*Make Time for Self Care
86% of couples said pre-planning stress caused them to experience physical symptoms like breakouts, reduced sex drive, headaches, and changes in appetite—even hair loss! So while it may seem counterintuitive when you have so much to do, stepping away for something restorative, like a manicure, yoga class, or a Netflix binge, is critical for your overall well-being.
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For example, allot two hours in the evening, three nights a week, for wedding-related tasks. The other nights, do something you enjoy; 61% of the Zola respondents chose to listen to music, 27% opted to hit the gym or get a massage, and 12% found stress relief in a yoga class.
When your iPhone is lighting up endlessly with text messages from your vendors, it can be tempting to throw the thing out the car window. But that little device can be a lifeline to some peace of mind. “When you get stressed and you get into that ‘fight or flight’ reaction, your heart rate increases, your blood pressure goes up, you're releasing cortisol and adrenaline into your bloodstream. When you meditate, what you’re doing is the anecdote. You’re releasing oxytocin, serotonin, you’re slowing your heart rate, you're lowering your blood pressure, you’re actually changing your mood. It helps you see things with a lot more clarity.”
*Go on a Date!
According to the Zola survey, 43% of couples say that wedding planning put a strain on their relationship. Respondents said the stressors came from differing opinions on the wedding details (50%!), followed by problems with family and friends, and when their significant other either didn’t help with the planning or didn’t do things on time. Double down on the reasons why you’re marrying this person—it can help you work through any tiffs because he forgot to return the DJ's call.
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