The first step in changing anything is awareness. How can you change your pain level if you don’t pay attention to your stress levels or contributing posture? Ignoring something doesn’t make it go away. Instead you will usually find it has made it worse. So what should we be aware of when it comes to alleviating our pain and generally feeling better about ourselves?
Pay attention to your posture. Are you developing text/computer neck from being attached to your devices all day? Does your lower back hurt from slouching in your seat? Are your shoulders sore from hunching over?
I’ve recently started using LumoLift and I noticed a difference almost immediately. I wear it on my clothes near my chest and it vibrates when I slouch. It also counts steps which works great in my case since I can’t wear anything around my wrist while massaging people all day. LumoLift forces me to be aware of my posture and by doing so I am strengthening my core and supporting muscles, improving muscle memory, and protecting my back. I look and feel better too!
I look and feel better when I’m aware of my posture. Amy Cuddy has done extensive research on the topic and I encourage you to view her TED talk (I have posted this before, so you know I think it rocks)
According to Cuddy, “power posing” or standing in a posture of confidence, even when we don’t feel confident can affect testosterone and cortisol levels in the brain and can increase our odds of success. Cuddy wrote on the Harvard Business Review blog, “This isn’t about what your body language is communicating to others; it’s about what your body language is communicating to you: Your body language is changing your mind, which changes your behavior, which changes your outcomes.”
You can go from bump on a log to super hero status with a simple shift in body language. How often do you pay attention to your posture when engaged in a professional or authoritative situation?
My challenge to you is to pick one thing to focus on. What are you going to pay close attention to? Do you need to work on standing up straight? Are you sad or feeling under confident? Try striking a power pose – even if you’re alone – and pay attention to how you feel after a few minutes. Now go out there and conquer the world!