Did you know there is a short cut to feeling happier and more confident?

You won’t be surprised when I tell you what it is.

As a child, I was always told stand up straight.

I never understood it then, I do now and it all makes sense.

Yes, you guessed it’s your posture. Improving posture as you walk or relax is a proven way to feel happy and confident.

Research shows not only does good posture result in less back pain it has powerful effect on our mood.

Vietta E.Wilson and Peper’s study in 2004 showed that ‘sitting collapsed’ looking downwards resulted in powerlessness, negative memories and a sense of hopelessness, then sitting upright looking up.

They also found that skipping even for a minute significantly increased energy levels and alertness.

The effects are due to a mind-body relationship. Our brain responds to our body movement just as our body’s movement reflect our moods.

The mind-body connection is a two-way street. When you move your body in a different way’s it affects your mood.

As you know I am all about how we can live happier lives using our mind and body to its full potential.

To get you feeling happier try out these tips:

Skip:

When was the last time you hop skipped and jumped? Just like you did when you were a child?

Peper says even one minute a day of skipping, reaching back and forth with your arms and engaging your whole body in the process will make you feel more energised and happy. (my favourite feeling)

Sit up straight:

Pay attention to how you sit, when you are sitting at the computer, whilst texting, tweeting or watching TV. Align your back with the back of the seat. Keep your shoulders straight and squared.

Stand up straight:

When I work with my clients on body confidence and their self-esteem, not just in relationships but in every area of life, one of the first things we work on is holding your head up high.

I know it sounds easy, but catch your reflection as you walk past a shop window. Pay attention and notice when you walk if you do just that you will be surprised.

So this is how it works because we all need a reminder now and again. Here goes:

Head up, shoulders back, chest out, eyes looking straight ahead. Rock back and forth from your heels to the balls of your feet, notice how your body shifts from slouching to more upright. Keep your shoulders squared. Check in on yourself that you’re doing this each time you are standing. Before you know it, it will become second nature.

As a Coach, I need a reminder too so thank you Zarah Pederson for keeping me in check!

Pay attention to your body today, how you sit how you walk and notice how you feel.

Let me know how you get on. I would love to hear from you.

Here is to walking tall.

Wajeeha

"If only you could sense how important you are to the lives of those you meet; how important you can be to people you may never even dream of. There is something of yourself that you leave at every meeting with another person." ~Fred Rogers​

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