The fastest way to get out of a bad mood and into a good mood is to change your physical state.
Recent studies in neuroscience on the topic of the mind-body connection reveal that what you do with your body forces your mood to follow suit. It’s not the reverse, as most people tend to think. In fact, posture improvement exercises have been a leading the way in new therapies for treating conditions such as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and other major cognitive issues.
So, if your posture sucks, it’s likely you’ll find yourself having negative thoughts. And those thoughts will continue to reinforce your sucky posture.
Over time you may become a chronic sloucher because your muscles get used to being in a slouched forward position. So now you’re walking around not even realizing that you are sending a message to others about your self-doubt, inadequacy, negativity and sadness, not to mention you are reinforcing negative thoughts.
It’s important to tune into your body more often. You’ll be able to see how your mood is affected. And when you do notice negative thoughts or anxiety, simply change your physical state to immediately snap out of a bad or toxic mental state.
Use this simple body hacks to become confident and shift your mood to feel better.
#1. Stand tall and be tall
A simple way to boost your mood is to throw your shoulders back so they are aligned with your body, not pulled forward. Push your chest out. You can do this anytime you notice your posture is out or anytime you notice negative thoughts or a low mood.
If you consistently have bad posture because you’ve trained yourself to be a consistent negative thinker over the years, or because you sit at a computer all day, you’ll need do to some daily training to improve your muscles.
Having consistently bad posture trains your pectoral muscles to tighten and your back muscles to weaken. The muscles that hold a joint in place are imbalanced so you need to retrain your body, you need to recalibrate and reset. This requires a small daily effort.
Besides noticing when your posture is not straight and correcting it you can do the following simple exercises to improve your postural muscles:
Step 1: Pectoral stretch
Put your hands at your ear level but behind your head. Bend your arms at the elbow and push your arms back. This stretches your pectoral muscles. Hold for 30 seconds.
Step 2: Flies
Bend forward slighting at your waist. Use 8 or 10 lb weights. Bend elbows. Press shoulders together to and tighten core to lift weights to the side. Do fifteen reps.
Alternate Step 1 with Step 2 three times. Make it easy on yourself to incorporate them into your schedule. Do them while you’re watching tv or after your brush your teeth in the morning.
This will help you train your body to have better posture and as result you’ll have a most positive, confident mindset.
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#2. Be Super, Become Super
Anytime you notice you have bad posture, are feeling anxious or negative in any way, go find a mirror and strike a pose like a superhero. Learn how.
#3. Create a Pump It Up Routine
A “Pump It Up” routine is a way to get your energy levels up by moving your body in any way that inspires you. Download the PDF below to learn how to create one.
#4. Good mood conditioning
All humans are information processing machines. Our thoughts dictate our actions. It’s why being a habitual negative thinker can be a drain on your life. It’s damages you and what’s possible for you. So it’s worth it to do so work to train yourself to thinking positively. Here’s a simple and extremely effective hack:Wear an elastic band on your wrist. (more on this in the downloadable PDF below).
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