Do you slouch because you’re stressed… or are you stressed because you’re slouching?

A recent study suggested that your posture can affect your physical body (muscles, core, joints, etc.)… and it can also affect your mood and how you interact with others. 

The study, published in the journal Health Psychology, found a significant link between your stress level and self-esteem.  How you feel can be affected by how you sit and stand. 

74 study participants either slouched or sat upright during reading and speech assignments. Later they were interviewed and asked to rate their mood, self-esteem, and sense of well-being.

The people who had the most upright posture showed higher self-esteem, a better mood, and a more confident feeling than the slouchers. 

Unsurprisingly, the “slouchers” showed more negativity and less resilience to stress.

Your small everyday actions — like how you sit and stand — can play a huge role in how you feel mentally, emotionally, and physically!

Try this for yourself. If you feel yourself slouching, take a second to adjust your posture (and a few relaxing breaths) and see if you feel a difference.