Posted September 8, 2012 | Leave a Comment
Hello, loves! It’s Emma here, and this weekend we’re opting for something a little different. While planning your wedding (or working, writing, etc.), sometimes you may find yourself stuck. Uninspired. Burnt out. Overwhelmed. Stressed. Planning your wedding shouldn’t exemplify any of these qualities, but overplaying the wedding game can leave you feeling any of the above. As with all activities, you need to take a moment and give yourself time to refocus your energy. Today, we’re here to help with five surefire steps on how to get out of a slump. If you follow these five steps, you WILL get out of it – and maybe even feel more energized afterward. Read on to get the full list, bring back your joy, and get re-inspired, re-focused, and re-invigorated to plan the wedding of your dreams… starting today!
How to Get Out of a Slump
Feel stuck? GET MOVING! Anytime I feel uninspired and require a jolt of endorphins, I go for a walk. Run. Lift. Exercise. Zumba. Exercise frees your mind and gets the blood circulating. You’ll never hear anyone say, “I regret working out today.” You ALWAYS feel good. Try it, it works.
2. Surround yourself with fresh inspiration.
Step back: what’s dragging you down? Do you feel inspired in your space? Is your home or office filled with clutter? They say a cluttered space equals a cluttered mind. Get rid of things cluttering your life and surround yourself with the things you love. You may find yourself instantly re-inspired. Another thing that always helps me get inspired is to visit a new place or try a new activity. Walking through a Hobby Lobby, for instance, with a goal of finding a new project instantly gives me a fresh, creative mindset. Sometimes you just have to get out of your zone and grab hold of inspiration from a new place.
3. Go on an adventure.
First, identify what slump you’re in. If it’s planning your wedding, single out an area that is driving you crazy – like finding the perfect dress. Then, decide to step away from that area for at least a day – maybe even a week. if it’s wedding planning as a whole, shut off the computer, put away the bridal magazines, stop thinking about wedding-related things, and grab your honey’s hand, see a movie, or get away for the weekend. Take a bike ride. Visit a local hot spot in town. Rent a (non-wedding themed) movie. Even a night off from the thing that’s stressing you out will do a WORLD of good… and you’ll return with a fresh mindset.
4. Ask for help.
If you’re feeling overwhelmed, sometimes your body reacts by totally shutting off your inspiration zone. For instance, you may be caught in a wedding planning slump because you’re tackling too many tasks yourself. The secret to relieving some of this stress is to ask for help. Ask your honey to specialize in a particular area (like food, cake, or wedding music). Make a list of your other to-dos to tackle and bring in a crew to help: consider your maid of honor, bridesmaids, parents, friends, family, etc. No one is expected to plan an entire wedding alone and your loved ones will be more than happy to keep the bride happy!
5. Make a list.
Maybe you’re caught in a wedding planning slump because you’ve lost focus. Make a list with reasons why you’re planning your wedding, what you envision, and how you plan to make it happen. Add bullet points for the important tasks, highlight the ones that are most important, and add dates next to tasks to complete on time. You’ll feel like you have a fresh new plan… and you’ll get that killer accomplished feeling when you get to cross off those to-dos on your list.
Take a cue from one of my newest favorite shows (I know, way to finally jump on the bandwagon, Emma!): How I Met Your Mother. Just ask yourself, What Would Barney Stinson Do?
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If you have any to add to the list, need to vent, or feel stuck in a wedding planning slump, comment below!
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