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Ways to Be More Mindful While Wedding Planning

So how can you plan your wedding without feeling like it's taking over your entire life? Practicing mindfulness-a concerted effort to be more aware of how your thoughts, actions and emotions affect you as they're happening-is a smart way to focus on the right now, not just your wedding date, and even put anxiety at bay.

"The gateway to being more present is through your breath," says Heather Peterson, chief yoga officer at CorePower Yoga, which has studios all across the country.

"If you get better at breathing deeply when life gets tough and staying present rather than worrying about the future, regretting the past, or thinking about your to-do list, it's going to make a real impact." Ready to get started? Here are seven ways to be more mindful as you plan your wedding.

We get it: Wedding planning can feel like a full-time job, but it doesn't need to become all-consuming.

Keep track of to-dos with The Knot All-In-One Wedding Planner App; it features an interactive checklist and message inbox, so you can talk with your vendors without a constant flood of wedding emails in your personal account.

"If you have conscious, focused breathing while doing hard things with the physical body, your mind will become more present," Peterson says.

If you have trouble making decisions, Peterson suggests asking yourself yoga-esque questions like: "Does this feel right for me? Do I feel good about these decisions?" Instead of obsessively scouring Pinterest for more DIY ideas or second-guessing your wedding dress choice, practicing mindfulness in this way can calm your mind.

When frustrations pop up during wedding planning, they can make you forget the small victories and happy moments.

If your mother-in-law's dress doesn't match the rest of the wedding party, or the caterer serves an hors d'oeuvre that's not your favorite, it won't make a noticeable impact on your day.

Repeat after us: Your wedding day isn't the end, it's the beginning; it's one day that symbolizes the official start to your life together.

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