Cold feet for wedding: Are You Suffering From A Case Of Wedding Cold Feet?
6 Perfectly Normal Pre-Wedding Jitters and How to Deal With Them
Planning a wedding can be stressful and might make you a little more emotional, anxious, and sleep-deprived than usual. You may even find yourself asking, “Do I really want to get married?” If you’re having cold feet before the wedding, know that it’s perfectly normal. You’re not alone, and it’s not a sign that you’re making a mistake. Chances are it’s just pre-wedding jitters and anxiety that can be remedied.
What Are Cold Feet?
“Cold feet” is a term characterized by a feeling of uncertainty around moving forward with your wedding.
Ahead, discover six common signs of cold feet that, in reality, are no cause for alarm—and how to deal with them.
Signs of Cold Feet
Here are some signs you might experiencing cold feet.
You Suddenly Start Noticing Other People
Until now, you’ve only had eyes for your significant other. But as the wedding day approaches, you might find yourself attracted to other people. “Marriage is a big step, and it’s normal to start noticing ways your single life is coming to an end,” says Lesli Doares, marriage coach and author of Blueprint for a Lasting Marriage, like noticing the men and women you can no longer date. But this cold-feet sign, Doares says, could be nothing more than primal instincts kicking in. “As my husband and I say to each other, ‘we’re married, not dead,'” she laughs.
You’re Fighting More Often
According to Toni Coleman, psychotherapist and relationship coach, overreacting to wedding-related squabbles can lead couples to believe they won’t be able to handle the bigger curve balls life throws their way. “Planning a wedding involves many logistics, large sums of money, compromises due to family—and the couple is supposed to get it just right,” she says. It’s not exactly easy, nor is it necessarily a red flag if you argue along the way. Instead of giving in to this cold-feet conundrum, “raise any concerns and ask your partner to work with you,” Coleman says. “This will help you build those conflict resolution skills you will need later.”
You’re Beginning to Find Your Fiancé Annoying
Your betrothed has a habit of leaving dirty socks beside the hamper and a sarcastic sense of humor that is seriously getting under your skin. But even though it feels like it, you’re not seeing these annoying behaviors for the first time. “It isn’t that those habits haven’t been there before,” Doares says. “It’s just that the anxiety of this big life change puts them front and center. It’s your brain’s way of saying ‘pay attention and make sure there isn’t a deal-breaker in there somewhere.'”
You’re Having Nightmares About Marriage
Missing hours of Zs is enough to make anyone question their impending marriage. Add in nightmares, and it can feel as if your feet will never warm by the wedding day. But, “big change creates big stress, which often plays out physically,” Doares explains. “The brain uses sleep to process information, and there is a lot to process about marriage. Your hopes and fears about this new stage of your life may be kept at bay during the day but make appearances in your dreams.” It’s important to remember, though, that while having nightmares is never fun, “they usually don’t reflect your actual feelings or desires,” Doares says.
You’re Afraid You Might Be Getting Married Too Quickly
If your family and friends keep telling you that you’re headed to the altar too fast, that may lead you to question your decision. But “other people aren’t inside your relationship and don’t know what you know,” says Coleman. “There is no right amount of time that will determine a relationship’s success or failure. Couples who feel confident and committed [but have been together for shorter periods of time] have just as good a chance of success as those who have been together a long time—maybe even better.”
You’ve Lost Your Sex Drive
If you’re losing your sex drive before the big day, we can almost promise you’ll get it back. “The time before a wedding is rarely calm,” says Doares. “You have a lot to do, in addition to your normal daily activities, and being tired, overwhelmed, and stressed is not exactly conducive to being frisky.” Don’t add to your stress by convincing yourself that this cold-feet sign is anything more than life takings its temporary toll on your libido. To take some pressure off, Doares even recommends going without sex on your wedding night. “High expectations around wedding-night sex just adds to the stress and a lower libido,” she says.
How to Deal With Cold Feet and Pre-Wedding Jitters
Even though you know cold feet and pre-wedding jitters are totally normal, they’re not exactly enjoyable. Luckily, there are ways to combat those anxious feelings. Here are our top tips for dealing with those cold feet!
Scale Back the Wedding
“The vast majority of ‘cold feet’ is related to anxiety about the enormity of the wedding,” psychologist Lauren Napolitano explains. “So, if possible, scale back the wedding, or cut out some complications.”
Try Deep-Breathing Methods
“Try the one-ten breath method in which you breathe in for one, breathe out for one, breathe in for two, breathe out for two, etc., until you get to ten,” describes Jesse Tombs, senior event producer for Alison Events. “Deep, focused breath helps calm the nerves, center the mind, and release the butterflies.”
Think About the Honeymoon
“Your honeymoon is not the time for a rigorous bike tour,” says Napolitano. “It’s time to chill at the hotel pool.” If your feet start to freeze, just picture them stepping into a hot tub or on a beach with your partner.
Turn to Your Parents
“Clear the room and let the bride be alone with her mom or dad,” says Tombs. “They always know what to say!”
Get Some Perspective
“Talk to other brides or newlyweds to ask about their cold feet,” Napolitano suggests. “Especially talk to happily married couples with five or more years under their belts to see if they felt cold feet.” Chances are they did, and they don’t regret taking the plunge anyway!
“Often, brides get upset because they haven’t eaten all day and need sustenance,” Tombs says. A quick snack (or even a drink) can fill you up and calm you down.
Try to Exercise
“The best antidote for anxiety is always activity,” says Napolitano. “Take a yoga or spinning class. It will help to slow any racing thoughts that you might have.”
Talk Through It
“Be honest to yourself, and remember who you are and why you are getting married in the first place,” Tombs says. “Never forget that!”
“If your anxiety is causing you to lose sleep or causing you trouble concentrating at work, get help,” says Napolitano. “A therapist can help you to feel less anxious.”
How to Deal With Cold Feet Before Your Wedding Day
Trust us—prewedding jitters are more common than you think.
Are you experiencing a chilling fear as you realize you’re legally about to spend the rest of your life with your partner? Don’t worry—it’s called cold feet, and it happens. Most of the time, this freak-out period just means you have a case of prewedding jitters—and trust us, you’re definitely not alone! There are lots of to-be-weds that get nervous before the wedding day, and cold feet can come up in a number of ways.
It could be your partner’s annoyances getting to you, like a sink full of dishes you asked them to put away multiple times to no avail, or feeling panicky over 200 out-of-town guests flying in, or an argument you had with your parents over the venue and now you’re having trouble sleeping or eating regular meals. While this isn’t healthy, it can be normal. You’re about to make a commitment for the rest of your life and you’re staring that notion right in the eye.
“Cold feet is normal for most people,” says Jane Greer, PhD, marriage and sex therapist and author of What About Me? Stop Selfishness From Ruining Your Relationship. “A marriage is so permanent, and it’s not uncommon for people to second-guess themselves. Are they settling? Should they have waited? Is this really the right person?”
Simply put, cold feet is usually a reaction to stress. The engagement period isn’t always smooth sailing when you’re deep in the wedding planning trenches. Prewedding stress can make you more irritable, impatient and easily annoyed. If, out of the blue, your partner or family members start bugging you and those habits are driving you crazy, take a deep breath. Recognize you may be more sensitive than normal, and do your best to keep things in perspective, relax and be healthy. Your nerves will eventually return to a normal state. Meditating helps a lot. So does taking time for yourself with your favorite hobbies, pampering yourself and keeping open lines of communication with your partner.
But if you feel you or your partner has Mr. Big–style cold feet, the jitters may signify a more pressing problem and deserve immediate attention. Share your feelings with your spouse-to-be in a nonconfrontational way. No matter the issue, merging your lives is not always easy. Many couples turn to premarital counselors to talk out any differences or issues, or to just get a better understanding of their partner and relationship as a whole.
On a more serious note, there are relationship problems that are beyond the world of prewedding nerves and irritations. If you find yourself facing any of these issues, take steps immediately to confront the problem head-on, whether it’s consulting with family or friends, and/or seeking professional help (either individually or together).
“If you’re experiencing panic attacks, crying a lot, dreading the wedding, feeling nauseous, feeling trapped or like it’s ‘too late’ to call off the wedding, or if you don’t want to see your partner at all, these are signs you should postpone or cancel the wedding,” Greer says. “You should get counseling or some other type of support to figure out why you’re feeling so distressed. However, if it’s simply about doubts that can be addressed, trust that these won’t be strong enough to stop you from going ahead with the wedding day.”
Here’s The Key Difference Between Cold Feet And Pre-Wedding Jitters
It’s totally normal to have jitters before the wedding day, but cold feet are another thing entirely.
This test by therapist Jennifer Gauvain, co-author of “How Not to Marry the Wrong Guy,” can help you determine if your jitters are something to be concerned about:
You are feeling nervous about your wedding. Which of the following best describes the source of your concerns?
a. Planning the wedding and reception
b. Giving up my life as a single person
c. Giving up my life as a single person and the stress of planning the wedding and reception
d. My relationship with my fiance
If you answered ‘a,’ ‘b’ or ‘c,’ you probably just have jitters. If you answered ‘d,’ you probably have cold feet. Consider this: If you could walk away right now and cancel the wedding, free of fear, guilt, embarrassment and a loss of money, would you do it? If you would, then this is not just normal pre-wedding jitters.
If you’ve established that you have cold feet and they’re due to major relationship flaws, you may want to consider calling the wedding off.
“If it’s pretty clearly doomed before it begins, maybe a relatively small inconvenience now will help prevent a more financially and emotionally costly mess in the future,” clinical psychologist Ryan Howes told The Huffington Post. “Seek counsel and guidance first, of course, but until you make your public vows of unity, you can and should be thinking of what’s in your best interest.”
But if you truly believe the problems can be worked through, there’s hope. Below, marriage counselors share their recommendations for getting your relationship back on track.
1. Talk to your partner.
“You might be hesitant to discuss your cold feet with your partner, but if this is the person with whom you plan on sharing a lifetime, you should be able to have open, honest and sometimes difficult conversations. This could be the opportunity for you both to discuss some of the stresses about the new and unknown future. Perhaps just getting it out in the open and hearing from your partner that they understand your concerns may actually relieve any nervousness you may have.” ― Nari Jeter, marriage and family therapist
2. Go to therapy.
“Whether individual or couple’s, therapy can help you formulate thoughts around your cold feet and practice communicating it. A qualified therapist can give you tools for managing your anxiety, help you recognize what is cold feet and what are red flags and create a dialogue to get the support and reassurance you need from your future spouse. Therapy can help normalize this process and help you move away from doubt and into excitement about your future. Society seems to have the belief that it must not be right if it’s too hard. Relationships take work and transitions such as moving in together and joining families are tough on a relationship.”― Anne Crowley, licensed psychologist
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Going to therapy — either alone or with your partner — can be tremendously helpful.
3. Get out of the house.
“Go out to nature, take a weekend away by yourself or do other things that help clear your mind. It will give you a chance to miss your partner, and to let the emotional waves calm down so you can get a better insight into what’s going on.”― Gal Szekely, marriage and family therapist
4. Ask the hard questions.
“If your concerns are more so about your compatibility with your future spouse, you should take this seriously. Have you worked together through the important questions? Have you gone on a compatibility revealing road trip together? Most of the time, past behavior predicts future behavior, so could you handle it if your partner stayed the same throughout your marriage, or are you hoping for a significant change? Spoiler alert: spontaneous major changes don’t often happen. If you have solid answers to the tough questions, and have made your decision from an informed place, you’ve done the best you can.” ― Ryan Howes, clinical psychologist
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People don’t tend to change their behaviors after marriage. If something is bothering you, talk about it now.
5. Keep a journal.
“Often when we have cold feet, we are looking to an external source for reassurance; however, external responses do not always resonate and make us feel better. Get it out, but do it in a safe space. Get a paper journal and your favorite pen and start writing. This exercise will help you process thoughts as well as emotions. By getting it out, you will ideally stop ruminating, get some distance from the doubt and start to reassure yourself. Spend time writing the negative thoughts that are consuming you, but don’t stop there. Answer your own questions and write about the positives in your partner and in your relationship.”― Anne Crowley
6. Get reassurance from good friends.
“Friends that have known you and your partner for a while probably have a more objective and less emotional take on you and your relationship. They can calm you down and remind you of the big picture and what they appreciate about the two of you.” ― Gal Szekely
Is It Cold Feet? Or Something More Serious?
Is it wise for engaged women and men to ignore the doubts many experience before marrying? Aren’t their doubts just symptoms of a case of the jitters brought on by the realization that marriage is approaching?
A new study by researchers at the University of California, Los Angeles, cautions engaged couples against assuming that premarital doubts are meaningless. The researchers ask, “What if premarital uncertainty is not simply another normative challenge to overcome, but is instead a true warning sign?”
Their study, titled “Do Cold Feet Warn of Trouble Ahead? Premarital Uncertainty and Four-Year Marital Outcomes,” was published in September by the Journal of Family Psychology. UCLA called it “the first scientific study to test whether doubts about getting married are more likely to lead to an unhappy marriage and divorce.”
Justin Lavner, the study’s lead author and a UCLA doctoral candidate, commented that “people think everybody has premarital doubts and you don’t have to worry about them.” However, Lavner said, “we found they are common but not benign.”
Lavner explained to me that the question asked of couples was, “Were you ever hesitant or uncertain about getting married?” In this light, he said, the type of hesitancy addressed in the study reflects “some sort of doubt about the relationship” itself – something specific related to “uncertainty about getting married,” not mere nervousness over the wedding “in the stress leading up to it.”
A Matter to Resolve
The study acknowledges that uncertainty does not predict future distress for every couple. After all, in two-thirds of the newlywed couples studied by the UCLA researchers, at least one partner reported having had doubts about the decision to wed.
Still, attention to doubt is warranted, it says. For, “comparisons among spouses with and without doubts showed that doubts did predict poorer marital outcomes after four years, especially among women.” (The researchers conducted follow-up surveys with the couples in their study every six months for four years.)
When the study participants were asked if they ever had been uncertain or hesitant about getting married, 47 percent of husbands and 38 percent of wives said yes. While women were less likely than men to have had doubts, the women’s doubts were more meaningful in predicting trouble after the wedding, the researchers concluded.
When only the husband had doubts, 10 percent of couples divorced; when only the wife had doubts, 18 percent of couples divorced; when each of the partners had doubts, 20 percent of the couples would one day divorce, it was explained.
A concern expressed by Lavner is that “some people might have difficulty coming to terms with [their] doubt or might hear messages from other people that doubts are common and aren’t anything to worry about. However, he told me:
“I think the biggest implication of these findings is that doubts do matter on average, and they are something that couples — and professionals working with couples — should pay attention to.
“This obviously doesn’t mean that couples should cancel their weddings, but it does mean that they should explore what’s underlying those doubts and try to resolve it.”
Implications for Couples, Professionals
Some of the UCLA study’s implications for professionals who counsel engaged couples and others working with them were spelled out in the researchers’ report.
“Doubts should not simply be dismissed as a normative experience or viewed as something that will go away once partners make a commitment to each other,” the report states. Instead, “feelings of premarital uncertainty should be validated, taken seriously and used as an opportunity for exploration.”
However, given the reluctance on the part of many to “share their doubts,” those working with engaged couples may need explicitly to encourage “the disclosure of feelings of uncertainty,” it proposes.
The study suggests that premarital counseling can provide a context in which couples might “safely disclose unresolved issues or lingering questions.” These conversations, in turn, “could be used to reach consensus around difficult topics” like having children or coping better with stress.
The UCLA researchers said further study is needed of the specific forms assumed by the doubts that engaged men and women experience.
These doubts “could include specific concerns about the relationship (e.g., ‘I’m not sure if we’re aligned on having children’), or the partner (e.g., ‘Does he work too much?’), or may represent anxiety about marriage more generally (e.g., ‘Am I ready for this commitment?’),” the study said.
Thomas Bradbury, a well-known UCLA marriage researcher who co-directs the university’s Relationship Institute, was a study co-author. Commenting on it, his obvious hope was that couples will talk about their doubt “and try to work through it.”
Bradbury compared the situation in which engaged people realize they are experiencing doubt to the situation that exists when people notice something disturbing on their own skin. “If you see something unusual on your skin, should you ignore it and go to the beach or see a doctor? Be smart, and don’t ignore it — and don’t ignore your doubts either,” he advised couples.
Bradbury’s advice was to “have a conversation, and see how it goes.” He might ask the engaged: “Do you think the doubts will go away when you have a mortgage and two kids? Don’t count on that.”
About the author
David Gibson served for 37 years on the editorial staff at Catholic News Service, where he was the founding and long-time editor of Origins, CNS Documentary Service. David received a bachelor’s degree from St. John’s University in Minnesota and an M.A. in religious education from The Catholic University of America. Married for 38 years, he and his wife have three adult daughters and six grandchildren.
How to Prevent Cold Feet From Ruining Your Wedding
Cold feet is that feeling of dread, nervousness, and stress you may be feeling in the lead up to your wedding. It’s accompanied by plenty of ‘what if?’ questions and a tendency to second-guess life decisions that you were previously certain about.
Unasked for questions will pop into your brain at odd moments: Is now the right time to get married? Have I chosen the right life partner? Will we really be able to stand each other for the next 40 years? Would I be better off with that guy I liked in high school and went on one date with?
Focusing on these thoughts isn’t helpful or healthy. Before you know it, you’re more stressed than ever!
The good news is: this is normal. Most brides (and grooms) will experience moments of anxiety and nervousness as the wedding approaches. You’re not alone and you can do something about it. Read on to find out why we experience cold feet and what you can do about it.
Cold Feet Is Often A Reaction To Stress
Often, cold feet is a natural response to stress. Everyone tells you that your wedding day will be the best day of your life; they’re right. What they don’t tell you is how much hard work you have to put in to organize that day.
Merging two separate lives isn’t easy. Nor is organizing a huge event which everyone you know will come to (and you only get one shot at). You’re doing both at once.
Conversations about money, tricky guestlist negotiations, and a thousand-and-one small details and problems that need solving. It’s no surprise experts list planning a wedding as one of the top 10 most stressful life events.
You might find your cold feet accompanied by a shorter temper and wishing it would be over. All this is normal; let’s see what we can do about it:
7 Ways To Cope With Cold Feet
Cold feet shouldn’t ruin your wedding. Here are six ways you can relieve some wedding stress and cope with how you’re feeling:
Tip #1: Make Time For Yourself
If you’re spending all your time planning your wedding, you’re probably cutting back on your own leisure and rest time. Schedule a day for yourself where you can take some time to relax and not think about organizing a wedding.
It might be a spa day with your mom or best friend, a nice hike, or a trip to go shopping (for something non-wedding related). The activity doesn’t matter, as long as it’s something you love doing that will help you relax and reduce your stress levels.
Tip #2: Remind Yourself Why You Are Getting Married
There are lots of reasons why you’re getting married; very few of them are to do with having a big stressful wedding – but right now, that’s all you can think about.
Take some time to think back on your relationship, the good times you’ve enjoyed together, and think about what you’re looking forward to. What do you love about your future spouse? What qualities do they have that will make them a great husband? Why did you choose to marry them?
If you think back to a time before wedding stress and cold feet set in, there were probably lots of reasons – remind yourself.
Tip #3: Share With Family
Sometimes, you just need someone to listen. Share how you are feeling with a close family member and see what they say. If they know you well, they’ll be able to help you decide if you’re experiencing a few jitters, of if this is really something to worry about.
They’ll also be able to remind you how much you love your partner, about the great times you’ve had, and about your exciting future. Sometimes, the stress of wedding planning makes it hard to remember the good things, and it takes someone else to remind you.
Tip #4: Consider Premarital Counselling
An experienced counselor or therapist may be able to help you deal with your anxiety and understand what is causing it. You can attend this either as an individual or a couple.
This can be a safe, supportive, and non-pressured environment to discuss your fears.
Tip #5: Talk To Couples Who Are Already Married
Talking with couples who are on the other side of the wedding can help you put your fears into perspective. Find a couple who have been happily married, preferably for at least ten years, and ask them to sit down with you to answer a few of your questions.
You’ll likely find that they were a bit nervous too, but that didn’t stop them! How much poorer would their lives be today if they had given in to short-term jitters? Taking the long view can also help put the wedding into perspective: it’s just one day.
Tip #6: Spend Quality Time With Your Fiancé
It’s not uncommon to get to the end of the week, only to realize that you’ve barely spoken to each other about anything that isn’t the wedding. If you’re not careful, wedding planning can put your relationship on hold and open up a gap between you.
Schedule some time to do something normal with your future spouse at least once per week. Go for coffee, to a restaurant, or to the cinema. Whatever you would normally do as a date. Putting your relationship on hold while you plan a wedding is unhealthy and potentially damaging – but it’s easy to do.
Tip #7: Improve Your Lifestyle
Since cold feet is connected to stress, many common lifestyle solutions to stress will help you. This includes:
- Doing exercise
- Improving your diet
- Practicing meditation
- Cutting down on caffeine
- Getting a great night’s sleep
It’s easy to forget to look after yourself in the leadup to a wedding because you are so busy. Take a look at your lifestyle for places you might have been neglecting your health and take corrective action.
Should You Talk About Cold Feet With Your Spouse?
You should consider talking to your spouse, but you need to do it in the right way. Expressing doubts can be painful or hurtful to the other person, so choose your words carefully.
Ultimately, this is the person you are going to marry, and you should be able to be honest with them. Open up to them, listen to their own concerns, and try not to react to a negative way to anything they say (and hopefully they’ll do the same). Being honest is usually the best thing you can do in a relationship – and it’s likely they’re feeling a bit nervous too.
If you’re not sure how to do this, or you think they might reactive in a negative way, seek help. You might want to suggest pre-marital counseling to help you discuss it healthily.
How To Recognize When It’s More Than ‘Cold Feet’
Of course, not every bit of cold feet is nothing; some feelings are warning signs that something is not right in your relationship. Experiencing one or more of the following is a sign that you need to take a step back and re-evaluate your decision:
- You experience panic attacks at the thought of married life, or it regularly brings you to tears.
- You dread seeing your future spouse and find yourself making reasons to avoid them in the run-up to the wedding.
- Your future spouse is violent or has threatened you now or in the past.
- Most of your friends and family don’t like your future spouse and think you are making a mistake.
- You’ve considered canceling the wedding, but the only reason you haven’t is because it would be embarrassing or because of financial reasons.
- You’ve found out something new about your spouse, such as a drug or gambling problem.
If this is you, speak to someone – either a counselor, a family member, or a close friend. Don’t ignore your feelings – any of these signs is enough to consider postponing or canceling the wedding. Don’t leave it till the last minute to think about this. The more time you give yourself before the wedding, the more likely you’ll make the right decision.
Red Flags That Lead To Cold Feet Before Your Wedding
As a bridesmaid for hire, I’ve found myself on countless phone calls, in church confessional booths and — of course — chasing runaway brides, who confide in me that they have last minute cold feet.
Whenever I sit down with these brides and ask them why they are no longer feeling their fiancé, or the wedding in general, a lot of them come clean with reasons that are deep-rooted in a rocky relationship — reasons that they refused to come to terms with before agreeing to get married.
If you’re looking to pick apart why cold feet happens and how you can make sure you relationship is as smooth as possible before getting engaged, here are the five red flags to look for.
1. Zero compliments.
Everyone wants to be showered with compliments, especially from a person they love.
If your partner isn’t telling you nice things on a daily basis or boosting your spirits when you’re feeling low, you may start to question whether it’s a good idea to marry someone who brings you down instead of up.
When the person you’re in a relationship with gives you constant reminders of why you are an awesome person, you find yourself feeling more confident and ready to take on the world as an individual, while also having that person as your support system.
When they constant forget to tell you that you are working hard in your career or your health regimen — when you truly are — it may be a sign they are jealous, forgetful and self-centered.
All of that may bring you to fist-fight in your head over whether they care about you or are just too self-consumed, all while causing a ton of tension in the marriage.
When you’re with a person who constantly says, “That’s what you’re wearing?” or “Why don’t you try to look more like Kylie Jenner?” you’ll probably start to get cold feet when you panic over what they will say — or not say — when they see you all dressed up on your wedding day.
2. Not feeling safe.
One of the best traits you can look for in a potential spouse is someone who makes you feel safe.
As human beings, we all want to feel comfortable knowing the person we’re with isn’t trying to lie, cheat or steal from us.
We don’t want to be with someone who makes us tip-toe around our home, or constantly question if they’re going to pack up their bags and leave one day because they aren’t showing signs of long-term commitment.
If you’re with someone who is constantly playing games, acting immature or even flighty with their life plans and their future plans with you, you may get pre-wedding jitters over marrying someone who makes your stomach flip-flop like it’s inside a dryer.
3. Your eyes are searching.
It’s OK to spot a cute guy at a coffee shop and send him a smile, but if you are finding yourself constantly flirting and itching to hand out your number to a hot guy you meet on the subway, you probably aren’t ready to settle down.
It’s unfair to say that you won’t find yourself occasionally fantasizing about being with someone else every so often, but if you’re finding an excuse to leave the house, head to a bar and flirt with someone else on a weekly basis, then you might not be ready for the ring.
Instead, you might want to trade your upcoming MRS status back to single-and-ready-to-mingle status.
4. The trust is gone.
If you’ve put a tracking device on your partner’s phone and question every single thing they tell you, you may be questioning what your future is going to be like with someone you’re constantly thinking is hooking up with their secretary in the bathroom.
Every relationship has a foundation that keeps it together, and if trust isn’t one of those pillars, your relationship is doomed to fall to the ground.
Trusting a person makes your relationship flow smoothly and lets you kick the unneeded and unhealthy obsession with tracking their every move because you think they are up to something.
If the trust isn’t there, you might decide right before it’s time to walk down the aisle that you don’t want to be there either.
5. The relationship needs work.
Going to couple’s therapy before getting married is a totally normal thing to do.
If you know you have holes in the relationship but you still love the person and want to make it work, seeing a professional can help the two of you conquer some of the blah moments you have with each other.
If therapy isn’t working out or you have no interest in fixing your relationship problems, then you may want back out of getting married to a person who has a grocery list of flaws that just irk you to the max.
WEDDING COLD FEET OR MAKING A MISTAKE
I get it. You are knee deep in deposits. Everyone is coming. Your mom told you that you can’t call it off. But everything you just said is not a reason to get married. If the first thing out of your mouth on why you need to follow through with the wedding isn’t that you love him (or her), you need to take pause. A case of the pre-wedding jitters is normal. It’s a big day with a whole lot of pressure, so it’s only natural to experience a healthy dose of nerves leading up to the wedding day. But when those jitters turn to something deeper is when you need to stop and reconsider. Here’s how to tell if you are having cold feet or if you’re making a mistake.
TRUST YOUR FEELINGS
If you feel like fleeing rather than a little nervous pay attention. In the end, it takes courage, to be honest about these things. If you aren’t honest with yourself and communicate your feelings to your fiancé, you will default into a life rather than choosing.
THIS IS A LIFESTYLE CHOICE
Consider what it will be like to live together every day. Practice working out conflicts and different preferences before deciding to marry, so you either realize s/he’s not the one or he is. In the end, the happiest couples learn to compassionately work through differences into greater intimacy.
THE LITMUS TEST
Every couple will have differences and conflicts to work through. It’s human nature. How and if you are able to do this is the litmus test. Having at least one person in the couple with high emotional intelligence significantly improves the chances of a successful marriage. You and your partner can take the Emotional Operating System (EOS) Quiz and discover your scores. If both of you score low, I suggest you do some couples workshops, classes and/or counseling before marrying.
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Cold feet – before the wedding – nerves for newlyweds. Call it whatever you want, most brides and grooms are nervous before their wedding. If you feel cold feet, try to relax and explore your feelings. Finding out what’s behind them will lead you to a stronger, healthier marriage, or save you from making a giant mistake. Anyway, time is to deal with cold feet, now.
The Difference Between Cold Feet and Serious Problems
A general feeling of nervousness about a wedding is normal – after all, this is a life step you take.
If you are nervous and still agitated, these are probably just preconceived shocks.
Serious problems that should cause a marriage failure
- If you find that your future spouse has a drug or alcohol problem and is not recovering
- If your future spouse was abusive to you
- If any of you was untrue or deceitful
- If thinking about the wedding gave you a feeling of fear, not happiness for more than a month
- If you are different in having children or not
- Most of your friends do not like your future spouse
- If you are only going through this because you will too embarrassed to name it, or you are worried about hurting your fiancé.
Don’t let wedding planning stress get cold feet
Try to distinguish between stressing about wedding planning and stressing marriage. Worrying about small details doesn’t mean you shouldn’t marry your loved one; instead, it may be a sign that you need more help or that you should scale down the event.
There is always a way to escape!
Strategies for Dealing with Cold Feet
- Spend some time writing down your fears.You may find that when they are on paper, they become stupid. If is not present, write down possible solutions to each problem, if it becomes true. For example, concerns about losing your identity may have decisions such as not changing your name, pursuing new hobbies, or booking one night a week after marriage for “girl nights” or “boys’ nights.”
- Differentiate if your cold feet are stressful about marriage in general or questions about this particular relationship.
- Take a break from planning your wedding – everything will be there when you’re ready to move on.
- Designate at least one night per week as a “wedding free zone” where you don’t talk about the wedding at all.
- Spend some time talking about the happiest moments in your relationship, possibly including your first dates when you fell in love and recounting your engagement.
- Write down all the good things about being married.
- Talk to happy married couples and ask them the secrets to their success.
- See a GP or couple.
- Talk to your priest, rabbi, or trusted friend.
- Unleash romance – go for a romantic weekend, dine one after another, pamper each other.
When your future spouse is a person with cold feet
For your fiancé, doubts can be extremely harmful and difficult to resolve. If the shoe is on the other foot, do your best to understand that this is not necessarily about you or their feelings for you, but instead may be a lot of what we talked about above.Ultimately, you want your fiancé to be confident when he walks down the aisle that you are, but try not to panic or put undue pressure on your loved one.
You can direct him to articles like this one and ask him to come with you, consulting with you. You can also postpone the wedding until both of you are sure that this is the right move for you.
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90,000 Why does the running bride have cold feet? | Man and woman
Mostly brides run out from under the aisle. Although, it happens that the suitors also run away. Unplanned shoots are not uncommon in the world wedding practice. Therefore, they got into the lens of Hollywood video cameras. “Motor!” – and the movie heroine Julia Roberts rode off on a horse in Runaway Bride. “Take such and such!” – and the main man of journalist Carrie Bradshaw in the full-length film “Sex and the City” drove off in a limousine. But it’s not about movies. It’s about the phenomenon itself.
Its official name is Cold Feet – cold feet syndrome (a common symptom of stress).And everything happens like this: one of the marriages (more often a bride) is suddenly struck by lightning – “I am making a monstrous mistake!” The overtaking thought catches by surprise and causes panic. As in any stressful situation, a hefty portion of adrenaline is thrown into the bloodstream, the arms and legs become cold, and an irresistible desire arises to escape – to run quickly, non-stop, wherever the eyes are looking. And the newly minted runner starts.
As American Jennifer Carol Wilbanks, for example.The latter, without explaining anything to anyone, fled four days before her wedding. Moreover, frightened by what she had done, she also faked her own abduction. And she did this because of the wide publicity of her irresponsible act: the news of the mysterious disappearance of the bride leaked to the press, and compassionate Americans began to look for the fugitive with the whole world (or rather, all the States). Even the Federal Bureau of Investigation got involved.
When the whole truth about the wedding getaway came out, and the public learned that it was only cold feet syndrome that was the cause of the deception, Jennifer was immediately stigmatized. Is it a joke to fool the whole country? Run, run, but know when to stop! What Julia Roberts is allowed is not allowed to ordinary American mortals.
Our brides do not go on the run as often as in America and not so desperately. The procedure for entering into a marriage in the registry office provides for multiple appearances to confirm the determination. Plus, passports are given in advance and “stamped” in advance.The marriage certificate for the appointed day of the marriage is also prepared ahead of time. So the newlyweds, in fact, stop by the registry office only to sign for the receipt of documents. Why run?
In addition, money for organizing the celebration is also paid in advance. Rent of motorcade cars and premises in a restaurant, refreshments for guests, musical accompaniment, decoration, etc. – all this is already paid for by the cherished day.That is why there is a prepayment so that customers do not run away without paying. And wedding expenses are usually impressive amounts; then, willy-nilly, you will think: is it worth running?
However, the point is not even in the inhibiting effect of the funds spent and not in the pre-filled forms. Our couples are much more responsible in relation to … the church. Most often, the wedding is postponed indefinitely: let’s wait, test our marriage – we’ll see.And only if they are one hundred percent sure of their feelings, then after painting in the registry office, the newly-made spouses go to church.
The problem with American runners is that their wedding ceremony begins at the temple. Or, according to tradition, the priest is invited to the place where the wedding ceremony is to take place. Feel the difference: it is one thing to take a marriage vow in the registry office and quite another – in the church or in front of its holy face.This is where questions arise, from which the blood runs cold and the limbs freeze. They don’t lie to God. By the way, cold feet syndrome is also often called wedding panic.
Unlike our domestic ones, every second American site dedicated to wedding and near-wedding chores raises the topic of cold feet syndrome in those who are getting married.The problem is considered in detail, from different angles. Give practical advice (relax, breathe). Often they give recommendations of eminent psychologists (ask each other such and such questions, clarify such and such points, discuss the joint future in as much detail as possible). And sometimes the theme of escapes is even used as a pretext for unobtrusive advertising: “If you are wearing luxurious X-brand wedding shoes, then remember – they are specially created so that you can shine in them and perform like a king.Wedding shoes of the brand “X” are not for a vulgar hurdle race on rough terrain “…
Well, we can only be glad that in our “Far Away Kingdom” everything is relatively calm and the cases of escape from the crown did not acquire a catastrophic scale. However, it is worth remembering that the fashion for wedding getaways, unintentionally promoted by cinema and Mass Media, may well spill over to us.
Advice and love to all who go to the altar! And warm feet to you.
90,000 Runaway Bride or Cold Feet Syndrome – Psychology and Relationships – Wedding Ideas
It is obvious to everyone that not every couple in their relationship gets to the finish line.Someone breaks up long before the wedding altar looms ahead, while others are literally two steps away. Sometimes it happens that the bride or groom escapes right from under the aisle, like the heroine of the famous Hollywood movie “Runaway Bride” .
However, this phenomenon is found not only in cinema. It even has its own name Cold Feet – or Cold Feet Syndrome . The name of the syndrome comes from the main symptom of stress – in fact, a decrease in the temperature of the legs and arms.And this phenomenon occurs more often than you might think. Everything happens quite quickly and unexpectedly – the groom or the bride is suddenly visited by the revelation – “I am making a mistake!” And this thought is dangerous already because it appears suddenly, catches by surprise. Panic, stress and, as a result, a desire to run away arise. Which many people do without thinking too much about the consequences.
So, for example, did the American Jennifer Wilbanks, who not only ran away four days before the celebration, but faked her own abduction.As a result, when the deception was revealed, Jennifer was stigmatized – after all, the whole country then went in search of the “kidnapped” bride, even special services were involved. And the reason for everything was the same cold feet syndrome.
In Russia, it should be noted, such incidents occur much less frequently. Moreover, the stamps in the passports and the marriage certificate are drawn up in advance, and the newlyweds come to the registry office rather in order to receive ready-made documents. So on their wedding day, they are legally already husband and wife.It’s pointless to run.
And the thought of how much effort and money was spent on organizing a celebration, on a banquet keeps the brides from rash acts. Another argument is “what will people think?” – does not work for everyone, but it is a good safety device in case of panic.
But there is another important distinctive feature. In Russia and throughout the territory of the former USSR, a marriage concluded in the relevant authorities – in the registry office is considered official. And in Europe and the United States, newlyweds take an oath in the church.And if a divorce in Russia is often fraught with only an extra mark in the passport, in Western countries this will already be a violation of the oath given to God.
In America, the problem of Cold Feet is studied from all sides, on every wedding site in the USA you can find information on this topic. Psychologists give advice to brides on how to relax and calm down, how to get rid of inappropriate thoughts and panic.
The theme of the runaway bride became so widespread in the West that it attracted the attention of not only screenwriters, but also advertising agencies, which began to actively use a bright, noticeable image.
So we can only rejoice that in Russia in this regard, everything is quite calm, and the cases of escapes from their own weddings have not acquired such terrifying proportions. Of course, many are plagued by doubts, especially when the most important moment in life comes very close. And it is important to listen to yourself and your feelings as you approach the altar. But in no case shouldn’t panic . Remember why you are now walking down the aisle, and what kind of person is leading you arm in arm into a new, family life.
90,000 cold feet or time to cancel the wedding? – weddings
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Cold feet – trembling before the wedding – wedding nerves. Call it what you want, brides and brides get nervous before their wedding. If you feel cold feet, try to relax and explore your feelings. Finding out what’s behind them will lead you to a stronger, healthier marriage, or save you from a giant mistake.Anyway, now is the time to tackle cold feet.
The Difference Between Cold Feet and Serious Problems
Generally feeling nervous about a wedding is normal – after all, this is a vital step you take. If you’re nervous and still excited, then it’s probably just before the wedding.
Serious problems that should force you to cancel your wedding
- If you find that your future spouse has a drug or alcohol problem and is not recovering
- If one of you was unfaithful or deceitful
- If thinking about the wedding gave you a feeling of fear, not happiness for more than a month
- If you disagree on whether to have children
- Most of your friends do not like your future spouse
- If you only deal with this because you will be too embarrassed to cancel it, or you are worried about hurting your fiance.
Don’t Let Wedding Planning Stress Get Cold Feet
Try to distinguish between the stress of planning a wedding and the stress of marriage. Worrying about small details doesn’t mean you shouldn’t marry the person you love; instead, it may be a sign that you need more help or that you should downsize the event. There is always a way to escape!
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Strategies for overcoming cold feet
- Take some time writing down your fears.You may find that once they are on paper, they become stupid. If not, write down possible solutions to each problem if it becomes a reality. For example, fear of losing identity can lead to decisions such as not changing names, new hobbies, or reserving one night a week after the wedding for a girls ‘night out or a boys’ night out.
- Determine if you have cold feet due to the stress of getting married in general or asking questions about this particular relationship.
- Take a break from planning your wedding — it’s all there when you’re ready to move on.
- Designate at least one night per week as a “wedding-free zone” where you don’t talk about the wedding at all.
- Spend some time writing down the happiest moments in your relationship, possibly including your first dates, when you fell in love, and your engagement story.
- Write down all the good things about being married.
- Talk to happy married couples and ask them the secrets to their success.
- Individual or family doctor visit.
- Talk to your priest, rabbi, or trusted friend.
- Fire up romance – Go on a romantic weekend, prepare meals for each other, pamper each other.
When your future spouse is the one with cold feet
Your fiance’s doubts can be extremely offensive and difficult to deal with. If the shoe is on the other foot, try to understand that it doesn’t necessarily have to do with you or their feelings for you, but might instead be a lot of what we discussed above.Ultimately, you want your fiancé to be confident as he walks down the aisle that you are alone, but try not to panic or put undue pressure on your loved one. You can direct him to articles like this and ask him to go with you for a couples consultation. You can also postpone the wedding until both of you are equally confident that this is the right move for you.
90,000 Cold feet are a sign of eight dangerous diseases
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Cold feet are a sign of eight dangerous diseases
Cold feet are a sign of eight dangerous diseases
Surgeon and orthopedist Daniela Despres named eight reasons why feet are cold. Business Insider reports. RIA Novosti, 01.11.2020
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MOSCOW, November 1 – RIA Novosti. Surgeon and podiatrist Daniela Despres named eight reasons why feet are cold. Business Insider reports about it. In the cold season, this symptom usually does not pose any threat to health and is a physiological norm. But sometimes cold feet are a sign of a number of diseases. One of the reasons for this condition may be atherosclerosis.With this disease, blood circulation is impaired – especially in the legs, where the vessels are most narrow. As a result, the limbs become colder. Among the risk factors for the development of atherosclerosis, Dr. Despres named smoking, hypertension, high cholesterol levels and age. Another possible cause of cold feet is diabetes. The fact is that against the background of this disease, some patients develop neuropathy – nerve damage. Also, with type 2 diabetes, weakening of blood circulation is possible. In this case, the vessels of the legs are especially affected.The next reason is Raynaud’s disease, in which vasoconstriction occurs during stress or cold. This can be seen by blue or pale limbs. Cold feet can also be a sign of peripheral neuropathy. This condition is often accompanied by tingling and burning sensations in the limbs. Diabetes, as well as liver and kidney disease, can cause the condition, Despres explained. Another cause of cold feet is anemia, a condition in which the body produces insufficient red blood cells.It is most commonly due to iron deficiency, which can be indicated by low hemoglobin levels, and cold feet can also be due to anxiety, hypothyroidism, and Buerger’s disease. Hypothyroidism is a condition in which the thyroid gland does not produce enough hormones to function properly, which can lead to poor circulation. And in case of Buerger’s disease, there is inflammation of the vessels and their clogging with blood clots. The interlocutor of the portal urged to see a doctor if you suspect the presence of these diseases.If the cause of cold feet is not related to illness, you should go in for sports, quit smoking, massage the limbs and dress warmer. All this will improve blood circulation.
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MOSCOW, November 1 – RIA Novosti. Surgeon and podiatrist Daniela Despres named eight reasons why feet are cold. Business Insider reports.
In the cold season, this symptom usually does not pose any threat to health and is a physiological norm. But sometimes cold feet are a sign of a number of diseases.
One of the reasons for this condition may be atherosclerosis. With this disease, blood circulation is impaired – especially in the legs, where the vessels are most narrow. As a result, the limbs get cold.
Among the risk factors for the development of atherosclerosis, Dr. Despres named smoking, hypertension, high cholesterol and age.
October 31, 2020, 15:40
Diseases that are symptomatic of cold hands are named
Another possible cause of cold feet is diabetes. The fact is that against the background of this disease, some patients develop neuropathy – nerve damage. Also, with type 2 diabetes, weakening of blood circulation is possible. In this case, the vessels of the legs are especially affected.
The next reason is Raynaud’s disease, in which vasoconstriction occurs during stress or cold. This can be seen by blue discoloration or paleness of the limbs.
Cold feet can also be a sign of peripheral neuropathy. This condition is often accompanied by tingling and burning sensations in the limbs. As Despres explained, diabetes, as well as liver and kidney disease, can cause the condition.
Another cause of cold feet is anemia, a condition in which the body produces insufficient red blood cells.Most often, this phenomenon occurs due to iron deficiency, which can be indicated by a low level of hemoglobin.
In addition, cold feet can result from anxiety, hypothyroidism and Buerger’s disease. Hypothyroidism is a condition in which the thyroid gland does not produce enough hormones to function properly, which can lead to poor circulation. And with Buerger’s disease, vascular inflammation and clogging with blood clots occur.
The interlocutor of the portal urged to see a doctor if you suspect the presence of these diseases.If the cause of cold feet is not related to illness, you should go in for sports, quit smoking, massage the limbs and dress warmer. All this will improve blood circulation.
31 October 2020, 12:50
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If you have persistent cold feet and hands, you may have poor circulation in your legs.
The following habits or factors contribute to poor circulation in the legs:
– physical inactivity;
– improper nutrition;
– high blood pressure;
– high cholesterol levels;
– certain diseases of the nerves and thyroid gland;
– Prolonged motionless sitting in a confined space (economy class syndrome).
– In the early stages of the disease, you may experience cramps or fatigue in your legs, buttocks or feet during exercise. Pain in the legs, ankles, or feet usually diminishes at rest but then recurs.
– You may complain of fatigue, aching leg pain, or swelling in your lower leg / foot.
– You may also experience cramps in the legs and feet that occur during sleep or after being stationary for a long period of time.
– In addition, you may develop symptoms such as “cold feet” or “numb feet”.
Prevention and treatment
Treatment for poor circulation in the legs is primarily aimed at eliminating risk factors:
– Give up smoking.
– Monitor your blood pressure.
– Maintain your cholesterol levels within the normal range.
– Exercise regularly and often.
– Use special equipment, devices and shoes that help improve blood circulation, such as wedge-shaped orthopedic pillows for sleeping or feet.
– Move, do not remain stationary for a long time.
– Keep your feet and limbs warm.
– Wear compression tights and socks that stimulate blood circulation.
The Institute of Orthopedics recommends seeing a doctor for any suspicion of poor circulation in the legs, as this disease can be serious and may indicate the presence of other disorders in the body. Drugs are now available to treat circulatory disorders in the legs and prevent more serious complications.
ATTENTION! All information posted on this site is for guidance only. In each case, consultation with a specialist is necessary.
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Why hands freeze
The main reasons why the limbs of the hands freeze are neurological, endocrine or cardiovascular health problems. Only a doctor can establish real diseases like anemia, diabetes, lupus, and prescribe treatment.