“Shift Your Body And You Shift Your Thoughts And The Vibration You Send Out.”
A philosophy referred to as embodied cognition defines the relationship between the body and the mind, and this relationship runs both ways. This means that the mind has an influence on how the body reacts as well as that the form or posture of the body determines the state of the mind.
Thus, you may be slumped over with shoulders and neck curved forward with the head facing down because you are feeling depressed and sad. But the opposite can also be true, i.e., you are feeling depressed and sad due to the slumped down posture of the body.
The posture of the body plays a big part in how we feel about ourselves
The form of the body does not refer to just the display of confidence over others; it is
also associated with real changes in the levels of hormones in the body. A non-slumped posture can reduce the levels of the stress hormone cortisol and increase the levels of testosterone in the brain, thereby resulting in happiness and sense of well-being.
It may be true that a person may be sitting in a slumped form because he/she is sad, but the opposite is also true, i.e., the person is sad because he/she is sitting in that specific posture.
There is an area in the brain which reflects confidence. It can be triggered through varied reasons, and the cause does not matter once the area gets triggered. It can be hard to differentiate between real confidence and confidence that arises from the simple act of just standing up straight.
“But we know that the process goes both ways, i.e., the posture can affect psychology and mood can affect the physiology. This can be compared to the well known fact that happiness results in smiling and that smiling can also lead to happiness.”
Varied experiments and studies have found that sitting in a helpless collapsed position promotes easy entry of negative memories and thoughts, while sitting in a powerful upright position facilitates easier entry of empowering memories and thoughts.
It can be concluded that the increase in the instances of collapsed walking and sitting, from looking down into our phones to sitting in front of computers, could very well have been responsible for the rise in cases of anxiety and depression over the recent years.
Breathing is another area of physiology that has an effect on the state of mind and psychology of a person
The body is continuously trying to maintain its unique state of equilibrium. This process is facilitated by the two opposing peripheral nervous systems, one (parasympathetic nervous system/PSNS) which acts as a brake and the other (sympathetic nervous system/SNS) which acts as gas. These systems control the heart rate during respiration in conjunction with the lungs so as to maintain the equilibrium.
Anxiety and other mental health disorders throw the body off this state of equilibrium. Hence, controlling the process of inhalation and exhalation via varied breathing techniques which can help control the PSNS and SNS systems in the body, which consequently affects the mind and helps calm it down.
The next time you are feeling anxious or depressed, check your breathing, posture, and other physiological aspects. Then correct them to feel a marked change in your mood.
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