Feeling Moody and Depressed? Why your Posture Might have Something to Do with It!
The 21st Century has birthed a ‘slouching’ society. It’s a fact. As the world transitions fully from industrial to technological, it has taken a toll on the health and well-being of the population. For example, you might be working a 9-5, and thus, spend the whole day slumped up in a chair staring at the computer.
After you get off from work, you are slumped up on the sofa again catching an episode of your favorite drama series. Eventually, you go to sleep with a spine curved like The Hunchback of Notre Dame. End of story!
How Posture affects your mental health
In fact, health scientists have known for years that poor posture, as a result of a sedentary lifestyle, is lethal in the long run. Not only does it increase your chances of heart disease tenfold, it also exposes you to other chronic diseases such as diabetes. Moreover, to add insult to injury, it turns out that poor posture also affects mental well-being too!
William Smith, co-author of the critically acclaimed fitness book Exercises for Perfect Posture, says that people spend a large chunk of their time craning their necks in front of a computer or a smartphone. In turn, the poor posture developed exacerbates the symptoms of mental disorders such as anxiety and depression.
Heck, even though you might currently be in the good-books with yourself in terms of your mentality, there are concrete reasons to justify that you might be a happier person if you stood up much straighter. Here’s why:
More energy and happiness overtime
The more slouching you do, the more unwanted strain and stress applied to the spine. Over time, this can make one feel much heavier and experience unwanted aches. Which goes without saying that these aches will make you quite irritable!
Hold up, this isn’t just a hypothesis.
Studies have actually shown that there is a strong link between fatigue and bad posture in persons suffering from depression. As a matter of fact, a 2017 study by the Journal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry discovered that patients who suffered from mild depression felt livelier by simply sitting up straight. They also felt less anxious!
It will boost your confidence
One of the things that you notice about Hollywood celebrities is how good their posture is. That’s because they understand the dynamics of the situation. Having good posture inadvertently portrays confidence, and shows that you are comfortable with who you are. Now just picture the converse. Would you want to become a fan of a celebrity with a poor posture akin to that of a sullen teen? You would subconsciously take this as a sense of weakness.
You’ll be more open to socializing
People with an upright posture are automatically attractive, and more likely to strike up conversations with others. Why is this the case? Naturally, human beings are visual creatures. They get attracted to what they see first before what they hear. Hence, an individual with great posture is deemed as someone of high value, and someone worth listening to. On the contrary, an individual with poor posture is automatically written off as defensive, and less attractive.
That being said, posture is an important part of your daily life. You can strive to improve it by dedicating a couple of minutes every day to perform exercises such as overhead squats, back extensions, and planks. Not only will it improve your mental health in the long run, but also the mental picture that others have of you.
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