Remember when your mom told you to stand up straight? Research has now found that she had good reasons!
This research found that standing tall sparks feelings of confidence. Other kinds of self-care didn’t do the same. For instance, hugging yourself didn’t bring comfort! On the contrary it increased levels of stress and reduced self-confidence! Slouching had the worst effect making one feel unsure of themselves and much more likely to quit.
The most positive body stance was standing tall – it made participants in this study feel more interested in whatever they were thinking or doing.
So even if you’re back’s achy, standing straight makes a mental difference if not a physical one.