If you often find yourself suffering from back and neck pain, you may have blamed your bed or even your pillow for the discomfort. But the real problem might be something else. Many of us spend hours looking down at our phones, hunched over our computers, or with our heads down to avoid making eye contact with strangers, and this is having a harmful effect on our energy levels. So is there a connection between correct posture and our emotional health?
Few people are aware that posture and emotional health are closely related. On the other hand, it’s not surprising that correct posture helps to improve:
- Tingling and numbness in feet
- Tingling and numbness in hands
A study from San Francisco State University found a link between lower levels of energy, depression, and poor posture. Feeling low on energy and depressed isn’t a great combination. People who seek help and cure often end up on antidepressants. It’s pretty disturbing to think that instead of giving these mind-altering drugs with numerous scary side effects some of these people might have been helped by posture improvements.
Carrying yourself properly not only that can boost your mood, but it can also help enhance your sense of power and control. When you hold your body in a manner that occupies space and opens it up, it can actually change the levels of hormones in your body and make you feel more open to taking risks.
So, the next time you’re low on energy try to sit properly instead of reaching for your favorite coffee. If you want to correct your posture and bring it back in line, here is how you can do it right away.
Bring your posture back in line
First of all, if you work on a computer elevate your computer screen. If you have a laptop, consider buying an external keyboard and a laptop stand. You’ll be surprised how big difference it will make. You should also consider replacing your chair with one that provides some support for your seat bones.
When you’re sitting, make sure that your body makes a 90-degree angle with your legs, hips, and torso and your feet are touching the floor. Always try not to sit with your legs crossed. Here you can read more about Why Cross-Legged Sitting is Dangerous
Elevate your shoulder blades and lift up your chest. Instead of letting your shoulders drop down; hold them in a squared-off angle or in a way that they form a 90-degree.
The executive director of National Posture Institute, Ken Baldwin, says that about 95 percent of people have distorted and weak middle trapezius muscles. Therefore, to activate the muscles he suggests pulling your shoulder blades back like you are holding a pencil in between them. He also recommends for helping keep your neck in line to press on your chin with your fingers and push it back.
At last, draw your belly button in toward your spine, and hold your position by keeping your core muscles contracted. Once you get this right, to make sure that you are still in the proper position check your posture from time to time.
By maintaining the correct posture, you will find an increase in your mood, confidence, energy. Also, a muscle pain, joint pain, and headaches, will become a thing of the past.
You might also want to read more about 9 Steps to Beat Depression and Improve Your Life