“Be a swan, Minerva, be a swan,” says wicked stepmother Bernadette Peters in my favorite version of Cinderella. Posture training may have gone out the window for most of us, but when’s the last time you thought about your posture?
Here are some of our best tips and tricks for ensuring you’re poised for success at work.
Regardless of whether you have model posture, it’s never a good idea to spend prolonged periods sitting in the same position. The US Department of Labor has some ideas for how to change your position throughout the day:
Make small adjustments to your chair or backrest.
Stretch your fingers, hands, arms, and torso.
Stand up and walk around for a few minutes periodically.
In our office, we try to stay aware of our hydration throughout the day. Standing up to grab some water is a great posture reset!
Posture–good or bad–can affect you in ways you might not have even thought of. Digestion? Check. Breathing? Double check. Even things like self confidence can be perceived through posture:
If you feel sad, look in the mirror. You have likely taken on the form of poor posture and look the part. Somewhere in between these two extremes is a natural, relaxed position of good posture where you appear confident and give a positive impression to others. Correcting your posture when you feel sad can actually improve your disposition.
So I’ll ask again: When was the last time you thought about your posture? There’s no time quite like the present. 😉
How have you modified your computer workstation to improve your posture?