Correct Your Posture to Cure Depression
Have you ever consciously checked your posture when you're feeling sad or joyful? Think about it for a moment.. How's your posture when you're sad? Is it like, slumber over with your neck, shoulders curved forward, and head facing down? How about when you are happier, joyful and proud? How’s your posture when you have these positive feelings? Shoulders back, head up and chest open isn't it?
Why is that do you think? Do we do that on purpose? Actually, no. Mind is connected to the body. Whatever you have in your mind is reflected through your body. Actually, this relation is both sided. Mind effects body and body effects mind which is called as embodied cognition. When you feel bad, your body slouches and when you slouch, you feel bad. That simple!
An aligned posture can change your hormones only within 2 minutes as Amy Cuddy's Power Pose research points out. Cuddy, a lecturer from Harvard University, proved with her study that testosterone level -hormone of self confidence in both men and women- can rise up to %20 and cortisol level - stress hormone- decreases by %25 only after 2 minutes of Power Pose, which proves how effective and significant it is to keep an aligned posture.
"The brain has an area that reflects confidence, but once that area is triggered, it doesn't matter exactly how it is triggered" indicates Richard Petty, professor of psychology at Ohio State University. "It can be difficult to distinguish between real confidence from the confidence that comes from just standing up straight." Amazing isn't it? Just train your body to stand straight and you'll boost your happiness and self-confidence!
Why do you think depression cases have increased that much in the past 30 years? There are surely many reasons behind that, one of which is undoubtedly our sitting and standing habits. Just think about the new sitting and walking styles that technology has brought to our lives.. We just collapse in front of our computers and keep looking down on our smart phones for hours! Here comes a regular slouched and collapsed posture which has a huge effect on our psychology. Moreover, this collapsed posture also results in frequent headaches, neck and back problems and many more that I will talk about under a different title.
How does Pilates help us to improve our posture?
Pilates is a mind-body intervention. Remember? Embodied cognition! Mind effects body, and body effects mind. Pilates creates and incredible balance between these two, focusing on core stability, flexibility, strength, breathing and movement control.
It trains us to develop and use core strength rather that creating superficial and imbalanced muscles. Engaging our deep core muscles - the abdominals, back and pelvic floor- allows the shoulders to relax, the neck and head move effortlessly and relieves the stress on the hips, legs and feet. As a result of this, walking, sitting or standing in an aligned posture becomes effortlessly and naturally possible.
Scheduling Pilates within your daily routine can be an amazing solution to your postural habits. A good Pilates workout designed to your needs will reshape your body perfectly over time, and the strength and flexibility of your body will be reflected to your general health, psychology, self-confidence and even to your success at work and in human relations.
Isn't it worth trying?