Your wedding day is supposed to be one of the most magical experiences of your life. You may have dreamed of that perfect sandy beach wedding or elaborate cathedral ceremony. But despite the magic, the days leading up to that day of wedding bliss can be stressful.
Planning a wedding, lavish or intimate, takes hours and hours of work. Brides with the most trusted wedding planners and maids of honor still find themselves stressed out. Decisions regarding the final size of the bridal bouquet and the appropriate shade of peach for the flower girl’s dress often still fall under the power of the bride.
The pressure to have everything just right for this memorable event can become overwhelming, and many brides may feel ashamed to admit that their anxiety, anger, or moodiness are due to being overwhelmed and scared. The fear of something going wrong weighs on the shoulders of many brides and their grooms.
A Real Life Example of Wedding Stress
Some brides even resort to sleeping pill abuse to catch up on much-needed sleep. Lack of rest from stress and unbalanced biorhythms can cause some brides to go the extreme. There are true-life examples of what happens when brides become stressed to the limit:
Ashlee McCarthy was an administrative assistant for a start-up tech company. Her workload was especially heavy leading up her big day to become Mrs. Bradford. Instead of asking for time off to plan her wedding, she decided that she could handle the long hours and projects.
McCarthy was a go-getter who enjoyed being a hands-on type of person. This was no different when it came to her wedding plans. Her maid of honor and wedding planner insisted that she relax. But she wanted to be a part of everything at work and her personal dream wedding. The long hours became too much for Ashlee. Caffeine became her best friend and worst enemy. Caffeinated drinks were able to keep her going during the days and evenings she spent working and planning. But when it was time to rest, McCarthy was too amped up to sleep. Stressful work and personal events lead to Ashlee’s sleeping pill abuse.
Signs To Watch Out For
A bride should be able to enjoy her wedding in grace and elegance. Stress can make a person drained internally and externally. Prolonged mental tension creates a toxic environment and can contribute to other issues such as depressed moods, carelessness, chronic fatigue, and even heart issues. If you are feeling overwhelmed, tell a close friend or relative. They would be eager to help out when you are feeling stressed and overwhelmed. Withdrawing from loved ones and engaging in unhealthy habits like sleeping pill abuse will only make your stress worse.
Check out these ways NOT to cope with stress provided by Helpguide.org:
- Using pills or other drugs to relax (including sleeping pills that can cause addiction)
- Drinking too much alcohol
- Withdrawing from friends, family, and activities
- Binge eating junk or comfort food
- Zoning out for hours looking at your phone
- Filling up every minute of the day to avoid facing problems
- Taking out your stress on others
As you can see, staying positive, staying on task, and most importantly, enlisting the help of others can help prevent your big day from turning into a big hassle.
Are you stressing about your wedding planning?
Are you already married and have methods to overcome the stress that can help brides-to-be?
Either way, sound off in the comments below!