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Correct posture to reduce anxiety levels

Most people neglect correct body posture and suffer negative consequences later in life - most commonly this means pain in the back and neck. If a person who suffers from anxiety has improper posture, it can have a great impact on the symptoms of anxiety. If you establish proper breathing, level of anxiety will lessen. Correct posture has a big impact on breathing.

Anxiety and depression can force a person to take up defensive stance, in other words, a person subconsciously thinks that he/she has to protect themselves from some sort of danger. Like a frightened hedgehog rolling itself up into a ball to protect his soft belly, an anxious or depressed person also tends to sit with his arms crossed, legs snugged up to the body and shoulders bent towards the waste. This posture is formed subconsciously and it's very unhealthy: it causes pressure on internal organs including heart and lungs which causes bad circulation and pain in the muscles, nerves and ligaments.

If you identify these symptoms whit yourself, try to correct your posture: the more you are aware of your bad posture the more you can practice to correct it. You can ask your friends or family to warn you when they see you in a bad posture described above, because if you manage to correct it, you will feel almost instant improvement!

In our busy lives we tend to stand, walk and run less and less. In the last 100 years human behavior has changed faster than ever before: there are more and more stressful situations, life in general is faster and more expensive. However, our bodies haven't evolved fast enough to sustain all these changes: this may lead to discrepancy between physiologic figuration and activity. This discrepancy can lead to physical problems and stress. Physical activity contributes to better circulation, stronger muscles, better cardiovascular system and healthy lungs. Lack of exercise, bad posture and bad air quality in apartments can be very unhealthy. Average person working in an office sits for about 5-6 hours per day and moves only to get some coffee from the coffee machine, where he finds a fast dose of stimulants. If you are overweight it only adds to the problem. You breathing is shallow and short, oxygen and carbon-dioxide levels in blood are in jeopardy.

Improper breathing can explain many symptoms related to stress at work. It doesn't take much for natural human breathing rhythm to alter in such extent that it causes unpleasant symptoms including anxiety, panic attacks or depression.

Bad posture, radiation from computer screens, bad air quality, bad effects of AC machines, lack of fresh air, central-heating system, coffee, long working shifts and angry boss - you can see why a plague of illnesses related to stress is spreading.

To correct our posture it is important to get a chair that will keep our back straight and try not to lean on the table in front of you. Physical activity maintains good circulation, stretches muscles and other tissues and enables body to breathe. Try to avoid big doses of coffee and tea because they are both stimulants. Make sure you get enough quality fresh air. If you can, open your window or leave the building during your break at work.

If you feel your job is giving you much stress, talk with your boss about it or turn to your syndicate. You can also visit a doctor that can direct you to counselor for stress control. Don't let yourself become sick because of overwork. Take a vacation if you feel like you need it; stress is not an option, you shouldn't be under stress at all!

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