Level Up Your Mood
You probably heard this phrase "sitting is the new smoking", and it's mainly because the lack of movement translates into an increased risk of heart disease, diabetes, and other chronic conditions. In this WFH world due to the pandemic, we are actually spending our days hunched over a computer, without realizing what it is doing to our bodies and our mood!
Yes, it is true that poor posture can put you in a lousy mood and make you feel more stressed and depressed.
No evidence proves that poor posture directly causes serious problems like clinical depression and anxiety. But a number of studies have suggested that it may exacerbate the symptoms of these disorders. Even if your mental health is generally solid, there are good reasons to think that you'd be happier—and healthier—if you simply sat and stood up straighter.
This isn't just a theory; research has actually verified the connection between poor posture and fatigue, especially in people who have depression. One study, published in 2017 in the Journal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry, found that patients with mild to moderate depression felt more alert after simply keeping their back and shoulders upright while sitting. They also reported less anxiety.
A study in Health Psychology found that people who feel stressed can kick their negative mood and even boost their self-esteem by sitting upright. Other research found that good posture was associated with better body image among people with depression.
Fortunately, Perfect Perch is here to help with our amazing kneeling chairs! Our chairs are designed in such a way that they encourage you to sit up straight; the chairs make it uncomfortable leaning forward, so your body automatically sits up straight without you trying. If you want to have a better mood in the new year for a new you, pick up one of our chairs and try them out! On top of exercising, meditation, healthy food, let's get the right tools to help us sit up straight, for the best mood in the new year!