Mindfulness of Body Position

August 16, 2009 at 10:06 pm 1 comment

Throughout the day, one of the simplest ways of getting focused and mastering stress is to become mindful of the position of your body. If you’re mindful of your body frequently throughout the day, you’ll begin to recognize the accumulation of tension sooner and be better able to let it go more easily and swiftly. As a result, you’ll be less likely to build up a lot of tension and less likely to develop stress-related illnesses.

You can do this by simply stopping at intervals throughout the day and noticing your body. Sweep your attention from the top of your head, down through your neck and shoulders, torso and legs, right down to your toes. Notice any tense muscles, aches and pains or stiffness. A simple change in position, relaxation of muscles or a few deep breaths may be all it takes release tension and stress that has built up.

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  • 1. Marie-Josee Salvas  |  August 28, 2009 at 6:29 pm

    Paying attention to our posture is certainly a worthwhile exercise! As an added benefit to what you have already explained, research by Roy Baumeister suggests that by paying attention to one’s posture throughout the day, we could also strengthen our ability to self-regulate.

    Peterson and Seligman, lead figures in the field of positive psychology, have complied data from more than 1,000,000 individuals and according to their findings, self-regulation is the most wanted but least often displayed strength in North America. With 66% of the population being overweight or obese, and with national savings rate having been negative since 2005, this finding is no surprise.

    But here’s the good news: Baumeister also found that self-regulation is a core capacity with spill-over benefits. Hence, self-regulating in one area can help improve discipline in another.

    So Christy, your suggestion goes a long way! Paying attention to our posture can help us eat better and save more money! For more infor on this research and how to use it, please visit http://www.positivepsychologynews.com and search for self-regulation.

    Best,

    MarieJ

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