Want to be More Confident?  Improve Your Posture

Most people suffer from low self-esteem.  In fact, studies show that as many as 85% of people are affected by low self-esteem.  It’s reasonable to say that if you’re reading this, there is part of you that lacks confidence.  And it’s reasonable to say that confidence is a skill you can learn, and you can even “hack” doing better.  Yep, adjusting your posture and body language will help lead to an increase in self-esteem and confidence.  As a chiropractor in Billings, I’m all about the body and mind connection, so let’s dive into that.

Why does Better Posture Exude Confidence?

Humans are equipped with what we call fight of flight… although newer studies also include “fawn.”  Fawn is when you know you’re dealing with a superior person, instead of fighting or running, you suck up to them.  That didn’t always work, especially in our primitive brains where fight or flight was developed as a response to outside threats (usually from aggressive animals).

Part of the flight response isn’t always just to run away really fast.  If you’re out on the African Savanna just trying to find some berries to eat, and you’re chased by a lion, you’re not going to get away.  To defend yourself, you may curl into the fetal position and hope the beast retreats because you’re not interesting anymore.

Today, that action can be mimicked with slouching, or otherwise curling into ourselves.  It’s an outward representation of defense, but our brains are triggered to think something is wrong and we are not safe.  A lack of safety means a lack of confidence.

By sitting up straight, pulling our shoulders back a little, and lifting our chins, we open ourselves up.  We create a show of confidence that subconsciously says, “I’m exposing my soft belly where my vital organs are, because I’m strong enough to handle attacks.”  People who see our upright posture and demeanor, subconsciously think that we are forces to be reckoned with.  But more importantly, our brains tell us that we are amazing, we are awesome, and we can handle anything.

The fun part – you can be alone and instill more confidence in yourself.  Suppose you’re at your desk working on a terribly hard project at work.  It’s beating you down.  Are you draped over the side of the chair, chin in your hand, woefully clicking the mouse buttons?  If so, sit up straight, perk up your chin, roll your shoulders back, and (if you can without weirding out your co-workers), say out loud, “I’m awesome, I’m talented, I can conquer this task!”

What Other Mannerisms Show Confidence?

Sitting up straight is a great start, and it will give you a huge confidence boost.  If you really want to help others understand that you know your stuff, then follow these ideas as well.

Eye Contact – Some struggle immensely with this, but power through it to show you know what you’re talking about.

Hands Up – Keep your hands in the open and not folded.  Behind the back, in the pockets, or even clasped implies deceit.

Lean In – When talking to someone, lean in just slightly.  Even if they don’t notice, their mind will interpret that they have your full attention.

Slow Down – Walking, talking, or gesturing quickly show signs of fear.  Move just a little slower to exude confidence.

Be Still – Keep the fidgeting to a minimum.  Some may have to put a lot of effort into this.  Don’t fidget with your words either – avoid “um,” “like,” “okay,” “you know,” and “make sense?”

Be Big – On the Savanna bigger animals are tougher animals.  Stand tall, widen your stance slightly, take bigger steps, and you’ll feel (and appear) more imposing and more powerful.

How does a Billings Chiropractor Help with Posture and Confidence?

How does a Billings Chiropractor help with all of this?

It all starts with the ability to be big, tall, and to sit up (or stand up) straight.  If you’re suffering from back pain, it’s going to be a lot harder to do this and you’ll find yourself slumping in, slouching a bit more, and curling back into that fetal position.

Give the office a call at 406-545-2128, or request an appointment online, and we’ll get you in for an adjustment, and get you on your way to better posture and more confidence.

 

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