Post Wedding Blues: The Truth About Depression After Your Big Day
The process of planning a wedding can slowly take over your life. So it’s unsurprising that some brides and grooms experience a post-wedding comedown. by challenging our expectations and validating our feelings, we might be able to prevent or minimise the effects of post-wedding depression.
Post-wedding depression: is it normal? Is it real?
Post-wedding depression is common, and it is very real. In one 2018 study of 152 women, 12 per cent reported depression after their wedding. Another 2016 study found that nearly half of its participants were left feeling let down or depressed after the ceremony had ended. It can occur anytime, from straight after the wedding to after the honeymoon.
What are the triggers?
The triggers depend on various factors. There are plenty of reasons why a person might become depressed after their wedding day. We’ll delve into them below and give you tips to mitigate and manage post-wedding depression.
Does it happen to Brides and Grooms?
It’s not all bridal blues. Grooms suffer from post-wedding blues too. “I was so depressed, I honestly didn’t know what to do,” Brian Lambert recalled to the Washington Post. “We had no appointments with vendors, no centerpieces to put together, nothing to try and design. I found myself going to the office on the weekends more to try and keep myself busy … Our apartment is now a zoo as I kept bringing creatures back; now, I have 12 different fish tanks set up.” Uh oh!
Can it start pre-wedding?
Yep! The stress and pressure caused by wedding planning can lead to excited brides and grooms feeling so overwhelmed that they even become bed-ridden. Delegating tasks where you can, allowing room for things to go wrong, and giving yourself plenty of time to plan may help ease the pressure a little.
What can you do to prevent it? Read more at the link above from New Idea.