Depression and Posture

Good posture.

We know it when we see it. We know it when we do it.

But we forget so easily. And we hunch our backs. We angle our head down toward the floor. And, over time, we become less and less familiar with how our back feels when it’s in the proper position to support our total body’s functioning.

But let me ask you a question: Do you ever sit like this?

Posture and Depression the proper sitting posture by kaibara87

That is a cat with terrible posture! Cats have a much more flexible spine than humans do. He can afford to sit like that, but you can’t!

The photo above is a joke (did it make you smile?) but there is a serious connection between posture and depression.Posture and Depression | Spine Disorders | Donald Corenman, MD | Back Surgery Colorado by neckandback

There is the obvious; depressed people will tend to hold themselves in a certain way that includes bad posture. Chin down, eyes downcast, hunched shoulders, shuffling walk, rounded back.

And then there is the not so obvious. The same connection seems to work backwards; a bad posture can lead to depression.

Strange, but true.

Slouching and bad posture puts ligaments and disks in unnatural positions that cause degeneration and pain as we age. It also causes the spine to lose shape and mobility, and severely affects your breathing.

Poor posture, especially when combined with poor breathing, collapses your trunk and causes a sunken chest as the chin and stomach juts out forward. This will not only interfere with your balance and mobility, but also cause sluggishness and even depression.

Bad posture will gradually erode the health of your body by placing inappropriate pressure on your glands and organs and by failing to support them adequately. It will interfere with the healthy flow of energy and blood circulation into your body, which is absolutely necessary for vitality and health.

So no matter what way you look at it, good posture equals good news, and bad posture equals bad news.

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Not only will you look better, stronger and more graceful, but you’ll actually also feel better and raise your chances for living healthier and longer.

How to Adopt Good Posture

  1. Tuck your chin in and lift your head by the crown in order to lengthen the back of the neck.
  2. Bring your shoulders back and push them down (away from the ears) at the same time.
  3. Tilt your pelvis forward, without pushing your stomach out.
  4. Elongate your body, feel as if there is a string at the top of your head pulling towards the sky, feel your body straightening.

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If you’re not used to standing and sitting in a proper way, with good posture, then it’s absolutely imperative that your correct this.

It is absolutely possible to correct your posture, it might take a while, as you will have to be vigilant about not reversing to an old learned posture that might feel more comfortable, but it is completely possible to adopt a better and healthier posture.

Here’s a short video where you can see the proper standing pose and how to know what ‘good posture’ is.