. Plus, those habits can be continued to lead to a healthier life in general.
3. Remember that you do not have to be a people-pleaser.
Weddings are exciting, and everyone has their own perception of the perfect wedding. When you are asking for advice, only ask the people whose opinions you actually trust and want to listen to. Your wedding is not about making someone else’s vision come to life. Setting boundaries and following your preferences can be difficult but will ultimately be worth it.
4. Hire an event planner.
No day will run perfectly, but that does not mean you can’t have a fantastic day! Event planners are able to handle the unexpected changes and issues that arise on your wedding day. Having experienced professionals on hand allows you to step back and enjoy a stress-free day as they take care of the behind-the-scenes situations. An event planner takes care of all of the big and little details and is able to add personal touches that make your day.
5. Talk to a therapist.
Taking a step into the next chapter as a married person brings a lot of change into your life. Not only are you planning a big event, but you are also looking at merging your life with another person. Happy events can still cause anxiety, stress, and more. Therapists can help you take steps to maintain your mental health and handle all of the change. Couples have even seen a lot of success with going to a therapist to have conversations about holidays, finances, children, and much more. Learning to communicate is so important, and your happiness will grow faster if you both can learn how to talk with one another.
6. Understand when you are feeling overwhelmed.
Wedding planning takes a lot of work, and the process can easily overwhelm you if you take on everything at once. Make sure that you monitor your well being and recognize when things are becoming too much. You do not have to make all of your decisions at once, and it is okay to take a break from planning. Schedule out times to talk about the wedding with your partner, so that the conversation does not take over your entire day. Setting boundaries can help you separate out time when you are both in a good place to discuss it.
Self-love is just as important as loving another person, so try out these tips and see how they change your life!