Using body language to shape yourself

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Using body language to shape yourself

Using body language to shape yourself

I bet you are asking yourself, what does body language have to do with skincare? Actually, a lot. Both contribute to your confidence level. At Veriphy our mission has always been to give you great skin so you have the confidence to do great things. 

We have been wanting to launch a ‘confidence series’ for a long time, a place where we discuss the latest topics and insights about confidence and self-development because there are so many key factors (other than radiant skin) that help boost your confidence, right? So with that being said, say hello to: ‘Confidence Corner’.

DISCLAIMER: We are not suggesting you pretend to be someone you aren’t, or that you are not good enough just as you are. This series is meant to bring an assortment of scientific findings on “confidence” into your inbox for contemplation. Some may resonate and some may not, but you never know unless you try. 

Today's post is inspired by the classic TED Talk by  Amy Cuddy "Your body language may shape who you are", we'll look into how you can use the power of body language to your advantage. Whether you’re asking for a promotion or going on a first date, confidence is something that will help you achieve the things you want in your life. 

There’s something that speaks louder than words… body language. Let’s start by understanding the science behind it…

The science: 3 reasons why body language is so powerful

1. It helps to boost your confidence

Have you ever considered that a simple adjustment to your posture could alter the course of your day? It may sound too good to be true, but research suggests otherwise. Amy Cuddy's work highlights that just two minutes of adopting high-power poses can significantly impact your life. Whether you're gearing up for a job interview, a public speaking engagement, or any high stakes situation, taking a moment before you enter a room to stand tall and open up your body can instill a sense of confidence and empowerment.

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2. It triggers physiological changes

Our bodies are not mere vessels for our minds but intricate components that actively influence our mental states. Consider the mind-body connection in the context of power poses: adopting expansive postures not only reflects confidence but also triggers physiological changes. By boosting testosterone levels and reducing cortisol levels, powerful body language promotes assertiveness and diminishes feelings of stress and anxiety. 

It's a powerful reminder that how we carry ourselves can shape not only how others perceive us but also how we perceive, think and feel about ourselves.

3. It influences how other people perceive you

Nonverbal expressions of power are ingrained in our evolutionary biology, observed across species.

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Whether it's puffing out the chest like a proud peacock or standing tall like a lion asserting dominance, body language speaks volumes about our status and confidence. Understanding these cues not only allows us to navigate social interactions more effectively but also empowers us to harness the power of body language to our advantage.

It's not about pretending to be someone you're not; it's about embodying the qualities of confidence until they become a natural part of who you are. Through consistent practice and reinforcement, individuals can reshape their self-perception and overcome feelings of impostor syndrome. So it’s not “fake it until you make it”, it’s “fake it until you become it”

Shape yourself with body language: 2 minutes to reset your confidence

It only takes 2 minutes to reset your confidence according to Amy Cuddy. Here are some actionable tips you can use at any time throughout your day, if you can, try it out now!  

  • Power postures = Expansive postures. Spread out and open up: Make your body longer, taller, more open: stand tall, chin up, shoulders down, chest slightly up. 
    Tip: One thing that helps align everything is imagining you are being pulled by a string that’s connected to the very top of your head. 
  • Focus on your breathing: make sure you’re expanding your chest and you’re slowing down your breathing, deeply focus on it and make exhalations longer than inhalations.
    Tip: if you’re feeling anxious or nervous, place one hand on your chest and the other on your stomach, bring your shoulders down and continue focusing on your breathing. Do this until you notice your heart rate slow down.
  • Avoid making yourself small: crossing your arms or legs, hunching your back, looking down or even touching your neck, are all signs of powerlessness. 
  • Be the one who takes the first step. If you’re about to go into an important meeting, be the person who approaches everyone with a warm handshake and introduce yourself to the people you don’t know. Being the one who breaks the ice exudes courage and confidence!

In conclusion, the power of posture transcends mere physicality; it's a tool for cultivating confidence, influencing perceptions, and ultimately shaping our paths. So, the next time you find yourself in need of a confidence boost, remember the wisdom of Amy Cuddy's research and strike a powerful pose. Your mind and body will thank you for it.

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