What's Causing My Neuro-Structural Shifts?
We already know that Neuro-Structural Shifts are caused by stress, and stress comes in three forms: Chemical, Physical, and Emotional. If you missed that article, you can check it out here.
- Organize your posture: As you start a work session, organize yourself in a good ergonomic position. First, squeeze your butt, brace your belly, put your shoulders back and down, then pull your chin back to position your head over your body.
- Get a stand-up desk: As they say, “Sitting is the new smoking,” meaning it is one of the most significant contributors to decreasing our health. Sitting puts three times more pressure on our spines than standing does. If standing for most of the day is not feasible, consider alternating between sitting and standing throughout the day.
- Set an alarm: We all lose track of time. Research shows that even if you are doing nothing but trying to sit and hold your posture, you can only maintain it for 15 min before slouching. Set an alarm for every 30 min to an hour as a reminder to check your posture.
- Exercises: Doing neck exercises is a great way to release any tension that is pent up in your neck. Try the exercises that Dr. Karo demonstrates in this video here.