Stressed To The Max

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ache-19005_640I consider myself the type of person who handles stress very well. I am insanely organized, detailed and the type-A personality type who always needs to be in control, because I don’t trust that anyone else can do the job better than me. Yes, this would make for the perfect Bridezilla.

I am getting married in less than one month, but I have been surprisingly and concerningly calm. I have had my wedding planned since I was 14 and it’s all laid out in a giant binder that is about to burst.

Any last-minute detail has been taken care of on my end: dress fittings, favors, bridal party gifts, you name it. It’s the buying a house and trying to close while making sure everything is perfect and dealing with last-minute suggestions from others that is driving me mad and stressing me out. Not sure if I’ll have the time to actually try any of these out, but here is a list of some proven ways to de-stress and get past the feeling of utter chaos and hopelessness:

1. Hydrate: Water is the best cure for any and everything. You should be drinking eight 8 oz. glasses of water everyday. When you do, you’ll have more energy and your skin will be clearer.

2. Pamper yourself: Get a massage, a manicure/pedicure, indulge in something sweet or treat yourself to a mini-shopping spree. Whatever works so you can focus on yourself.

3. Stop the clock: Take an hour and go for a walk, read, watch a movie or do something to take your mind off life and escape reality for a while.

4. Take a nap: Sometimes you just need to recharge your batteries and you’ll probably be less cranky if you get some extra sleep.

5. Communicate: Talk to your family and friends about what’s stressing you out. It’s ok to vent to them, that’s kind of what they are there for.

—Jennifer Fauci

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Jennifer Fauci is the managing editor of Long Island Weekly, Boulevard and Anton Media Group’s local magazines. Her passion for literature, travel and the arts lend to the unique content in her publications. In her time at Anton, she has received first place in the Folio Awards, second place for the NYPA awards and is the recipient of three PCLI awards.

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