Planning and coordinating a wedding is big task and it can often seem like it is taking over your life. Then comes the big day and you know that all those late nights, early mornings, stresses and worries were all worth it. Then, there’s the honeymoon where you get to spend wonderful time alone with your partner away from all the stresses and strains of modern life.

But what about after all this? A small, but significant number of brides and grooms suffer from what is known as post-wedding blues and it is rooted in all the stress and excitement of planning and coordinating a wedding suddenly now being over and now looking forward to a new future. We take a look at a few ways you can deal with the post-wedding blues.

Start to look forward

A wedding is such a big event that requires such a huge amount of planning, it’s no wonder that following the big day, some brides and grooms feel a little deflated and think “What now?” Your wedding however is just the start of your new lives together so start focusing on what you have to come. That could be buying a new home, renovating your current home or even starting a family.

Don’t rush back to work

One of the big problems is that often, once the wedding and honeymoon are over, people who have just got married go straight back to work without having a few days to relax, recuperate and get their head together after this amazing event in their lives. If you can, book a week or at least a few days before you go back to work, you’ll go back to work with new vigour and with everything in perspective.

Talk to your spouse

As a married couple, if any one of you is feeling a bit down or fed-up you should talk to your partner. It’s quite possible that they may be having similar feelings and sharing them will bring your closer.

Plan ahead

Now you have no wedding to plan for, your life can feel a little bit empty, so why not do some more planning? Your calendar won’t seem so bleak if you schedule things for after your wedding, like a mother-daughter spa day or a prosecco tasting party with friends. Even better: During the wedding planning, keep a running list of things you want to do but don’t have time for amid all the meetings with florists and caterers—a book you want to read, a new restaurant you want to try, or a weekend trip you’d like to take with your new husband.

Use your newfound skills

Planning a successful wedding is a huge undertaking and doing it well takes a lot of skills and self-belief. So if you’re wondering what to do with yourself, why not put these event planning skills to use? Maybe you could help your local charity or school with events. Who knows! It could be the start of a whole new career!