by Kacey Bradley May 21, 2020 3 min read

Brides love to catch up with friends and family about their wedding planning. You might talk about the recent invitations you ordered or venues you toured, but mentioning your nerves can be seen as a bad thing. After all, you've heard of a blushing bride, but never a nervous one.

Pre-wedding jitters are more common than you might think. As the date gets closer, you could wonder if you've picked the right person, if you're ready to commit. This experience happens with everyone, even if you're madly in love. Still, the nervous questions can put a damper on your planning experience.

Check out these seven ways to beat pre-wedding anxiety so that you can get back to enjoying every moment of being a bride. You might even pick up new healthy habits and routines you'll carry into your married life.

1. Talk Things Out

It's one thing to feel nervous, it's another to feel pressured not to say anything about it. Staying silent makes your fearful thoughts sound louder and more menacing, so talk things out with your fiancé or a friend.

You'll feel better just for saying everything out loud. Your loved one may offer advice or simply listen, but either way, you'll experience relief because you let go of the thoughts racing around your mind.

2. Try New Self Care Habits

Anxiety often relates to your stress, so try new self-care habits designed to beat it. Start journaling every day to record your thoughts and feelings. Go to bed earlier and get eight hours of sleep every night. You'll feel better and can use these habits well into your married life.

3. Learn to Meditate

Meditation is a great way to handle stress and unease, so learn how to practice it for more clarity and happiness in your life. Find a comfortable spot where you can sit in silence and relax. Let your mind wander, take a deep breath and let it roam again. 

4. Start a Healthier Diet

Studies show that healthy eating decreases stress and anxiety if it's a long-term routine. Think about what you eat and establish a healthy diet so that you get all the nutrition your body needs.

5. Enjoy a Spa Treatment

When you get a free afternoon, enjoy a spa day and let professionals soothe your worries with proven treatments. You can tailor your trip with treatments you'd enjoy, like a body mask or facial.

6. Learn a New Exercise

While exercising eases stress, don't feel like you need to join a gym. Learn a new at-home exercise or jog around your neighborhood to experience increased endorphins that make you feel immediately at ease.

7. Accept Your Feelings

It's natural to be hard on yourself, especially when you're experiencing something embarrassing or uncomfortable. A simple way to overcome your anxious thoughts is to accept the way you feel. Avoiding judgment and letting go of your worries will help you through this emotionally charged time.

Go Easy on Yourself — Before and After the Wedding

As you try different methods to defeat your pre-wedding anxiety, go easy on yourself. This experience is an opportunity to learn about your mental and personal well-being. With time, you'll find solutions that help you feel better — both before and after the big day.