When depressed, try to change for the better posture. The new study found that good posture can treat depression.
Previous research proved that bending can destroy the mood and sitting upright can give the opposite effect. But research from the University of Auckland has become the first examines whether something as simple as posture can have no effect on people who were clinically diagnosed with moderate depression.
"Compared hunched, sitting up straight can make you feel proud after success, persistence will increase unresolved tasks and makes you more confident in thinking," said lead researcher, Dr Elizabeth Broadbent.
Sitting up straight can make you more alert and enthusiastic, more courageous and have higher self-esteem after a stressful task.
To investigate the concept, Broadbent gather 61 participants were diagnosed with mild to moderate depression.
All participants tend to bend. Half of them were told to sit up straight during the screening test. The rest were told to sit naturally.
Broadbent gave the group sat up special instructions: balance the shoulder, pull the shoulder blades down and together, straighten your spine and extend the tip of the head to the wall.
He then pressed a piece of rigid plaster, often used physiotherapist on their backs, which will attract a beat when they are bent. After doing a position that participants complete the task to measure the stress at high pressure.
Pressure is given in the form they had to give five-minute speech and will be assessed. During the test they were randomly asked to fill out a survey about their moods and feelings.
Turns out they were sitting upright has more energy and enthusiasm. They also articulate themselves better and pronounce more words for a full test pressure.
The invention is considered to provide a better understanding of the mental health care.
Broadbent explained that he began to explore the concept when he was in a blue mood. "I noticed that I walked with shoulders down and looked to the ground. I looked up and raised shoulders immediately I feel a lot better," he said.
"I hypothesize if it worked on me, maybe it will also work on other people. This is what opens my way to study," he said.
"From his own experience and from my research, I think doing an upright posture can help us feel better. But much depends on the context and situation. More research is needed to find out when this action is good and for whom," he concluded.