Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Day 3122 - Wellness Wednesday Quick Tip #13

Stand up straight! 


Did you know that our physiology can affect our psychology?

Something as simple as standing tall not only improves the posture but can also make us feel empowered.  If we stand up straight, pull our shoulders back, pull our stomach in and raise our chin slightly, we not only feel more energised and positive but we're opening up our airways to take in better quality air that circulates through our body and makes all those feel good chemicals stand to attention.

Research from the Kellogg School of Management at North Western University in 2011 found that good posture lead to greater career success:

"Positioning oneself in a way that opens up the body and takes up space, activates a sense of power that produces behavioural changes in a person, independent of their actual rank or hierarchical roles in an organisation."

So stand tall and you will not only feel more confident, but you're likely to start thinking and acting in a more confident way, which in turn will affect the way others perceive you.

18 comments :

  1. here I am slouched over as I read this! Yes, yes, yes - this definitely applies to me. Only gets worse as we age too if we're not in good habits.
    Christine @boomingOn

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  2. Love this Leanne and also glad to see you participating in Wellness Wednesdays. I know that when I stand taller I automatically feel so much better about myself. I was starting to be round shouldered but doing yoga has certainly strengthened by back. Thanks for sharing at Midlife Share the Love Party and have a great week! Sharing on social media. #MLSTL
    Sue from Sizzling Towards 60 & Beyond

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  3. Very good tip and reminder!

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  4. I'm tall and I tend to slouch a bit because almost everyone is shorter than I am. I do notice that when I sit up straight or stand tall, it does make a difference to my sense of place in the world. Thanks for linking up with us at #MLSTL and I've shared this on my SM xx
    Leanne | www.crestingthehill.com.au

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  5. Yes indeed! I find myself clenching my hands/fingers and once I release them ahhhh relaxed! Great to connect with the physiology. Our bodies teach us so much IF we listen! Denyse. from #mlstl link up

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  6. Enjoyed reading this and I'm sharing on social media! #MLSTL
    Brought back memories of my mom calling out to me as I set out for school ~ Stand up straight, Shoulders back! Today, I still here her voice and she was right! :)
    www.meinthemiddlewrites.com

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    1. I'll check back later as I don't see your Share Buttons. :)

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  7. I'm working on posture, as I realize I look and feel better when I'm straight and tall! Good words!

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  8. My posture is terrible. I know I need to improve it but I find myself slouching a lot.

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  9. I tend to slouch but I am always reminding myself to stand tall and breath deep. As I sit here reading and typing now I am slouched sitting on my tailbone. lol

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  10. Yes, Leanne, I agree! And if you're really in need of courage (or determination), plant your feet and put your hands on your hips for "you are a Wonder Woman" pose!

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  11. Good reminder for everybody, but especially as we age it seems easier to sag a bit! Using a mirror to watch the difference from sag to straight is enough to keep it front of mind!!

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  12. Oh dear! I've heard this comment all my life - to stand tall and walk with my chin up! But I do agree that better posture makes for a better gait and does prevent knee and hip problems

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  13. Thank you for reminding us that it does not take much to look after ourselves
    https://lookingfabulousat50.blogspot.com.au/

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  14. I love the idea of taking up more space. Standing tall is something I do naturally but I do tend to squeeze myself into the smallest space, both literally and figuratively. Thanks for the reminder.

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  15. Our mothers were right when they told us to stand up straight. And it makes sense that translate into appearing to be more confident and then feeling more confident. With all of us using devices 24/7 our postures have suffered, I am afraid. This whole next generation may resemble Quasimodo.

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