Let's talk about some posture habits. Specifically while on your phone, at your desk, and riding in your car.
While on your phone, mindfully hold your device up to eye level. Hunching or leaning forward pulls your head forward over your shoulders. This puts strain on the muscles on the front and back of your neck, as they work to stabilize the weight of your head. For every inch forward your head is, it increases the strain on those muscles by about 30%. One quick way to see how your posture habits are affecting your head is to take a photo from the side of your head and shoulders. Your ear should be over your shoulder. How far forward is your ear over your shoulder?
Next up, what is your desk set up like? What is your chair like? Where is your computer at? Make sure your chair is supporting an upright posture and you aren't getting in a slumped posture. You can get stands for your computer screen or laptop that bring it up to eye level so that you aren't leaning forward. Work ergonomics are important, especially if you are spending hours at a desk every single day.
Let's talk about riding in car. Especially if you have a long commute or spend time driving around for work, it is important that your seat is set up properly for you. Lumbar support pillows can help with this. If you tend to keep your wallet or phone in your back pocket, take them out so that you aren't sitting unevenly in your seat. If you can, keep an eye to see when you get tired or stiff during a drive. Get out and stretch. Walk around for a minute or two.
Your posture is a micro-physical stressor on your body. Posture awareness is one easy way to reduce the stress on your body!
In health and wellness,