Do You Practice Power Posing Yet? Simple, Powerful & Research Based.
Your body language does not only express your mood, it creates it.
By power posing for only two minutes you can actually alter the hormones associated with a more confident, powerful presence. Research now proves that your mind does not only affect your body. You can work through your body to improve:
- Your emotional mood
- Your stress level
- Your performance success
- Your sense of feeling confident, strong and empowered interpersonally
“Tiny Tweaks Make Big Changes.”
I wrote a post some time ago on The Hidden Benefits of Good Posture. This past week I stumbled across Amy Cuddy’s wonderful TedTalk , Your Body Language Shapes Who You Are. It is well worth the watch! But for those of you who want to get started right away: Men and Women, simply stand in the “Wonder Woman Pose” for two minutes. You will be increasing your testosterone levels and decreasing the stress hormone cortisol. Increased testosterone and decreased cortisol help create the calm, confident presence associated with positive power and good leadership. The pose is meant to be done in private, not held in public! Do it:
- Before you start your day
- Before any stressful evaluative situation (job interview, exams)
- Before public speaking
- Before a stressful social encounter
- Before a sport challenge
- Before a creative performance
- Whenever you feel overwhelmed, discouraged, fearful, “less-than”, powerless, or vulnerable
- Whenever you want to embody a more peaceful, confident, empowered presence
Don’t Fake it Till You Make It. Fake It Till You Become It...
For years we’ve known about the research that says working with your mind can help heal your body. Now the great research cited in this TedTalk encourages us to also work directly with our bodies to alter mood, stress, mental states and interpersonal success.
This is such a low-cost, accessible mental wellness practice. Help spread the word! Imagine if our adolescent girls knew this? Or anyone you love going to perform, take an exam, go on an interview...
Try this yourself and let us know what your experience is! What do you notice?