People with symptoms of depression may see many mood swings attached with them. However they can improve it by just improving the posture of their body. This sounds bit weird but it is really helpful. However the researchers cautioned that the findings are not yet known whether the posture of body actually helps in treating depression or not and if I helps then it is not known whether it has long term effect or not.
Changing posture is a simple, highly acceptable and low-risk intervention that could be applied either by itself or alongside other treatments.
A study was conducted by the New Zealand Researches to find out the same, they did their research on few people. About half of the participants received instructions on how to adopt a good posture (sitting up straight), and the researchers also applied sports tape to the participants’ backs in a manner that’s been shown to improve posture. The other half of the participants were not given any instructions about posture, and had a few pieces of tape applied to their backs in a random manner that was not thought to help with posture.
All of the participants were told that the aim of the study was to examine the effects of sports tape on their thinking abilities.
After the researchers applied the sports tape, they were asked to fill out a survey intended to measure their mood. The researchers found that the people in the upright-posture group reported feeling more enthusiastic, more excited and stronger than the people in the regular-posture group. The people in the upright-posture group also reported feeling less fatigued than the people in the regular-posture group.
Next, the researchers wanted to see whether adopting an upright posture might help people’s mood in stressful situations. So they had the participants undergo a stress test, which involved giving a speech in front of a panel of examiners. The participants were given just 3 minutes to prepare their speech.
However, the study did find that the people in the upright-posture group spoke more words during their speech, and used the word “I” fewer times, compared with the people in the regular-posture group. Previous studies have found that people with depression use the word “I” more often, which may reflect increased self-focus, and also have shorter utterances and more pauses in speech, compared with people without depression, the researchers said.
The new findings suggest that upright posture may lessen self-focus in people with depression, as well as reduce pauses in speech and short utterances.