I've talked about how crazy exciting and busy this month is for me a few times this week and it's gotten me thinking about how crazy busy things get for a lot of you brides, particularly as you get closer to your wedding date. I know for me the couple weeks before my wedding were a wonderful whirlwind. My mom, sister, and brother came out a couple weeks beforehand (from California to Tennessee) to help with all of the final details. The week before the wedding, two of my bridesmaids that live further away both came into town and moved in with me for that last week. (Wouldn't trade that time for the world!) It's was a lovely buzz of happy people and happy conversations and all kinds of last minute DIYs. However, in all of that buzz there was very little time to just chill.
Looking back I could have probably (definitely) gotten more of the DIYs out of the way sooner so that there wasn't as much to do in the last few weeks (which is something I try to help my DIY brides stay on top of as we walk through the planning process!), but sometimes it's easy to underestimate how long a project will actually take you. So, in case you're like me and are needing to find a way to chill without having time to do so, here are some of my favorite suggestions:
A Deep Breath
I actually made a printable for all of you a few days ago that has to do with this! When I start getting overwhelmed one of the first things I do is step back and take a deep breath. It takes a matter of seconds and is incredibly chill-inducing for me.
Drink Something You Enjoy
Right now, I'm a fan of keeping a pitcher of ice tea in the fridge. I make a flavor that I really enjoy and just barely sweeten it because I know I'll be returning to it often to give myself a cool drink of something that both wakes my taste buds up and helps me feel cool and refreshed on these hot summer days. During the winter my go-to is a cup of hot chocolate. (You may want to stay away from alcohol, though, as it can increase stress.)
Close My Eyes to Listen or Think
Now, this only works if I'm not going on a combination of busy and exhausted. If I'm exhausted, this is a guaranteed way to send me right off to dreamland. If not, I'll often close my eyes when I'm thinking through the things I have to do during my day - it removes all of the white noise around me and helps me only concentrate on what I have to get done that day. Alternatively, if the music I'm listening to turns on my favorite song sometimes I will give myself a moment to pause, close my eyes, and just absorb the music for a moment.
Stretching both relives tension and gets your blood flowing, and it's easy to do in a variety of settings. I always feel more refreshed and alter after a little stretch.
Mass Prepare Meals
Often, if I know a week is going to be insane, I'll make enough of one dish at the beginning of the week to last us for all our dinners that week. It make take a bit more prep going into your week, but it saves me a TON of time during the week. Those meals might not be very exciting by the end of the week, but at least we're eating and not running out for fast food.
Count Backward from 10
I find this to be a great "reset" button when my thoughts are whirling out of control. It's a task that I actually have to concentrate on at least a little bit, and it helps calm down my thoughts so my head is clearer when I'm done.
Keep a "For Later" Notebook
Sometimes I use a tangible notebook, sometimes I use my phone, but I find it really helpful during crazy weeks to write down any thoughts that occur to me that don't need to be worried about until the chaos dies down. This way I know I won't forget about them, and I create more space in my brain to worry about the needs at hand.
Find something about the chaos that excites you, something that makes it worth it to you, and hold fast to that. The last thing you need to be doing is focusing on the negative aspects of the chaos.
Go For a Walk
Are you puzzling through how to tackle a project or does one of your bridesmaids want to catch up with you for a few minutes in the midst of your pre-wedding chaos? Don't sit still to do it, go for a walk. Soak in the sun and enjoy the change of scenery.
Eat a Piece of Chocolate
I don't know about you, but Chocolate always makes me feel better.
Cuddle with a Pet
This may be my favorite. If you follow me on instagram, than you know about my fur buddy, Maximus. He can be a little stinker sometimes, but when he wants to cuddle I find him incredibly calming. If you have a pet, I highly recommend that you take a minute or two to love on them (if you don't, borrow one from a willing friend!) I bet you'll feel relaxed afterwards!
What about you? How do you chill when life gets crazy?!