Change your pos­ture, change your mind

psy­chol­o­gist and au­thor noa Belling re­veals the easy, restora­tive poses that can make a big im­pact on your con­fi­dence and well­be­ing.

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Easy, restora­tive poses for your well­be­ing

Cer­tain­pos­tures can change the way you feel, giv­ing you con­fi­dence, en­ergy and peace when you need it. It’s as easy as hold­ing a pose for a few sec­onds and feel­ing how it af­fects you. Do the fol­low­ing poses, as of­ten as you need, to man­age stress and help calm you down.

The con­fi­dence pose: hands on hips

If you need a con­fi­dence and as­sertive­ness boost, or you wish to calm your anx­i­ety lev­els and re­duce shy­ness, use a ‘high power’ pose for two min­utes. Re­searcher Amy Cuddy clas­si­fied dif­fer­ent body po­si­tions as ‘high power’ or ‘low power’ based on their ef­fects. In gen­eral, the high power poses take af­fect across the chest area, while stand­ing up­right. Th­ese poses al­low you to in­flate your chest area, dis­play­ing con­fi­dence, like an ele­phant fan­ning out its ears to make it look big­ger. Low power poses close around your chest area – arms crossed, head bent down.

While hold­ing the con­fi­dence pose, take a few con­scious breaths, breath­ing in to fill your chest area for a count of three and out for five, to en­cour­age your body to re­lax in the pose. Even if this feels un­nat­u­ral for you, know­ing that you can in­crease your con­fi­dence when you need to is em­pow­er­ing. It can help give you a boost be­fore an im­por­tant pre­sen­ta­tion, an in­ter­view or a chal­leng­ing meet­ing.

The cen­tred pose: hands To­gether

Plac­ing your hands in a prayer pose has been linked with feel­ing cen­tred, con­tem­pla­tive and con­tent. Largely due to the bio­chem­i­cal as­so­ci­ated with feel­ing this way: sero­tonin. Sero­tonin is a neu­ro­trans­mit­ter man­u­fac­tured in the brain and the in­testines, and in­flu­ences your mood. Low lev­els of sero­tonin are linked to de­pres­sion, ob­ses­sive com­pul­sive dis­or­der, anx­i­ety, panic, at­ten­tion deficit dis­or­ders, im­pulse con­trol dis­or­ders and ex­ces­sive anger. Abun­dant sero­tonin is as­so­ci­ated with a quiet, and a deep sense of con­tent­ment and well­be­ing. This is in con­trast with dopamine, which

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