Todays Blog is a guest publication from Mary Lee.
Mary Lee is a researcher for the sleep science hub Tuck.com. She specialises in sleep's role in mental and physical health and wellness. Mary lives in Olympia, Washington and shares her full-sized bed with a very noisy cat.
Stress is incredibly common when you’re planning a wedding, which makes it difficult to get a good night’s sleep on a regular basis.
One of the best ways to deal with pre-wedding stress and jitters is to spend time with your partner. Remember, you’re marrying this person for a reason! Here are a few ideas for some stress-relieving activities you can do with your soon-to-be spouse!
I know what you’re thinking. Who wants to do exercise? You’re already stressed enough! However, light exercise and fresh air helps to tire you out and release the endorphins that make exercise worth it without getting your heart rate and your adrenaline racing.
It will also help to keep you trim while you are trying all of the cakes and foods that are to be served at your wedding.
If you find yourself struggling to stay in the moment during the wedding planning process, it might be worth trying to meditate. Meditation can help you clear your mind of everything that’s stressing you out and focus on yourself and your partner.
Discussions about Stressors
If there is something about wedding planning that is really stressing you out, talk to your partner about it. They are going to be your partner for the rest of your life, so start your marriage the way you intend to carry it out - by talking about everything. You never know. They might have the solution for exactly your problem.
For those problems that come up between you and your partner, think about talking to a marriage counselor or a friend to settle the disagreement. It’s better to get these disagreements out of the way early rather than let them stew until they become significantly larger problems in your marriage.
A great way to spend time with each other is to find a new hobby that both of you enjoy. Hobbies are great to make you feel like you’ve accomplished something and you have fun while you are doing it. This will help you to destress and have something to show for it afterwards.
If you don’t have a hobby that you both enjoy together, try baking or cooking. Even if you don’t enjoy it, you will have something (hopefully) tasty to eat and laugh about at the end of the day.
If physical intimacy is your thing, it can be extremely helpful for helping you get to sleep. It’s a strenuous form of exercise that results in tons of endorphins and makes you feel closer to your partner. It also makes you feel very tired, which is helpful. If physical intimacy isn’t your thing, snuggling up with your partner can be helpful, too.
If you find that you are too stressed to sleep for longer than a week, talk to your doctor, as there may be an underlying cause for your sleeplessness.