Health-e-Tip: Stress Buster- Sit Up Straight
What do you feel when you are stressed? If you are experiencing a high level of stress right now, this may be an easy exercise for you. For many people, the physical reaction can include a sense of painful, stiff weight on the neck and shoulders; as if some mysterious force is pulling you down, urging you to curl up into a little ball and avoid the stress triggers. That’s stress in a nutshell, and one of the consequences, as you might imagine is poor posture.
According to a recent study, stress might not only cause poor posture; the opposite might actually be the case. The study compared upright, seated posture to slumped seated posture to evaluate how different postures affected emotions / mood, particularly in the face of stress. Results showed that “upright participants reported higher self-esteem, more arousal, better mood, and lower fear, compared to slumped participants.”
The researchers’ concluding remarks were even more revealing: “Adopting an upright seated posture in the face of stress can maintain self-esteem, reduce negative mood, and increase positive mood compared to a slumped posture. Furthermore, sitting upright increases rate of speech and reduces self-focus. Sitting upright may be a simple behavioral strategy to help build resilience to stress.”
The take-home message: Sit up straight and reduce your stress! By the way, proper posture is also a great way to prevent spine-related aches and pains.
Health-e-Solutions comment: Managing stress is one of the five pillars supporting thriving health in the Health-e-Solutions lifestyle, and its impact should not be underestimated, even in children. Stress has been proven to increase both a person’s susceptibility to blood sugar spikes and the severity of complications from the disease. For years, stress reduction programs have been used clinically for reducing the burden of chronic disease and increasing resiliency. A more resilient body and mind make for optimal health! Managing stress is vital to optimal blood sugar control.
Effective stress management, along with nutrition, environmental management, quality sleep and exercise can have long lasting impact on health and help you #MasterDiabetesNaturally. In our downloadable, printable special report on Stress and Diabetes we’ll give you the tools you need to manage stress effectively. Put your body in a position of strength by promoting, supporting and creating health. Get tools and solutions to help minimize consequences and maximize benefits for nutrition, environment, exercise, sleep and stress management.