I listened to a podcast a few days ago about how our bodies intertwine with our moods. In one exercise, we were encouraged to demonstrate someone who feels sad. As I sat in my desk, I lowered my shoulders, dropped my head and made a frown. In my effort to model a sad person I even lowered my eyes and made myself small. We were then asked to sit and be sad for a while. Upon a few minuets, I actually started to feel sad.
After a little over 5 minutes, we were instructed to keep the sad feeling and stand up and do five jumping jacks. He repeated to us listeners to “stay sad” as we jumped. As I did my jumping jacks I tried to keep my humped over frame, lowered eyes and frown…but it was really hard to do. My head was lifted and my eyes watched straight ahead, I didn’t feel the sadness of only a few seconds earlier. It was difficult to feel sad and move my body in a faster pace.
He had basically proved his point and could have ended the podcast there.
I thought about that for a while. How just the moving and position of my body had altered my mood and attitude. I encourage anyone who may be feeling sluggish, sad or even just bored, to stand up and move, maybe jog in place, or do a few jumping jacks, put some happy music on and dance. If you are able, maybe go for a walk outside. Just move, breath and get your heart pumping.
Try the above exercise for yourself and tell bossLadyBLOOMS your experience with it in the comments below or on the FaceBook page.
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