Your posture and the way you use your body has a deep effect on your mood, self-image, energy and could lead to, or prevent, many physical injuries. Being aware of your body language and using it to your advantage also boosts your level of confidence. When you are feeling self-confident it feels easier to sell your product, expand your network or even to persuade and influence people. Changing your posture is a small step and a good step to start with if you are just getting into personal development. However if you have already started with personal development it is still a very important thing to be aware of.
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Great standing posture
Stand tall with good posture. Status, power and confidence are displayed non-verbally through the use of height and space. Keeping good posture, with your shoulders relaxed and your head held high makes you look sure of yourself. If you stand with your feet close together, you might appear hesitant or unsure of what you are doing. However when you widen your stand, relax your knees and centre your weight in your lower body. You will look more solid and confident. If you stand you will look more powerful and assured to those who are seated.
Body posture could also increase performance for the long term and physically it avoids unnecessary injuries such as back pain. Not having any physical injuries allows you to focus more intensely on the things that really matter. Now that you are fully aware of the dangers and benefits of posture. I would like to show you several ways to improve it.
Improve posture through self-reflection
One way to become more self-aware of your body language is by analysing your posture right now. Are you satisfied with your posture? In this image below you can see what good sitting posture looks like.
Especially now, when so many of us are sitting at a desk all day, it’s important to follow these basic guidelines. Both for your posture and for your physical health. If you work long hours at a desk and have the option, use a chair that’s designed for proper supporting you based on your height and weight. If this is not an option, try using a little pillow for lower back support. Next, align your back with the back of the office chair. This helps avoiding slouching or leaning forward, which you may find yourself doing after focussing intensely or sitting too long at your desk. If you work on computers at an office, position the monitor on an angle a bit more upwards than you would if you were in more of a slouching position. This will force you to sit upright to see the screen better.
Lastly it is important to keep both of your feet on the ground or footrest (if your legs don’t reach all the way to the ground). This provides you with a more stable posture that is easier to maintain. If you learned something from this blog, there are a lot more blog posts to read!