If you’re feeling a little down, bored or even a bit depressed](http://www.brides.com/story/dealing-with-post-wedding-depression) in the days following your honeymoon, don't worry — you’re not alone. In fact, it’s quite normal for the new Mrs. to feel a bit let down or sad after they’ve said "I do," and not for anything having to do with their new marriage. To spend months, sometimes even years wedding planning, only to have it all be over in the span of one day, can be a harsh reality check. Here are some of our tips to beat the post-wedding “bridal blues.” (Yes, they’re a real thing!)
Sometimes, the best way to deal with something is to do all you can to prevent it from happening in the first place! By really savoring and enjoying wedding planning, avoiding stress and distraction wherever possible, taking multiple times throughout your wedding day to soak it all in, and setting realistic expectations for life after your big day, you might not have to deal with the dreaded bridal blues at all!
Talk It Out
Chances are, you’re not the only one in your circle feeling this way. While you might think your feelings are silly at first since you’ve just celebrated the best and biggest day of your life, they’re not! Acknowledge your feelings and then seek out a trusted friend or family member who has been in a similar situation to talk things through. Not only will you get some feelings off your chest, but you will feel less alone and gain a little perspective, too.
You may feel like all of a sudden you have all this non-wedding-planning time on your hands, like there's a void where something used to be, and you don’t know what to do with yourself. If you're feeling this way, consider picking up a new hobby, volunteering or spending non-wedding related time with your friends and family — anything you can think of that would bring you happiness and also take your mind off things. Before you know it, life will be as busy as it was before you got engaged, and you’ll marvel at how you ever had time for wedding planning in the first place.
Keep It Consistent
If you picked up a new workout routine or nutrition plan for your big day, we strongly recommended that you stick to it! Not only did it help you look and feel your best, it became part of your daily routine, and suddenly dropping those healthy habits will definitely affect you after the wedding. In addition to exercise being a natural mood-booster (hello, endorphins!), stopping a fitness and diet regiment abruptly can have some not-so-great consequences (think weight gain, skin changes, low energy, mood changes, etc.). You’ll want to do all you can to stay positive.
It’s only natural to check out the photos shared on social media from the weddings of friends and family members whenever it's their turn to get married. If you deiced to jump down the rabbit hole that is other people’s wedding albums, do so in the right mindset. If you find yourself comparing, regretting or over-thinking — stop it right then.
Remember that your big day was special, unique and beautiful, just like everyone else’s wedding day is the same to them. Also, keep in mind that social media is the one place where people can control what they share, and it’s only natural they decide to share the best moments of their experiences. Dress envy, bridesmaid dress comparison, second-guessing your venue and any other negative thoughts you may have will only cloud your mind and take your focus off your own special memories. For all you know, maybe those were feeling the same way when they looked at your photos, too.