Have you ever had a really bad day? If you’re human (please be human) I'm sure you have. But have you noticed how you sit and stand on those bad days? It’s likely that you’ll slouch and walk low with your head down. Now think about how you sit/stand when you’re having a great day. You’re most likely not slouching and are standing tall with confidence. As simple as it seems, it’s clear that our posture directly reflects our mood. So can we change our mood and attitude based on our posture? Let’s explore.
Trick Your Brain With Good Posture
It’s halfway through the year and you may find yourself slouching a little lower, and feeling slightly more demotivated than you were at the beginning of the year. But did you know that standing and sitting taller can trick your brain into making you feel more confident and motivated?
In a 2009 study, 71 students were asked to either sit in a slouched or tall position. The students were then asked to list three positive or negative traits about themselves that would contribute to their future in the professional working world. What was found, was that the students rated themselves according to the posture they were in – the bad posture students only described negative traits and the good posture students described positive traits. Those in the tall position found it easier to think positive, empowering thoughts and traits about themselves while those in the slouched position found it easier to think negative feelings of hopelessness and powerless.
Yikes! Imagine how slouching could be affecting your work, let alone your self confidence.
Need more proof? Just watch Amy Cuddy’s popular Ted talk on how changing your body position and language can impact your chances for success and shape who you are. Here she discusses how two minutes of ‘power poses’ a day actually changes the hormones in your brain and how we feel about ourselves as well as change the perception those around you have of you.
Good Posture Makes You Happier
Think back to your bad days where you’re slouched over with your head down. You’re sitting slouched over because you’re sad, but you’re also sad because you’re sitting this way. This is called embodied cognition – the idea that the relationship between our mind and body is linked in such a way that our mind influences the way our body acts, and visa versa.
Because of this, scientists have proved that a healthy posture can improve your mood and even ease the symptoms of depression. Many of us have jobs that require us to work at desks and a simple straightening of your back can serve as a small pick-me-up, reminding you to stand tall and be strong. Use the LUMO Lift to help you with that reminder - a posture sensor that you can wear around your waist during the day to help you develop better posture. The device watches for slouching and shifting to the side, then vibrates to remind you to sit up straight.
Next time you’re having a bad day and feeling low, pay close attention to your posture. It can’t hurt to sit up straight. Try it and get standing! And don’t forget to let us know if it helps.