You have all heard how the mind and body are connected, but have you really put it into practice?
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When you think about the mind body connection, I am sure you think about being active. Being active might involve going for a walk, a run or going to a yoga class; and yes it is all great for your physical and mental health.
Yet have you considered the potential impact of how you hold yourself daily, both while you are active and inactive? How you sit at the desk, how you stand, how you hold yourself when you walk or run has an impact on you both physically and mentally.
In a physical way we can feel more energised when we have good posture. When you are correctly aligned, you are also less likely to get injuries from your activities. Yet it also impacts on us in a mental way too.
Just for a moment stop, let you shoulders drop forward, look down at the floor and imagine being confident and addressing a group of people...hard isnít it? Now stand up straight, eyes looking forward, spine aligned (no donít poke your chest out) and imagine being confident and addressing a group of people. Much easier.
What about standing tall while you are standing up to someone, or even being with a good friend. When you are with your friend and having a good posture, you may find that you can be more open, more you. How wonderful.
It might seem a bit tricky at first if you are not used to standing up straight, and you may find yourself forgetting or getting tired often. Donít worry, that is normal and will improve with time.
What I recommend
What I do recommend though is going off and getting a posture assessment with your physio or pilates instructor. This will ensure when you start standing up you are doing it correctly. Sounds funny, but I have been busy the last 18 months correcting my posture and strengthening my back, and I am really feeling the benefits in many ways now.
So go on stand up tall, have the courage to face the world as you.