Powerful Poses: The Secret to Confident Body Language
Our bodies speak almost as much as our we do, and we may not even
Think about the positions your body takes when you’re feeling negative emotions: when we’re feeling insecure, we might slump or subconsciously try to take up less space; when we’re angry or anxious, we may become fidgety or jittery; when we’re feeling happy, our posture elongates and our eyes light up.
Your body language says a lot to other people; it can even affect how you feel about yourself. In fact, adopting more confident body language can do a lot to improve your self-esteem.
Read on to find out the most powerful poses and secrets to exuding confidence through self-assured body language.
Eye contact can be uncomfortable for those with social anxiety, but it’s an important aspect of confident body language. Eye contact lets the person you’re talking to know that you’re listening and focusing on them. However, you don’t want to stare them down. Try to spend about 60% of the conversation engaged in eye contact to make it feel as natural as possible.
Smiling is contagious;
Stand Up Straight
Posture is an important element in body language, and erect posture makes you feel more powerful—especially because it engages your car. While it may be uncomfortable at first, your abs will get used to the new, elongated position. Sitting and standing up straight also take strain off of other parts of your body, like your back. There are myriad health reasons to maintain correct posture but sitting up tall will also help you feel rooted in confidence and self-assurance.
Stretch It Out
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Keep Your Head Up
Many people have the habit of keeping their eyes to the ground when walking, and maybe it feels inherently more comfortable to avoid eye contact when ambling about among strangers. Practice keeping your chin elevated and your eyes on your surroundings. As you get more comfortable, practice making eye contact and extending a smile to someone along your way—you might even make their day.
Slow It Down
Open Your Energy
Try to keep your body positioned in a welcoming stance by keeping your arms open. Crossed arms signal that you’re closing yourself off or trying to protect yourself from an external threat, whereas open gestures show that you’re comfortable with the person with whom you’re engaged.
Let’s Get Physical
When introducing yourself to someone, open with a strong but friendly handshake. A weak handshake may signal insecurity, but you don’t want to rip their arm off either. Try to remain calm and upbeat, grab their hand firmly and with confidence, and shake naturally. Don’t overthink it too much—even if your hand was sweaty or went
You probably won’t become a master of confident body language overnight—and that’s OK. While it’s a good idea to
For even more information on confident body language, check out The Dictionary of Body Language: A Field Guide to Human Behavior by Joe Navarro.
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