Adopt One of These Postures To Reduce Stress and Build Confidence
Have an important presentation or interview coming up and need to
Dana Carney, an assistant professor at
When people feel powerful, their limbs are more open and their body language is more expansive. They literally take up more space. Postures aren't just an expression of how we feel. They can also inform the brain by changing our physiology. If you hold an open and expansive pose for a few minutes before an important situation, it can increase the dominance hormone testosterone and decrease the stress hormone cortisol.
Studies have backed up this relationship between postures and stress and feeling powerful before, so go ahead and strike a pose (in private may be best). Here are some instructions:
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