Activities to Do if You’re Feeling too Stressed to Sleep Before Your Wedding
If you’re feeling wedding stress, you’re not alone. Getting married and planning a wedding is a source of stress for many engaged couples.
Planning a wedding is lots of work, with plenty of ups and downs and emotional impacts. And of course, marriage is a commitment and life change.
Signs you’re stressed out from wedding planning include doing errands during your lunch breaks, straining your relationship with your partner, and just not finding wedding planning fun anymore.
Many engaged couples feel so stressed that they often have difficulty sleeping. But it is possible to let go of the wedding stress and get the rest you need to feel your best as you’re planning your wedding.
Stress-Releasing Activities to Do Anytime
Practice yoga. Yoga is an excellent choice for improving your mood and relieving stress. If you practice yoga before bed, you can improve your circulation, lift your mood, and clear your mind for a more restful night.
Talk about stress. Stress isn’t a taboo subject. Talk to your partner, friends, and family about how you’re feeling. Plan a girls’ night when you can go out to blow off steam and talk about stress — it may give you a new perspective on how you’re feeling.
Ask for help. You don’t have to plan your wedding alone. Delegate some of the responsibilities, so you’re not the only one taking care of tasks. Ask friends and family members to pitch in and take on some of the load so you can get a break and get some sleep at night.
Things to Try Early in the Day
Exercise during the day. Exercising can release endorphins and help you feel positive and energized throughout the day. Getting exercise can help you feel tired and ready to go to sleep when it’s bedtime. Just be careful not to exercise too close to bedtime; it can make it more difficult to calm down and get to sleep.
Improve your sleep environment. A healthy sleep environment is important for getting your best sleep at night. Try aromatherapy with lavender to make your bedroom more relaxing and restful. Make sure you’re sleeping on a mattress that supports your preferred sleeping position: sleeping on your back, stomach or sides. Clear away clutter, so you’re not feeling anxious about your surroundings.
Activities to Relax Before Bedtime
- Practice meditation. Before you go to sleep, go through a meditation practice. You can do deep breathing, progressive muscle relaxation, or guided meditation. This practice can help you relax and let go of stressful thoughts so you can drift off to sleep easier.
- Use a journal. It’s easy to let stressful wedding thoughts creep into your mind as you’re trying to go to sleep. You may suddenly remember a task you forgot, or have a great idea you want to implement. But bedtime isn’t the right time for these thoughts. Use a journal where you can write them down and get them off your mind for the night. Then you can take care of them in the morning when you’re well rested.
Wedding planning stress doesn’t have to be a fact of life. Take steps to reduce your stress and get the sleep that you need. Then, you’ll be feeling refreshed and relaxed as you walk down the aisle.
Samantha (Sam) Kent is a researcher for SleepHelp.org. Her favorite writing topic is how getting enough sleep can improve your life. Currently residing in Boise, Idaho, she sleeps in a California King bed, often with a cat on her face.