How our life changes when we change our posture
Our posture has a strong influence on the quality and nature of our lives. Depending on how we feel, our posture also changes. If we are thoughtful or depressed, our shoulders fall forward and our backbends. If we rejoice, are proud and satisfied with our performance, we straighten up, assume a heroic position and often raise our arms.
Our posture is a habit and changes according to the situation. Just as our emotions influence posture, so does posture influence emotions, feelings and decisions.
If we adopt an upright and stable posture, the feelings of self-confidence, focus, concentration and testosterone levels increase. Anxiety is reduced and cortisol levels (stress hormone) are lowered. A curved and self-contained posture reduces motivation, causes indecision, increases feelings of anxiety and reduces self-confidence.
Depending on which posture we choose, we can negatively or positively influence our psyche, emotions, energy level and physical health.
Our posture has a strong influence on the energy level. With an upright posture, the blood and lymph fluid can flow undisturbed through the body. The cells are supplied with more oxygen, the concentration is increased and the emotional state is improved.
A crooked posture compresses the tissue, which inhibits the oxygen supply. Cells that cannot breathe reduce their function and eventually die. Already 2 minutes in an upright posture help to increase the energy level, to deal with stress better and to feel better.
If we are in an upright posture and swing our arms up and down, we feel more energetic, happy and positive. If we let our arms hang, our shoulders fall forward more quickly, which in turn increases feelings of sadness, loneliness, and sluggishness.
Better control of one’s own emotions
Depending on the posture, the hormone level is influenced differently. The hormones that dominate our body change our mood and state of mind. Our posture also influences our memories. It can either lead us to remember more negative or positive things.
If we sit in a crooked slightly forward bent position and look down, we often feel hopeless, helpless and powerless and remember negative situations. If we sit upright and look up, it becomes more difficult to almost impossible to remember hopeless, helpless, powerless and negative situations. In this position, it is easier to think of something positive.
An upright position also improves general memory. The upright position supports blood flow and oxygen supply to the brain, which increases concentration and functioning of memory.
If we are in an upright posture, this strengthens our self-confidence. Looking forward gives confidence, helps to find solutions and motivates to trust one’s own abilities and develop them. A crooked attitude, on the other hand, reinforces the fear of failure, increases concentration on one’s own mistakes and focuses on the negative.
In a forward curved kyphotic posture, the shoulders and chest fall forward, compressing the entire chest and abdomen. Mechanical compression of this kind to the heart and lungs disrupts the oxygen supply to the entire body. The stomach and intestines are also disturbed in their function. This can weaken the esophageal slit in the diaphragm and the esophageal sphincter so that gastric acid enters the esophagus and causes heartburn. The strong curvature slows down digestion, reduces the absorption of nutrients and increases the risk of constipation and hernias.
The correct posture reduces the strain on the spine, reduces tension and nerve injuries. If the posture is crooked, the joints and spine will be heavily strained, so muscles and connective tissue will help counteract the pressure. This creates muscle tension, which in turn compresses nerves, blood vessels and lymphatic tissue, leading to muscle discomfort, nerve damage and reduced blood flow.
In a curved posture, the natural curvature (kyphosis) in the thoracic spine and the extension to the front (lordosis) in the cervical spine increase. The short neck muscles and the rear neck muscles shorten and the front neck muscles work with an eccentric fall preventing muscle activity. This imbalance of the neck muscles influences the position of the cervical vertebrae and is a frequent cause of headaches. Nerve compression of the nerves in the cervical and thoracic spine often occurs, causing tingling and numbness in the arms, hands and back.
In an upright posture, the cervical and neck muscles stabilize the spine and balance it. Stretching and strengthening the head, neck and neck muscles is very helpful in relieving headaches.
Our posture is a habit. We often unconsciously adopt different postures. Depending on whether we are hungry, tired or sitting at our desk, our posture changes.
In order to achieve lasting changes, it is important to practice an upright posture every day. The more often we practice, the faster it becomes a new unconscious habit and part of our daily lives.
In the beginning exercises in front of the mirror are helpful to build up a better body feeling and to correct oneself. The brain then forms new networks so that the better posture feels more natural.
We can stand and sit in an upright posture. The feet stand firmly on the floor, the pelvis is parallel to the floor and is neither leaning forwards nor backwards. In this way, the spine swings into its normal curvature. This alignment of the pelvis and spine allows the head to float freely on the neck and keep the chin parallel to the floor.
In addition, stretching and strengthening exercises are very helpful to build muscle balance.
The more we practice upright posture in everyday activities, the faster we get used to it.
Note: An upright posture also means flexibility. A rigid upright posture often causes tension and reduced supply to the joint capsule.