Like many of you, a majority of my day is spent sitting in a chair behind a keyboard and a computer monitor. The internet has been great for doing business with the world, but it’s also a pain in my neck and lower back. And between my shoulder-blades… OK. It hasn’t been very friendly to most of the stuff connected to my spine. I have to consciously remind myself that my shoulders are NOT supposed to be level with my ears, some days.
Good Posture, Why?
There are 5 key benefits directly related to good posture:
- Good Posture facilitates breathing: Good posture naturally enables you to breathe properly. You might be surprised at the huge difference in the amount of air you can inhale between sitting up straight and slouching. This is why yoga, Pilates and most other meditation related exercises pay so much attention on getting your posture and sitting positions right.
- Good Posture increases concentration and creative thinking: When you breathe properly, you increase your cognitive abilities. Our brains require 20% of the oxygen we inhale, in order to do their jobs properly. More air, more oxygen. More oxygen, more brain nutrition. More nutrition leads to more thoughts and ideas.
- Good Posture improves your image: People with good posture are perceived as smarter and tend to look more attractive. People with good posture naturally exude an aura of assertiveness and appeal. Nobody ever slouched their way to success.
- Good Posture makes you feel better about yourself: When you have good posture, it helps to make you feel more self confident, without even doing anything else different. The science of Neurolinguistics tells us that more than anything else, how you hold your body controls how you feel.
- Good posture helps you avoid health issues: Bad posture often results in complications such as increased risks of slipped disc, back aches, back pain, pressure inside your chest and poor blood circulation.
Good Posture Tips
- Pretend your body is held up by a string in the top of your head.
- Relax your shoulders.
- Set a reminder to check in on your posture.
- Get a head, shoulder and back massage. (My personal favorite.)
- Get a good quality chair.
- Place your butt at the innermost edge of the chair.
- Get a back cushion.
- Ground both your feet when standing or sitting.
- Invest in a good bed and pillow.
- Avoid carrying heavy items (LIFT WITH YOUR KNEES!).
- Engage in exercises which strengthen your back.
- Get a professional assessment by a qualified Chiropractor.
The bottom line is that the better you feel, the better you will conduct your business. You can ask the people here at Front Office Staff about the procedures and practices we’ve instituted to ensure our people are healthy & comfortable, and fully able to focus on your calls.
Have an excellent, relaxed and comfortable day!