Getting engaged is a big moment for anyone. But if it’s in front of millions of TV viewers, then it’s bound to add another level of stress, especially if the proposer is unsure the proposed with say yes.
Such was the case for Josh Murray when he asked Andi Dorfman to marry him on the finale of ABC’s “The Bachelorette” this season. In addition to becoming officially engaged, the two visibly engaged in deep breathing as the proposal took place.
As a former pro-baseball player Murray and his wife-to-be obviously know deep breathing can help calm the nerves. Although it’s unlikely many will ever be proposed to on national TV, they will invariably find ourselves in other stressful situations.
To calm yourself down, practice this simple breathing exercise: begin breathing deeply and slowly through the nose. Then hold for approximately three-to-five seconds before exhaling through the mouth. Repeat this act a couple times and you’ll soon feel calmer since this exercise can lower your heart-rate as well as your blood pressure.
Another exercise requires you to clench both hands into tight fists. As you push your arms and hands away from your body, open your hands out wide, and repeat. For a double-dose of calm, combine both the breathing and the clenching exercises into one.
A good way to make stress-free living part of your regular routine is to engage in 20 minutes of breathing exercises with the Breathslim® device. In addition to helping you breath better, it will also help you sleep sounder and awake with more energy and clarity to greet the day’s surprises—whether it’s having a rocky time at work or receiving an $85,000 rock in the shape of a Neil Lane engagement ring from “The Bachelorette” producers.