Friday, 19 June 2015

Feeling down? Here's 5 ways to use body language to make yourself feel great!

We all have those days, when you just feel like staying in bed all day with internet connection and food. Social interactions? No, thanks! You feel way too low to even fake the happiness and there's absolutely nothing you could do to change the way you feel today.. Wait - What? The title of this post is about how to make yourself feel better inaspects as simple as body language? Yes! And trust me, it's really simple! 
Need a quick pick-me-up? Skip the coffee, and instead, stand straighter, 
smile and even try imitating a cheerful walk to lift your spirits. 
So here are 5 easy ways to transform a 'using-bad-mood-as-an-opportunity-to-be-a-hermit' kind of day into a 'I-really-feel-like-going-out-today' kind of day! 

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Increase Your Body Space
When you’re feeling nervous, uncertain and or afraid, you may find yourself crossing your arms or legs or may be putting your hands in front of our face or mouth. That’s called “body blocking,” and it’s a universal sign of discomfort, Carter says. To feel better, he advises flinging your limbs out and taking up more space. Making yourself and your space bigger conveys confidence, not just to those around you, but also to your brain.

Walk like you mean it

Scientists at Canada’s Institute for Advanced Research had two groups of study participants walk on a treadmill, one with their shoulders slumped and with a slow gait, and the other in a more cheerful fashion. As they walked, the test subjects were shown a list of positive and negative words.
The depressed walkers recalled more negative words, while the cheerful walkers remembered the upbeat words on the list, suggesting that their body language during the test had affected their moods and memory. The lesson here? Lift your head and stand tall, and you may just see your spirits look up as well.  

Flash those pearl whites!

You know the saying “If you fake it you can make it”? Well, it’s actually true when it comes to smiling. Since the 1970s, research has shown that even a manipulated smile can boost your mood. A genuine smile - one that involves both the mouth and the eyes - does all kinds of great things for you, like releasing endorphins into your bloodstream and boosting your immune system.
What’s more, researchers at the University of Kansas found that people who smile have better heart recovery rates after stressful events. So, if you find yourself in a stressful situation, a smile could just be what the doctor ordered.

Pose it up

Try a power pose to restore your confidence. Either raise your arms in the victory pose or put your hands on your hips like Superman, and then hold for a few moments. “Power posing” can help reduce cortisol (stress hormone) levels while increasing feel-good hormones.

Laughter really is the best medicine

Laughter is a great mood booster—it allows your muscles to relax, improves blood sugar, and raises and then beneficially lowers blood pressure levels, according to the Mayo Clinic. Because laughing is a social thing (you’re 30 percent more likely to laugh with others than alone), it decreases isolation. But that laughter better be the real thing: It turns out that the brain can easily detect the difference between real and fake laughter.

You might find that some of these tips might work better than others on you but I can promise that you'll feel at least a little better if you try to integrate some of them in your daily routine. :)  

Keep smiling, it makes you look beautiful! 

xx  ♡ Micky



  1. Such a great post! I've definitely used many of these before tests (especially finals week!), and they've been so helpful.

    Angelina Is

    1. Thank you, I'm glad you liked it :)
      I find these little things to work wonders on my mood sometimes! ♡

  2. Omg, this is such an amazing post! So helpful for those day when I'm not feeling good! Xx

  3. great post! this so helpful! thank you so much for sharing :)

    xx Jamie| Love Peace and Shimmer


  4. I LOVE all of these! I watched a TED talk a while back which examine power posture and its correlating scientific findings, and I found it immensely interesting! I've been using the tip since then to up my confidence before an important interview, performance or meeting! Laughing and walking like I'm on a runway (ha!) are my favourite ways to feel much more assured. I loved thsi post!

    May x | THE MAYDEN

    1. Thank you, I'm so glad you loved it! :)
      I like just posing and pulling stupid faces in front of my mirror sometimes to cheer myself up ^^;

  5. I love all these and I have definitely used a few of them before xx
    Garland Girl

    1. Thank you for your comment, they always help me feel better :)

  6. Great post. I'm going to keep these in mind!

    Jennifer Jayne

    1. You should try to use them next time you feel down, they always help me :)

  7. This is a really nice and positive post. We can get our rainy days so it's always nice to know how to stay positive! Thanks for sharing Micky! :D


  8. These are such great tips! Thank you for sharing, I'm totally going to have to try some of these next time I feel down ♥
    Amy xx

    Little Moon Dragon

    1. Totally, they always help me when I feel low :)

  9. This is such an empowering post and I ACTUALLY need this.
    Whenever I wake up, there are times when I ACTUALLY feel bored. I feel like there's no purpose to get up.
    But after reading this, I feel really optimistic. I'm bookmarking this post! <3
    Stay awesome as ever,
    Much love,
    Archie <3


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