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Wedding Stress: Tips for Reducing Stress and for Kicking the Bridal Blues

Cool it, fire-breathing bridezillas! See our Guru’s tips if wedding stress has got you beat

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Dear Valley bride: It’d be my pleasure to help you eliminate some of the stress in your wedding planning and get you back to enjoying it!

First, stop. Breathe. Think. Ask yourself, Is it worth getting upset over this particular issue? Keep in mind that not everything needs a reaction (or, at least, an immediate action). Give yourself the time to figure out what to do. And since defensiveness breeds defensiveness, try not to be defensive about your reaction. A cool, calm, and deliberate response is more likely to get the results you want than if you respond in an angry way.

Here’s another way to relieve stress. A therapist-friend of mine told me about a handy trick she advises to some of her clients. Put a rubber band on your wrist; whenever you begin to feel anxious, if unpleasant thoughts pop into your head, or things just don’t go right for the moment, snap the band. That helps to bring you back to the moment. It may sound silly, but it works.

Another good stress reliever? Exercise. Whether you it’s at the gym, at home, or outside, just get moving. A workout brings out endorphins, which helps make you feel better. Of course, you’ll also maintain your trim figure for that gorgeous wedding gown later on!

Readers, do you have any other suggestions? What works for you, wedding jitters or not?

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Tying the knot shouldn't put knots in your stomach, so whether you're the blushing bride, hubby-to-be, or even a wedding guest, The Wedding Guru Judy Lewis can answer all of your wedding-related questions.

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