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Experts Reveal That Bad Posture Negatively Impacts Mental Health

Update Date: Feb 05, 2017 06:44 PM EST

It's already been a known fact that mental health is strongly correlated to physical health. Studies then revealed that depression can be fought through proper posture.

A research that was done in the past pointed out that slouching can negatively impact a person's mental health which can affect the individual's self-esteem. A new research then explained that having a good posture can increase energy levels, builds confidence and can even alleviate depression.

Standing up straight can go a long way when it comes to boosting one's mood. It was also added that sitting up straight can make a person feel more accomplished, more confident, and comfortable. A research was done by Dr. Elizabeth Broadbent and her team stated that sitting up straight can significantly improve a person's mood.

"Compared to sitting in a slumped position, sitting upright can make you feel more proud after a success, increase your persistence at an unsolvable task, and make you feel more confident in your thoughts," Dr. Broadbent stated during her interview with Psychology Today. "Research also suggests that sitting upright can make you feel more alert and enthusiastic, feel less fearful, and have higher self-esteem after a stressful task."

TIME also mentioned that a bad posture highly affects a person's mood, wherein it is linked to being sad. A study that was published in Health Psychology mentioned that people who slumped are more phlegmatic, gloomy, and sad, compared to the positive disposition of those who sit and stand up straight.

Researchers who did a study on posture involving 74 people in New Zealand revealed that a person's overall health can potentially be affected by their posture. Those who were more upright were more enthusiastic and excited, while those who slumped were more nervous, hostile, quiet and gloomy. They came into conclusion that people with good posture were associated with good self-esteem while those with bad posture were linked to negative emotions and even depression.

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