Q: My wedding is coming up soon and the flu is starting to go around. I’m really worried I’m going to get sick. I’m trying my hardest to stay away from sick people, wash my hands, take vitamins, etc…, but what do I do if I end up being sick on my wedding day?
We are in the cold winter season, so more so than ever, this is a valid question. However, getting sick on your wedding day or before your wedding can happen regardless of the season simply due to the stress of dealing with last minute details, travelling (if you are having a destination wedding), taking care of family and friends and of course, the upcoming nuptials. Not to scare you, but it actually happens quite often to brides. I myself actually got sick 2 days before my wedding, so I know first hand how it can be. So, what can you do about it?
First off, you are doing great about prevention because that is a big part of it. As your mother would tell you, get your rest, drink lots of water, wash your hands, and take Airborne or Emergen-C or any other preventative regimen you like. If you are a believer in the flu shot, get one at least a month or two before your wedding. Full disclosure, I’m not a fan of the flu shot, but I know people who are, so if it’s something that works for you, go for it. Use any preventative measure that works for you normally and keep your stress levels as low as possible. Go for some yoga, meditate, read a book, take a hot bath. If you stress yourself out about getting sick, you may actually make yourself sick.
Doing everything in your power ahead of time is the most you can do, but prevention can sometimes only take you so far. In some cases you just can’t help it and will evitably get sick. So, this is my advice if you end up being sick on your wedding day – take the drugs that make you feel better (but not loopy) and suck it up. Drugs can do wonderous things and can get you pretty far, but I truly believe in mind over matter. You can force your body not to feel the way it usually does when it’s hit with the cold or flu. Remember, this is your wedding day. It’s your day to celebrate, to marry the one you love, don’t let some mucus or congestion get in the way of that. Give yourself a pep talk in the morning before you do anything else and tell yourself that you’re going to be fine. Don’t think about being sick, but instead get excited and happy for what is to come. I’m not saying your body won’t still feel some of it, but if you are in the right frame of mind, it really can affect your mood and your body. This is literally what I did when I was sick on my wedding day and I did feel better. I didn’t even notice I was sick. I was so happy and wrapped up in everything that was happening that the sick part just kind of faded away.
So, to sum up, do what you can to prevent sickness and if you get sick ahead of time, do what you can to get better as fast as possible. And if you still happen to be sick on your wedding day, just focus on what this day is all about and your body will follow your mind.
A photo of me on my wedding day. (Photo credit: David Pullum Photography)
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