Learn to relax
Let’s remember that humans respond at a very deep level to posture and we’re going to start with your shoulders. If you’ve noticed that you tend to slouch or slump forwards, don’t worry. Pretty much everyone suffers from the same appalling posture! All you need to do is move your shoulders a few millimetres backwards. That’s all.
No exaggerated movement, please! Just a few millimetres to the back to open your chest and lungs and give you a more confident and expansive feeling. We usually feel a lot more positive when we open up our shoulders so give it a try. The movement encourages you to feel more relaxed, less stressed and more reasonable.
And that means more calming input from the prefrontal cortex and fewer impulsive urges from the limbic system Self control, long term success and goal fulfilment all come from our good friend, the prefrontal cortex. Let’s give it every opportunity to do its job and put us firmly back in control of our weight issues. So relax your shoulders and move them back a few millimetres.
We could focus on so many parts of the body when we explore the issue of posture but if we focus instead on a few, key areas, we can achieve great results. The shoulders are always a good starting point. Your jaw muscles can help too because if you can learn to relax your jaw, you’ll notice an immediate reduction in overall physical tension.
Yes, we’re reducing those familiar signs of stress that trigger impulses from the limbic system We’re learning to manage our posture and tame our tension. Unlocking the jaw muscles sends a message to the rest of the body that we can relax and humans are so much more rational, efficient and creative when they’re relaxed – we need to relax the jaw!
If we’re letting go of tension in the shoulders and the jaw, let’s complete the set by relaxing the butt muscles. If you’re not familiar with the stress patterns that affect human physiology, the idea of relaxing the glutes might seem a little strange. But we tense those muscles whenever we perceive danger – real or imaginary – so the moment that we relax the rear end, we immediately send a signal to the body that spells out the message to reduce overall stress.
That’s incredibly helpful because the more we turn down the stress response, the more we access the calming, rational, reasoning part of the brain that helps us to make and maintain great decisions. It’s how we stay on track and fulfil our plans and goals. So relax your shoulders, jaw and butt.
Yes. I know. You probably expected me to encourage you to measure every ounce of progress and perform cartwheels of joy as each pound slipped away!
But those pesky weighing scales can be a potent source of tension, even an obsession, and it would be better to ignore them for a while. The place I’d like you to notice the changes will be in your clothes. Let your waist size be your guide for now. Eliminating belly fat can be particularly satisfying as you bring your weight naturally under control and your dress or trouser size will certainly tell you how well you’re doing. Feeling energised and having more stamina and endurance are equally important ways of measuring your progress. So don’t worry about the weighing scales. Focus on your goal and that new, stunning, healthy and trim image of how you plan to be.
Building The Ideal Vision Of Yourself
Learning To Smile
Creating Your Personal Power Mantra
Using Your Posture
Stay Off The Scales – Check Your Waistband!