December 14, 2018
Written from the desk of Tuck:
Stress is a natural part of life and should be expected when you’re preparing for a wedding. However, wedding stress can lead to sleeplessness, which can put your stress levels over the top. You can start to develop healthy stress management techniques before your ‘I do’s’. Those same techniques can help you catch up on your rest and relaxation once you hit your honeymoon too.
Watch Out for Stress and Sleep Deprivation
We’ve all done it—laid awake tossing and turning while worrying about a big event. As one of the most important events of your life, some amount of sleep loss is to be expected around your wedding. However, sleep deprivation and stress can feed one another until you’re physically, mentally, and emotionally out of balance.
Without at least seven hours of sleep, the brain’s emotional processing center goes into overdrive, especially when it experiences negative thoughts and feelings. At the same time, the brain’s center of logic and reason reduces it’s influence, leaving you even more susceptible to chaotic emotions. But you don’t have to be held hostage to emotional fluctuations.
Make Time to De-Stress
Some wedding stress is unavoidable. However, you can take the time to manage stress on a daily basis to keep it from overtaking your life (and disrupting your sleep). Some of our favorite techniques include:
Journaling: When it comes to stress relief, journaling is simple yet effective. A journal provides a place to leave your concerns and worries for the night. You might also want to use it to create the next day’s to-do list or as a gratitude journal so you can focus on the positive.
Meditation: Mindfulness meditation, in particular, has been shown to cause a relaxation response, wherein the heart rate and blood pressure decrease. Long-term practitioners even show a strengthened connection between the brain’s emotion and logic centers, which is exactly what you want in preparation for your wedding.
Exercise Regularly: Exercise can reduce some of the symptoms of insomnia. In the meantime, it improves your cardiovascular and muscular health. If exercise isn’t your cup of tea, it doesn’t have to be vigorous just consistent enough to reduce your stress.
Use Your Honeymoon for Rest and Relaxation
Your honeymoon is the gold at the end of the rainbow. Wedding stress will finally be gone and you get to spend alone time with your favorite person. Depending on your honeymoon destination, you might need to do a little prep to make sure it’s as relaxing as it should be. We suggest:
Anticipating Jet Lag: If you’ll be traveling through more than three or four time zones, jet lag will be an issue. Prepare beforehand by moving your bedtime closer to that of your honeymoon destination in 15 to 30-minute increments. Do the same with your meals as meal timing can influence your sleep cycle too.
Napping Sparingly: Naps are good. They can reverse the effects of sleep deprivation, but they should be used sparingly. Anything over 60 minutes could interfere with your nightly sleep schedule so try to keep it to 15 to 30 minutes.
Heading Outside: How can going outside help you get some extra rest? Exposure to natural light helps your body adjust the release of sleep hormones to match that of the local time zone. Outside time can be relaxing too. Hit the beach, take a riverside walk, or simply sit outside in the sunshine.
Be Prepared: Make sure that if you need any medicinal or mechanical sleep aids, like melatonin or a CPAP machine, make sure you’ve got it packed and ready to go.
Keeping stress in check will help you to enjoy your pre-wedding time so you’re ready to start your new life together off right. Come honeymoon time, you’re ready to catch up on a little rest and relaxation.