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Today, I want to dive into the fascinating connection between our emotions and how they have a profound impact on the way we carry ourselves – our posture. Yes, you heard it right! Our feelings, those swirling emotions inside us, play a pivotal role in shaping our body language.
So, let's embark on this enlightening journey of understanding and make some positive changes to our lives along the way.
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Picture this: You wake up on a bright morning, feeling unstoppable, motivated, and ready to take on the world. Notice how you stand tall, shoulders back, and chin up. This confident posture doesn't come from nowhere; it's the result of your empowering emotions propelling you forward.
Conversely, when you experience moments of doubt, fear, or sadness, your posture may falter, slumping your shoulders and lowering your gaze.
It's crucial to recognize that feelings are not just abstract sensations but are intricately tied to our body language.
Reverse engineering the posture
Most people think that the brain sends signals to the body. But in fact its the other way around too. The body sends signal to the brain. And here is the interesting thing, every message! Every single message and we have thousands of these every minute. Contains a neurological chemical.
It could either contain dopamine, which makes us more motivated. It could contain cortisol which makes us more stressed or endorphins which makes us feel good.
This all depends on the message. If its pain, the message will have some cortisol if its a positive the message might contain endorphins.
So here is a beautiful lesson in itself!
We want to have a positive cocktail of chemicals inside ourselves at all times. Not only will this make us feel better, but we will perform better and in turn our posture will improve automatically without even thinking about it!
Remember how positive feelings makes us stand taller?
So if you have discomfort, pain or bad thoughts constantly you will never improve. Because this is in fact what´s holding you back from achieving what you want.
Instead, acknowledge where you are at. Changes to our body will not happen instantly but they happen overtime. And if you want to feel good in the future you will have to practice!
I know what you are thinking. How do I practice feeling good when I'm not?
Simply spend 10 minutes, looking at yourself in the mirror and be grateful for who you are, where you are at. You are alive, you are well. You are doing good, and I fucking love you! Tell yourself that you care, no one cares so much about yourself like you do. Its time to show yourself some love.
Feel the changes happening in the body. The chest stretches out, the heart opens, the spine elongates. This is how feelings affect your posture.
How to take control of your feelings and affect your posture
The way we hold ourselves communicates volumes about our emotional state to the world around us. The good news is that we can harness this connection to our advantage.
When we talk about healthy posture, we envision an individual who exudes self-assurance and strength. Think about it – someone who stands tall, with an open chest and relaxed yet purposeful movements. This powerful stance signals to the world that they are confident, competent, and fully engaged in the present moment.
When we are in this posture, our brain releases hormones like testosterone, boosting our sense of empowerment. In turn, this biofeedback reinforces the feeling of confidence, creating a positive feedback loop between our emotions and body language.
So, how do we tap into this cycle to foster good feelings through posture?
Stand tall like a mountain: Visualize yourself as an unshakable mountain. Plant your feet firmly on the ground, with your weight evenly distributed. Lift your chest and keep your spine straight, imagining a string pulling you gently upwards from the top of your head.
Open up your chest and shoulders: Release any tension by gently rolling your shoulders back. This open stance not only conveys confidence but also helps you breathe more deeply, promoting a sense of calm and control.
Maintain eye contact: Engaging in eye contact when appropriate reflects your attentiveness and presence. It also creates a connection with others, reinforcing your assertive demeanor.
The Link between performance and posture:
When we're highly motivated, we feel energized, enthusiastic, and ready to tackle challenges head-on. Our body language mirrors this inner drive, as we radiate determination and purpose.
However, there are times when motivation wanes, and our posture tends to mirror this slump. We might find ourselves hunched over, moving sluggishly, and avoiding eye contact. The mind-body connection is at play once again, impacting our emotional state based on how we carry ourselves.
We can reverse this cycle and boost our motivation through posture:
Power poses: Ever heard of power poses? Take a cue from Wonder Woman or Superman! Stand tall, hands on hips, with your chest open wide. Research suggests that adopting such expansive postures can actually increase testosterone levels and boost feelings of power and motivation.
Movement and energy: Shake off lethargy and lack of motivation by engaging in physical activity. Jump up and down, do some jumping jacks, or simply stretch your body. Movement releases endorphins, which can lift your mood and rekindle motivation.
Set goals and celebrate progress: Establish clear, achievable goals, and celebrate your victories – big or small. Each achievement fuels motivation and encourages you to maintain a positive and dynamic posture towards future challenges.
Feelings and posture are not separate entities; they are intertwined forces influencing each other. By embracing our emotions and leveraging the mind-body connection, we can cultivate assertive and motivated body language. Let's stand tall, open ourselves to the world, and confidently take steps towards a more empowered and fulfilling life. Remember, it all starts from within, and your posture can be a powerful ally in your journey of personal growth and self-discovery. Embrace the connection, and let your feelings guide you towards an assertive and motivated you!