We mentioned in our article 7 ways to Practice Public Speaking at Home to take advantage of housework to practice correct posture. Safely assuming a correct posture will enhance your positive body language and support your deep pelvic breathing. It will also help you to be calmer, more relaxed, more physically and mentally stable. Take a moment in front of a mirror and follow these instructions to find your own natural stance:
- Stand with your feet side by side, a comfortable shoulder width apart.
- Slowly raise up on the balls of your feet.
- Now gradually lower your heels until they just barely touch the floor.
- Push your sternum out a little and keep your shoulders soft.
- Slightly tuck your chin in parallel to the floor.
- Make sure your hips are squared and lean forward ever so slightly.
- Keep your gaze steady forward and begin to breathe deeply.
Now you should feel a little weird, completely stiff and unnatural. Of course this is not our goal, but the point is to help your body feel something a little different. Try each adjustment in a few different ways to find what feels best for you.
It will be hard at first but these slight changes will build up the strength in your back enabling you to stand in a strong posture for longer. Begin to consistently apply these posture changes to your daily life, taking a few moments to check-in with your posture throughout the day.