Strike a Power Pose

It is the start of a new week and what better way to kick it off then with a motivational tip?

Here is a simple tip that takes only minutes to do and it will make you feel motivated immediately!

Dan Wang at Shopify shared a great article that gave several tips for motivation that are science based. Here is one that can make a positive change immediately:

Strike a high-power pose for a boost of confidence and it only takes 2 minutes.

Body language is a lot more important than you may know. It affects not just how you’re perceived by others, but also your internal body chemistry and how you feel about yourself. That’s right, Wang has it right when he said holding your body in a certain position literally changes the way you feel.

Wang noted that Amy Cuddy, a professor at the Harvard School of Business, gave a TED Talk in 2012 on the significance of body language. He stated that her premise is that non-verbal communication (i.e. body language) may be just as important as verbal communication.

One of the ways that you can communicate according to Wang, is non-verbally with a “power pose.” Wang noted that there are two kinds of power poses: high and low. "A high-power pose means having your body open and tall, rather than hunched up" states Wang. That means, stand tall, chest out, arms open and spread, no slouching, and head held high. This is simply demonstrated by trying to take up a great deal of space. A low-power pose is anything that makes you small and bunched up. Examples are hunching over, folded arms, head down, and sitting.

Wang states that researchers found that simply holding a high-power pose for as little as two minutes increases your testosterone levels, which are associated with confidence, and decreases your cortisol levels, which are associated with stress. Both of those benefits are associated with keeping weight off and looking fit!

This is something very easy to do while you are at work or play. It just takes practice and conscious effort. Holding certain power poses will give you more confidence, motivation and helps you to work better.

So right now...... stop slouching and strike a high-power pose. Lean back if sitting or better yet, stand up and make a V with your arms, head held high, deep breath, and chest out.....can you feel it!!! MOTIVATION!!!!

If you need privacy, step into the bathroom or a private room and close the door for a couple of minutes. No one will know and you can step out with a new sense of motivation!

In addition to striking a high-power pose, you can focus on the position of your feet ( facing forward), smile more, align yourself better with your conversation partner, and lower your voice with deep breathing. All of these are great confident, motivational, power-posing techniques that you can use many times throughout the day!!

Let us know how your power posing went today, give it a real try and see the difference!!

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Health and happiness,

Alicia Williamson RN, BSN, MSNW, CHC


Kylie Glastetter BA, MS, EP-C, CHC


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