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There’s no stress like wedding planning stress, and add in a worldwide pandemic to throw a wrench or two in your plans? Yeah, that can make a joyous season a whole lot tougher. Dealing with bridal stress can feel overwhelming, lonely, misunderstood and frustrating. It’s incredibly important for those in the midst of wedding planning to prioritize mental health and set aside time to do things that make you feel good! It’s no secret that physical health and fitness directly correlates with mental health and a more positive mental state – we’ve got a few fun ways for you to tackle both at once! Keep the bridal stress at bay, clear your mind and get your heart rate up by engaging in some of these stress-reducing activities.

Pump It Up with Friends

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Try a high-intensity workout with friends. There’s strength in numbers – especially when you’re pumping it up with your pals! We love a good barre class to leave us feeling sore and renewed in the best way, but the options are endless! Grab a friend and sweat it out together try a new class in an encouraging, supportive environment!

Explore your town in a new way. Get outside and get moving! Rollerblade, scooter, skateboard, hike or just take a long walk! Take advantage of Austin’s incredible trails! Challenge yourself to outside for some fresh air and move your body just two or three times a week to start, and see how your mood can change.

Turn Off the Noise

Watch your screen time. As you’re scrolling Instagram, Pinterest and the ‘net for inspiration galore, make sure you’re setting healthy screen time boundaries, too. It’s easier than we realize to get sucked into unhealthy phone habits. Try the Moment app to help reduce mindless scrolling and get up and move your body, instead!

Try a yoga or pilates class. A quiet, low-impact workout is the perfect way to find your zen zone, clear your mind and work your body at the same time. You’ll focus focus on lengthening and strengthening your muscles while emphasizing controlled breathing, too. Relieve stress and boost your confidence? That’s a win-win!

Prepare for your “me time.” Scheduling out time for your mediations or workouts is a MUST. You will be less likely to watch just one more episode of Queer Eye when you’ve allotted this time for yourself already. Write it in your calendar if that’s helpful and schedule it directly before or after work or right before bed so it’s less invasive to your free time. Be prepared for your workout by investing in gear you enjoy using – shop our Amazon faves here – and if you’re anything like us, you’ll be way more inclined to get to the mat.

Find a Cheerleader

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Work with a nutrition coach. If bridal stress has you shoveling anything and everything into your grocery cart or developing unhealthy habits with food, you’re not alone. No matter your current size or your goal size, working with someone who’s qualified to develop an eating plan tailored to YOU can reduce stress and set you up for success long after the wedding day is over.

See the difference a personal trainer can make. There’s no better time to invest in a personal trainer – someone who will really understand your needs and what works best for you and can tap into that inner confidence to help you feel your fiercest!


We hope these ideas can help you on your way to keeping bridal stress at bay. Remember, it’s normal to feel extra stressed during this season of life, but if you’re feeling too overwhelmed or not like yourself, it’s more than okay to ask for help! No matter what you need before the big day, our trusted local wedding vendors are ready to help. You got this!

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