Bad Posture Can Affect Your Mood and Mental Health

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Bad posture isn’t only bad for your physical health, it can also ruin your mental health. Here’s why it’s important to not slump.

If we reminded you to check your posture at any moment during the day, how many times would you have to fix it? Probably most of the time and you’re not alone. Not sitting with both your feet on the floor, with your back against the seat, and with your shoulders relaxed has become completely normal, but it may be what’s ruining your mental health and wellbeing.

According to research done by the British Chiropractic Association, more people are experiencing back and neck pain now compared to five years ago. With four out of five people in the UK having a desk job, it’s not difficult to make the connection. This is especially clear when you consider that many of those desk jobs are done from the sofa, dining table, or bed, where it’s virtually impossible to keep the right posture.

But what about mental health? A study found that “upright participants reported higher self-esteem, more arousal, better mood, and lower fear, compared to slumped participants.” That’s enough to make us watch our posture more!