“Posture has such a big impact on the way people perceive you.” – Mary Helen Bowers
Did you straighten your back when you read the title? (I know I did!)
My dad’s been reminding me to stand up straight since I was a little girl. I’d listen for a moment, straightening my back and lifting my head for a few seconds, but before I knew it, I was back to having awful posture.
Different minor injuries and discomfort over the years have encouraged me to have good posture. However, without those painful factors literally forcing me to sit or stand like I’m wearing a corset, I end up resorting to my usual slouched way of sitting, walking, and living.
It is so very easy in the age of electronics to slouch over our little mobile devices. It’s crazy to me how comfortable and normal that position seems – until you try to come out of it. It’s like every part of your body that’s involved (neck, shoulders, back) are suddenly screaming at you, when just a moment ago, they seemed fine in that frozen, slouched position!
I really don’t understand it. But, there will always be some things we just do not know.
Silliness aside, I wanted to make the topic of good posture part of this mindful challenge, because it is so very important to me. I’ve struggled with maintaining good posture for years, and I know there at least a few people (if not everyone who reads this) who will be able to relate. Back/neck/shoulder pain is absolutely no fun! And the simple action of mentally encouraging ourselves to stand a little taller, lifting our heads a littler higher, will take us places – I know it will.
I’m thinking about setting a few alarms on my phone to go off at certain times throughout each day that remind me to keep my head high. Just like I increasingly got better at drinking the right amount of water by using an app on my phone to keep track (you can go read my other tips on that subject here!), standing up straight takes reminding ourselves – a lot. That seems simple enough, right?
(Now, if only I could convince my back that it’s a good idea … why does it get so tired when I sit/stand correctly??)
Why I Want To Maintain Good Posture:
- It will slowly get easier for me over time.
- I’ll come across as more alert and mindful.
- It hurts when I continually slouch!
- Good posture feels better in the long run.
- I’ll be caring for my body in a very small way.
- I’ll be more thoughtful about how I look to others.
- It helps me remember to stretch my neck and shoulders.
Why do you want to maintain good posture?
Will you join me on this challenge?
“Good posture is the one most important thing anybody can do now to look better.” – Helen Gurley Brown