With seven months of wedding planning remaining, there are many decisions still left for Brian and I to make. I check one task off my list, and it seems like I add two more!

These challenges come with not only a financial price, as I frequently find my stress level rising.

Although I often hear people saying, “wedding planning shouldn’t be stressful” and that, “this should be the happiest time of your life,” I feel differently. Every person finds different situations stressful. I personally find party planning stressful; though my detail-oriented personality keeps me invested and involved.

I admit I haven’t had the same excitement and passion for wedding planning as what is often expected and is seen in movies and on TV. However, I am passionate about my relationship with Brian and I am excited to see how all of our planning and time pay off on our special day.

In my work as a professional counselor, I emphasize the importance of self-care and managing stress in order to feel well.

I thought it would be helpful to share some tips with fellow Buffalo Brides and readers for practicing self-care and if you’re feeling like me, cope with the demands of planning stress.

  • Find time for yourself each day doing something you enjoy. Whether that’s reading, working out, yoga, journaling, walking, etc., allow yourself time to focus on you.
  • In moments of stress, deep breathing exercises can help to calm down and provide a clearer mind to focus.
  • Practice gratitude by thinking of or writing down three things you are thankful for each day. They can be simple and they help to recognize the little things that make life special.
  • Keep in mind the real reason for planning. Weddings honor beautiful, loving relationships and are a celebration for the couple with their closest family and friends!