Science News: Poor Posture is Killing Your Confidence! 

Posture is the structural framework of your body. It is not a position, but a dynamic pattern of reflexes, habits, and adaptive responses to anything that resists you being more or less upright and functional, such as:

  • Gravity
  • Awkward working conditions
  • Abnormal anatomy
  • Athletic challenges

Posture is also more than the sum of those parts. It is the way you live, the shape of your flexible “container,” the physical manifestation of your comfort zone.

A proper posture is associated with health and optimal human function. Slouched posture is associated with weakness, poor physical conditions, decreased confidence, and deficits of neurologic function.

We tend to move and hold ourselves in ways that serve social and emotional needs, or avoid clashing with them: posture can be happy or sad, brave or fearful, submissive or dominant, indifferent or anxious. The challenges and rewards of changing your posture are not just musculoskeletal. Posture can alter your emotions and affect how confidently you approach situations and solve problems, which affect how powerful you appear to others.

Mentally fatigued? Nervous? Stressed? Take a super-stance. 

There is a simple approach that you can use to overcome anxiety, lessen stress, and boost your confidence. The best part? It works instantaneously and only takes two minutes to prep.

Yup. Simply by standing like Wonder Woman (or Superman) — feet apart, hands on hips, chest out — for two minutes, you can re-boot yourself. This is not a joke. It’s science!

Researchers from Columbia and Harvard Universities have classified different body positions as “high power” or “low power” poses. In their studies, they found that when high power poses are held for two minutes, cortisol, a stress hormone, is reduced by up to 25 percent while testosterone increases by 20 percent (even for women).

The “so what” to this is that higher levels of testosterone (in both men and women) lead to increased feelings of confidence. Meanwhile, lower levels of cortisol result in decreased anxiety and an improved ability to deal with stress.

High power poses, like Wonder Woman or a Reflexive V, not only can result in greater self-confidence and increase the confidence others have in us, but such expansive poses, in which chest and arms are open rather than closed, can help prevent recovering alcoholics from relapsing; help people take initiative and risks; and even increase pain tolerance.

So, when feeling fatigued or stressed or before heading into a stressful situation, strike a two-minute power pose. And always avoid slouching or otherwise “folding into yourself” or “making yourself smaller.”

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Distress or Chronic Stress

Distress or chronic stress is uncontrollable, prolonged, or overwhelming stress. Once stress becomes distress, the body manages to survive though not always to thrive. For example, when faced with periods of chronic stress, the body’s immune system function is lowered, and the digestive, excretory, and reproductive systems no longer function the way they should. In a state of distress, the cells of the immune system (and other body systems) are unable to respond normally and produce levels of inflammation which increase the risk of further health issues.

Homeostasis

Homeostasis refers to your body’s ability to regulate itself and maintain a comparatively stable internal environment despite external and internal conditions and events.

Your body is designed to be in a state of homeostasis, where all the systems within are functioning optimally.

Stressor

Stressor is anything that is perceived by the body as challenging, threatening or demanding.

Health Story

In the context of My Wellbeing Compass, your “Health Story” represents the combination of your dis-eases, conditions, symptoms and the history that binds them together. It is multi-layered and multi-dimensional. Unearthing and resolving the root causes at the core of your Health Story is the only way to truly rewrite this Story.

Natural Self-repair Mechanisms

The body is made up of intelligent, living cells that are dynamically connected. They communicate and just know what to do and when to do it in any given situation. They grow, replicate, repair, and age. Every 90 days, the body has a new bloodstream; every year, it manufactures billions of new cells; colon cells refresh every 4 days; the skin is entirely regenerated every 2-3 weeks; white blood cells regenerate in about 1 year; the liver renews itself at least once every 2 years; and the skeleton replaces its cells entirely every 10 years.

You are an incredibly complex, interactive, and dynamic living organism that is well-equipped with self-repair mechanisms that can fight infections, eliminate toxins, fix damaged DNA, destroy cancer cells, and even slow down aging.

This natural self-healing ability (also referred to as cellular intelligence or body’s innate intelligence) explains spontaneous remissions from seemingly “incurable” diseases.

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