Taking Care of You Tip: Stand tall

It’s pretty common for people to say that you can’t take care of others unless you take care of yourself. This makes profound sense. I plan to make a real effort to incorporating self care tips to this kindness blog. Healthcare experts vary in their advice, depending on their field. However, their the message is unifying: one small change can make a big difference in our lives. I hope this new set of tips help.

If you are feeling down, check out how you are standing. Those who are deep in depression tend to have a slouched posture. Conversely, this slouched posture can actually trigger sadness and despondence. Mental health experts call this outcome “embodied cognition.” This could be a quick way to shift this action and change your mindset.

1) Stand against a wall, making sure that your heels, bottom, and shoulders are touching that wall. The lower back curves, so don’t expect it to make complete contact with the wall.
2) Lower the chin just a bit and keep your head away from the wall. Visualize yourself standing tall like a giraffe.
3) Keep this position for 20-30 seconds. After this time move away from the wall, while keeping this posture. If possible, walk around like this for another minute or two before sitting.

Try this before you walk out the door in the morning. Try to maintain this tall posture as you leave the house and start you daily journey.



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