We get into habits and they can be harder and harder to shift. Some may be great for us, like a dedication to a morning walk. Others can be less than ideal, such as a propensity to take any pocket of empty time as phone time.
(I’m sorry, what was I writing? I was scrolling through unicorn hair on Instagram.)
Posture tends to be something that deteriorates with time, unless you have a history with horseback riding or dancing or some practice that is very ingrained. You can be mindless and still sit up straight.
For the rest of us, whenever we get into our heads or behind our screens, we start to shrink inch-by-inch until our nose becomes level with the keyboard.
If you would like to be aligned more often than your weekly yoga class, you need to employ mindfulness.
This simply means that every time you notice you are back in slumpsville, you not only sit up straight but you pause.
Take a moment to notice what came along with the slouching. How is your energy? How is your mood?
Take a deep breath.
Considering you may slouch over and over (and OVER) again, this mindfulness exercise is not meant to be so long that you need to clock in overtime. It is meant to be 30 seconds tops, as opposed to 1 second.
The 30 seconds will give you an opportunity to spread your awareness, to plant your feet and to start again.
As you get more of these chances to check in with yourself, you may find that better posture becomes the norm rather than the exception. Slowing everything down by 5% can make a profound difference to the way that we live.
Or at least the way that we sit and stand.