A first impression sets the standard for how people will perceive you. Poor posture often denotes a lack of excitement or a lethargic personality. It shows that you don't really like what you're doing. You aren't lazy. You just aren't happy with what you do. Statistics show that if you don't like your job, you're normally less productive. Poor posture is one of the first signs that you would rather be somewhere else.
The Cycle Associated with Poor Posture
The psychological effects of poor posture include:
- decreased motivation
- a lack of self-confidence
This creates a vicious cycle. The more depressed you get, the more you slouch. The more you slouch, the more depressed you are, and so on. Poor posture isn't natural. It closes off your body, causing stress in your muscles and joints. The chronic pain that results has a direct impact on your mood and overall well-being. If you sit up straight, you breathe better, and your mind is clearer and more focused. You have a better outlook on life because you're looking up.
Good Posture, Better Outlook
Good posture does several things for your body and mind, including:
- increases productivity
- gives you self-confidence
- see the bigger picture
- are more motivated
- reopens blocked channels
- allows you to breathe more deeply
You accept new ideas and you are more creative. Your imagination starts to pick up. You actually look forward to getting things done and moving on to your next task or project. When you sit up straight, you're open to new things. Poor posture tends to close you off. This isolates you and keeps you from breathing properly. The ability to draw in deep breaths provides your body with the oxygen and nutrients it needs to function at optimum levels.
Embrace Your Purpose and Increase Your Productivity
If you know you have a purpose, you walk through life with your shoulders back and eyes to the future. If you have poor posture, it can mean you have lost sight of that purpose. While it's not always easy to just throw your shoulders back and put your game face on, performing simple steps to improve your posture will also work to improve your mood. Take a deep breath or two and you can feel your body relax. This can't be done when you're slouching. Deep breaths give your brain a burst of oxygen. More oxygen means clearer thinking. Clearer thinking means better focus and brighter days.Keep your head up so that you can look at the world around you. Ask questions and search until you find the answers you're looking for. If you're looking up, your shoulders and back will follow. Improving your posture isn't difficult, it just takes a little thinking and a desire to do more with your life than just walk through it. After a while, good posture will be second nature and, even though you may not know your purpose, you will be on the path to finding it.