It is a mere week to go till D-Day and my anxiety and super-controlling-ness has begun to peak. I need to eat constantly, I need to sleep constantly, I am strung out and barely lucid, but my brain is whizzing around like a rollercoaster trying to remember EVERYTHING that is and isn’t important on the planet.
Apparently EVERY bride goes through this… I feel like a mental person…. I cannot wait till the night before after everything is in its place and I can rest and then enjoy the day.
In the mean time, here are the top 5 things I do to calm down and chill out
I am cursed/blessed with a naturally high metabolism and genetically low blood pressure. This sounds a winning combination, but it means that if I don’t eat every few hours I crash out and become a horrid pale wreck of a person, who can’t actually function. This combo also gives me a fabulous excuse for devouring packets of Dolly Mixtures in one fell swoop and not giving two hoots. I have tried to eat healthily to aid my skin over the past few months, but as of last week I threw in the towel and started baking. Massive batches of cake is all that seems to soothe me in this madness at the moment and hey… stuff it… CAKE GOOD.
2 – Make a list
I am an avid lister. It helps me get it all out of my brain and to sort out the mess of ideas and plans into something more tangible. I currently have a to-do list for each day on the run up to the wedding to ensure that I space out tasks and don’t go into meltdown. I also have a list of jobs for folks to do at the reception so I don’t freak out when I get asked ‘what can I do’ when we are setting up the night before and I also have a list running of things not to forget to pack into the car. These, of course, are on top of my usual day-to-day ‘I’m a completly crazy person’ lists.
3 – Get distracted
Watch a TV show. Read a book. See friends. Bugger off to the woods with a dog. Cook. Eat. Do something other than what is freaking you out. My favourite thing to do to distract myself is to potter round the garden, followed by reading cookbooks for fun.
4 – Have a shower
Go and wash you filthy creature. The bathroom is a sanctuary….it is normally the only room in the house with a lock on the door. Just lather up and wash all the tension away….safe in the knowledge you have locked it all out…out there…on the landing.
5 – Go to bed
Sometimes there is nothing to do but sling on your jammies and crawl under the duvet and let yourself relax. Lavender by your bedside is good for this. I personally put a pre 2000 Bond film on….I never even make it to the swirly ladies…
What do you do to chill out?
PS: For the next 2 weeks after this, I am on wedding leave! We get hitched next Saturday but I have scheduled some lovely posts from myself and few blogger friends to keep you entertained whilst I am off getting hitched and adjusting to being a Missus!