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Sit Up to Deal with Stress

An interesting study looks to see if “body posture also may be important to the initiation and modulation of emotions.” The study compared upright seated posture to slumped seated posture in responses to psychological stress. The results of the study showed that “upright participants reported higher self-esteem, more arousal, better mood, and lower fear, compared to slumped participants.”

Researchers concluded that “adopting an upright seated posture in the face of stress can maintain self-esteem, reduce negative mood, and increase positive mood compared to a slumped posture. Furthermore, sitting upright increases rate of speech and reduces self-focus. Sitting upright may be a simple behavioral strategy to help build resilience to stress.”

Something to think about every time you sit down.

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