How Posture Affects Your Mood

Published June 6th, 2017 by Dr. Hoder

Do you pay attention to the way you're sitting/standing throughout the day? Is your weight evenly distributed or are you leaning more weight on one leg? You might not think that your posture affects you as much as it does, especially when it comes to your mood. Various studies reveal that maintaining good posture can also help boost your mood and eliminate stress.

A Small Yet Effective Correction

Think about how you read your dog's mood. If their tail is tucked and their head is down it usually means something is wrong. Are you walking around with slumped shoulders, and your head down? A study from San Francisco State University Professor of Health Education Erik Peper, Ph.D., shows that individuals who walk with a slumped, or downcast posture can have feelings of depression or diminished energy.

This same research also discovered that those feelings can be reversed by simply correcting posture. Who knew improving your mood was as simple as standing up straight? Have you heard about power posing? It's essentially the same concept.

So, even if you don't feel 100% carry yourself as if you do! Improving your posture may actually improve your mood, boost your confidence and give you more energy to tackle your day-to-day. If you need help improving your posture, try chiropractic. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.

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