With everything that's happening in the world right now, especially when it comes to wedding planning, I feel brides (and grooms!) need a little bit of help managing their feelings, stress and anxiety.
I'm very excited to say this blog is a little Q&A with Charlotte, who is a qualified CBT therapist and has set up The Bridal Mindset. She is going to give us some advice on how to manage stress and anxiety when it comes to wedding planning!
So let's dive straight in!
What is CBT Therapy?
Lauren: Some couples may be wondering what CBT actually is, can you give us a little insight?
Charlotte: Cognitive behavioural therapy is an approach that looks at how our thoughts and our behaviours impact on how we're feeling. How the things we think or things we do or don't do impacts on our mood and identifying what's maintaining those feelings and moods.
It's a practical form of therapy, working on building skills and learning techniques to help improve how we're feeling and behaving by targeting and challenging those to have a more positive impact on ourselves.
What is the Difference Between Stress & Anxiety?
Lauren: I'm really in to understanding ones mental health and how important is it for your wellbeing but also for people to speak about it more, which leads onto my next question. What is the difference between stress and anxiety and what are the signs?
Charlotte: Stress is an immediate response to a situation that's going on around you, so it could be quite a day to day change, for example different things going on at work, different things happening in our personal life etc but it triggers an immediate response where your body feels a threat within your environment. The good thing about stress is that once the 'stressful' situation has happened the tension and feelings will reduce and you'll start to feel better again.
Anxiety however, is a more persistent set of feelings that can be quite hard to identify with a trigger or what's caused it. It's an underlying bubbling feeling that may or may not ease once the a 'stressful' event has happened and remains there.
Signs and symptoms for stress and anxiety are very similar, it could be that you're feeling tense or shaky, you might feel sick, get a headache or feel hot and sweaty. You may become irritable and snappy towards people around you and even feel as though your thoughts are racing around your head and you can't begin to control them. So it's good to try and be aware what your signs and symptoms are, to be able to manage your stress and anxiety levels.