Tried-And-Tested Techniques To Control Even The WORST Pre-Wedding Jitters*


*This is a collaborative post*

It is perfectly normal to feel a slight sense of trepidation before your big day. Unless you're some sort of love guru, having a knot in your stomach is par for the course. 

Having said that, pre-wedding jitters are still unpleasant. You want to enjoy your big day. You don't want to it marred by incessant feelings of anxiety. 

The good news is that people have been dealing with these problems for a long time. And in that time, they've come up with some strategies that *should* help.

Check them out for yourself. 

Go For A Walk

Sitting around in the bridal suite waiting for the big moment to arrive can be a nerve-wracking experience. It's like waiting to go into an exam hall - but worse!

When you feel like this, the best thing to do is get your blood pumping. Physical activity changes your brain's priorities. You switch from feeling tense and restless to activity mode. It can help clear your head and generally make you feel a lot better about what's happening. 

Nail Your Dress

A lot of brides feel nervous about their choice of dress the night before the ceremony. That's normal. You can spend weeks looking at romantic wedding dress ideas, but still feel uneasy beforehand. 

Ideally, you want to nip this thought in the bud as early as you can. Your best bet is to get a dress tailored to your figure in a style you love. You also want something that makes you feel comfortable, even if that means choosing something a little more conservative. 

Try A Herbal Remedy

When it comes to controlling jitters, you don't have to go raiding your pill box for Calms immediately. Nature also offers a host of herbal anxiety remedies, and they're beneficial. 

Ashwagandha is perhaps the most potent of all of them. This ground-up root powder targets the fear centers of the brain and returns them to normal, helping you to short circuit your natural fear response. 

If anxiety is your problem, lavender can help. You can either eat the stuff (so long as it is food grade) or sniff essential oils.

Finally, you can also try cumin. The Moroccan spice has potent anti-inflammatory and pain-killing effect. 

Go For Yoga In The Morning

It might sound like a cliche, but going for a yoga session can make an enormous difference in your wellbeing. 

Experts aren't sure why yoga is so effective. Part of it probably has to do with the meditative nature of the activity. Yoga forces you to focus on the movement, taking your mind off other things. Thus, it can help put you in a different frame of mind that lets you enjoy the big day with the person you love. 

Have A Drink (Everyone’s Favorite)

In general, using drink to deal with your troubles is a bad idea. But when it comes to once-in-a-lifetime events, like a wedding, you can get away with it. A quick shot the night before can be all you need to help you sleep. A glass of prosecco in the morning can calm the jitters. 

Have A Confidante

Getting married is a big decision. You're not just proclaiming your love for somebody; you're also making a promise to stick with them for the rest of your life. Worse still, there's a large crowd of friends and family bearing witness to all these events. It's scary. 

For that reason, many brides choose to include a confidante in their bridal party. This person is the one you go to whenever you're feeling slightly anxious or nervous about what's happening. They're there to coach you through proceedings, giving you the confidence you need to shine at the altar. 

Have A Light Meal To Settle Your Stomach

Some brides can get so nervous before the big day that they forget to eat. And, sometimes, that can make their nerves worse. Not good!

You might have heard the term "nervous energy." It is a real thing. When you're worried about something, you actually burn more calories. It's a primal defense. 

Even if you don't feel like eating, having a light meal can help a lot. If you get too hungry, your body will get worked up, and your stomach will start to gurgle. For this reason, it is a good idea to have a small breakfast before the ceremony, just to keep you going. It doesn't have to be a Full English. Just a bit of dry toast and raspberry jam will do the trick. 

*Contributed by Sam Jones. *Photo source Pixabay - CC0 License

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