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March 2023

Avoid Wedding Planning Burnout with these 8 Simple Self-Care Practices

Feeling burnt out from all the wedding planning and prep work? You need to prioritise self care.

Wedding planning can be exciting, but it can also be very stressful. Many aspects of wedding planning can consume your time and energy, and make you feel burnt out and overwhelmed. From worrying about the budgeting to negotiating the guest list with both sides of the family, to juggling wedding planning tasks with your busy work schedules, it can all start to feel like it’s all too much.

You might underestimate the toll it takes on your mind and body when you have to plan a big event like your wedding, and neglect to prioritise self-care. Taking care of your mental, physical, and emotional health is an important task that shouldn’t take a backseat to wedding planning, or life, for that matter. Here are some ways you can practise self-care during wedding planning.

1. Move Your Body

Exercise is one of the best ways to relieve stress and clear your mind. Even if you’re not a yogi or avid cyclist, make it a point to get your body moving and your heart rate pumping one to three times a week. Whether it’s a spin class, yoga, or a solo jog, you’ll feel refreshed and energised.

Physical activity helps to lower the stress hormone cortisol to release the tension in your body. It also triggers the release of mood-enhancing endorphins, and even improves cognitive functions such as memory and decision-making, so you’ll be more efficient at ticking off those wedding planning tasks!

Valerie and Wei Zhong’s Sunrise Yoga Shoot at Upper Peirce Reservoir and Singapore Botanic Gardens by Senica Photos

2. Get Enough Sleep

It can be tempting to work late into the night to get more wedding tasks done, but clocking enough sleep is crucial for your physical and mental well-being. Lack of sleep can contribute to irritability, anxiety, and depression. Adequate sleep will help regulate the hormones that control appetite, metabolism, and stress response too. Lack of sleep can disrupt the balance of these hormones, leading to weight gain, increased stress, and other health issues.

Too little sleep can also weaken your immune system and make it harder to fight off infections–not something you want during the wedding prep time crunch. Stay in the game by setting a regular sleep schedule and stick to it as much as possible. You’ll wake up refreshed and ready to tackle your wedding planning tasks.

3. Eat Well

You may have embarked on a diet the moment you got engaged, but remember that your diet shouldn’t only be about looking good in your wedding dress. Eating well will help you feel more energised and alert for wedding planning, as your body has the necessary fuel to function properly. A healthy diet can also improve your mental health. Try to incorporate plenty of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, healthy fats, and lean protein into your diet to provide important nutrients and vitamins. Limit your intake of processed foods that are high in sugar, salt, and unhealthy fats, and drink plenty of water instead of sugary drinks, to keep your body hydrated.

4. Pamper Yourself

When it all gets to be too much, indulge in some self-love with a pampering session like a spa day with your girlfriends, or even a quick pick-me-up manicure where you get to sit and relax.

Signature Asian Blend Massage at Chi, The SpaAll The Best Traditional Healing Techniques in One Massage at Chi, The Spa

5. Do Something You Enjoy

Whether you’re an avid reader or you love to cook, allow yourself some time to do something that you enjoy. Don’t spend every waking minute thinking about the wedding. Let yourself take a break and indulge in a hobby, lose yourself in a good book for a couple of hours, or go for that tufting workshop you’ve always wanted to try.

6. Create a Peaceful Environment

Our environments can affect our moods, and a cluttered space can trigger feelings of stress and anxiety. If you find yourself feeling agitated and unable to focus, try decluttering your room or even just your workspace before sitting down with that wedding planning notebook or laptop. Light a scented candle and brew a cup of tea to create a sense of calm before you get to work.

Patricia and Martijn’s Island Luxe Wedding in Khayangan Estate, Bali by Terralogical

7. Stay Connected

When you’re busy with the million and one wedding planning tasks–researching vendor costs and going for gown fittings and venue viewings–your relationships can take a backseat. Don’t isolate yourself during the wedding preparation process, and don’t limit your interactions with your friends to the bridesmaid or decor WhatsApp groups. Reach out to family and friends for emotional support when you need a listening ear. They love you and are more than willing to be your support system during this time

8. Practise Gratitude

Keep the dark thoughts away by practising gratitude regularly. You don’t have to wait for the feeling of contentment; rather, make it an intentional and mindful habit by keeping a gratitude journal, or taking a few minutes each day to list down five things you’re grateful for. Focusing on the good things in your life can help you to put your stresses in perspective and cultivate a more positive outlook.

The average wedding is planned over a year. It’s a long and arduous period, and there will be some days when you feel overwhelmed. By taking steps to manage stress and prioritise self-care, you can ensure that overall, you enjoy the wedding planning process and create a beautiful and memorable day for yourself and your loved ones.

Feature image from Phyllis and Leslie’s Lush, Light-Filled Wedding at PARKROYAL COLLECTION Pickering by Kai Picture

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Avoid Wedding Planning Burnout with these 8 Simple Self-Care Practices