Jo has a great illustration of how poor posture and not feeling positive affects us:
With the current stress in the work environment any edge against your competitor is going to have an advantage. Feeling positive is going to help you act positive. If you have any aches or pains they are going to distract you from what you're best at, and may even cause you to lose concentration and that all important deal.
Posture affects our mood. Hours spent on the computer also cause us to stiffen up, and can create habitual bad posture. How many of us now work on a laptop? The small keyboard creates constrictions and tension in our shoulders, arms and neck and into our back. Put the laptop on our lap or the closet table to work from and we don't sit correctly and we then put strain throughout our body from head right down to our hips and into our legs and knees.
How many of us work from home and just have our computer sitting on the available table with the dining room chair to sit on. By not ensuring we have the correct posture when using a computer we're putting our health at risk. You only have to Google "computer posture" to see that there is a whole industry has developed to ensure that we don't harm ourselves. Many companies' Health and Safety departments ensure that all employees' workstations are set up correctly.
We can establish bad habits of posture that our body and brain take on as normal. Consequently over time this bad posture puts more and more strain on us until we end up with an injury e.g. our back goes, we develop Repetitive Strain Injuries, migraines, frozen shoulder, stiff neck etc.
The Bowen Technique can help with all these conditions by helping the body re-educate itself and re-pattern itself to obtain good posture.
Try This Simple Test
Now stand tall, head held high with shoulders back, back upright and tummy held in. In this posture say: "I am so depressed, I can't do anything right, I find my work really hard. I don't enjoy my life." Do your words feel real now?
Now stand slouched and say "I am so depressed, I can't do anything right, I find my work really hard. I don't enjoy my life." Suddenly this becomes much easier to say. Same as if you stand tall and say "I am fantastic, I am happy, I am great. I love life, work and all that I do" - this can now be said with conviction.
This simple test shows how our posture affects our mood.