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How You Stand Can Change Your Life: Posture, Movement and Mood Part 3 of 3

When I ran classes in assertiveness and communication skills I used an exercise in body language.  One person stood before the class and silently repeated a negative statement about herself to herself.  At a point of her own choosing, she switched to a positive statement, again silently.  The group’s task was to point out when the switch occurred.  It rarely took more than a few seconds for the change in self-talk to show up in her stance and for the group to spot the transition.

Now, research shows that the reverse is also true–changing the way you stand can affect, not only your self-talk, but your levels of confidence and of stress.    Read more

How You Move Can Change Your Mood: Posture, Movement and Mood Part 2 of 3

Lack of energy is another feature of low mood.  In the midst of depression, it can feel like you’re walking through glue.  But even on the odd down day when our mood could not be classified as depression, energy levels can be debilitatingly low.  The treatment is often medication.  But studies suggest that getting up and moving our body in specific ways, could significantly boost our energy levels. Read more