In case you hadn’t heard, 2020 is a leap year. It not only means we get to enjoy one more day of February, but come the 29th, it’s also traditional for us ladies to pop the question.
So if you’re planning to propose to your other half this February but are feeling a little uneasy about the whole thing, here are my top tips for staying cool, calm, and collected, and ensuring you enjoy every second.
Think about how you would like to do it, not how you think you should do it
Whether you’re planning something crazy and extravagant or small and intimate, think about what you want to do to make it special.
We’ve all seen the photos of the couples getting engaged on the top of the Empire State Building or on a beach in Bali, but it’s important to choose something which reflects your relationship and is personal to you. If they’d love a grand gesture, then go for it, but don’t feel like something a little more low key such as a romantic walk or a dinner at your favourite restaurant isn’t just as perfect.
Make sure you feel your best
Wearing something that you feel good in is an instant confidence boost. Remember, this is completely personal, so whether you feel your best when you’re all dressed up with your hair done, or are more comfortable in your polka dot PJs, the choice is down to you.
Take a minute and take a few breaths
If you’re feeling nervous when the moment arrives, my top tip is to breathe. It sounds simple, but you’d be surprised how your body reacts to new and important situations like this. Spend two minutes taking slow and steady breaths (set a timer on your phone if you need to) and I promise your nerves will be steadied and you’ll feel infinitely calmer.
Turn nerves into excitement
You’ve done the breathing, you’ve prepared what you’re planning to say and do, but you still have a stomach full of butterflies. Swap it around – think about the butterflies as excitement not nerves. Say to yourself “I’m excited about this! I am excited because I am about to do something really great and exciting!” This excited feeling tells you that this means a lot to you and feeling excited is a normal response.
Enjoy every second!
This is one of those moments in life that you’ll treasure forever, and when you look back, you’ll want to remember that you loved every second. This is the start of a new chapter in your life and to deserve to feel great about it.
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