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How to Stand Up

How to Stand Up

    Stand up. Sounds tough right?  In this article, I will explain to you how you can get from a seated position to a fully standing position with just a few simple steps.

    You see, you and I were designed to be standers.  Somewhere along the way our culture has become infatuated with the seated position.  You do it everywhere:in your car, at your desk, at the movies. It’s no wonder you’ve forgotten how to stand up properly.

    While in a seated position, your primary standing muscles at the hips are in a stretched and lengthened position.  After being in this position for any amount of time, they become ineffective at lifting you from that seated position.  What happens then is that you tend to make the movement into a more knee dominant action, which over time, can take a toll on your knees.

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    Steps for achieving a fully standing position.

    1. Push your seat slightly away from your desk.

    2. Sit up proud with the top of your head pointed toward the ceiling.

    3. Firmly plant your feet flat on the ground with your toes pointing slightly outward.

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    4. Take a deep breath into your abdomen.

    5. Drive through your heels and lift upwards like a rocket.  The top of your head being the tip of the rocket, try and keep it pointing to the sky. (This can take some balance.)

    6. At the top really try and squeeze your butt cheeks.

    If you’ve done this properly you should find yourself in a fully erect and standing position.  Warning: you may now be at eye level with other standers.  Try to avoid any eye contact with these aggressive individuals.

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    Some things NOT to do when attempting to stand.

    Do NOT lean forward and over your desk.

    Do NOT shift your weight to the balls of your feet or toes.

    Do NOT use your hands when pushing yourself upward.

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    Do NOT tilt or shift your weight predominately to one side before standing.

    Learning to get from point A to point B will take some time at first, but soon it will become second nature.  Do not be surprised if this new habit leads to decreased pain in the lower back and knees.  I’ll see you at the top.

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    Last Updated on September 20, 2018

    How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

    How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

    Being in a hurry all the time drains your energy. Your work and routine life make you feel overwhelmed. Getting caught up in things beyond your control stresses you out…

    If you’d like to stay calm and cool in stressful situations, put the following 8 steps into practice:

    1. Breathe

    The next time you’re faced with a stressful situation that makes you want to hurry, stop what you’re doing for one minute and perform the following steps:

    • Take five deep breaths in and out (your belly should come forward with each inhale).
    • Imagine all that stress leaving your body with each exhale.
    • Smile. Fake it if you have to. It’s pretty hard to stay grumpy with a goofy grin on your face.

    Feel free to repeat the above steps every few hours at work or home if you need to.

    2. Loosen up

    After your breathing session, perform a quick body scan to identify any areas that are tight or tense. Clenched jaw? Rounded shoulders? Anything else that isn’t at ease?

    Gently touch or massage any of your body parts that are under tension to encourage total relaxation. It might help to imagine you’re in a place that calms you: a beach, hot tub, or nature trail, for example.

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    3. Chew slowly

    Slow down at the dinner table if you want to learn to be patient and lose weight. Shoveling your food down as fast as you can is a surefire way to eat more than you need to (and find yourself with a bellyache).

    Be a mindful eater who pays attention to the taste, texture, and aroma of every dish. Chew slowly while you try to guess all of the ingredients that were used to prepare your dish.

    Chewing slowly will also reduce those dreadful late-night cravings that sneak up on you after work.

    4. Let go

    Cliche as it sounds, it’s very effective.

    The thing that seems like the end of the world right now?

    It’s not. Promise.

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    Stressing and worrying about the situation you’re in won’t do any good because you’re already in it, so just let it go.

    Letting go isn’t easy, so here’s a guide to help you:

    21 Things To Do When You Find It Hard To Let Go

    5. Enjoy the journey

    Focusing on the end result can quickly become exhausting. Chasing a bold, audacious goal that’s going to require a lot of time and patience? Split it into several mini-goals so you’ll have several causes for celebration.

    Stop focusing on the negative thoughts. Giving yourself consistent positive feedback will help you grow patience, stay encouraged, and find more joy in the process of achieving your goals.

    6. Look at the big picture

    The next time you find your stress level skyrocketing, take a deep breath, and ask yourself:

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    Will this matter to me…

    • Next week?
    • Next month?
    • Next year?
    • In 10 years?

    Hint: No, it won’t.

    I bet most of the stuff that stresses you wouldn’t matter the next week, maybe not even the next day.

    Stop agonizing over things you can’t control because you’re only hurting yourself.

    7. Stop demanding perfection of yourself

    You’re not perfect and that’s okay. Show me a person who claims to be perfect and I’ll show you a dirty liar.

    Demanding perfection of yourself (or anybody else) will only stress you out because it just isn’t possible.

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    8. Practice patience every day

    Below are a few easy ways you can practice patience every day, increasing your ability to remain calm and cool in times of stress:

    • The next time you go to the grocery store, get in the longest line.
    • Instead of going through the drive-thru at your bank, go inside.
    • Take a long walk through a secluded park or trail.

    Final thoughts

    Staying calm in stressful situations is possible, all you need is some daily practice.

    Taking deep breaths and eat mindfully are some simple ways to train your brain to be more patient. But changing the way you think of a situation and staying positive are most important in keeping cool whenever you feel overwhelmed and stressful.

    Featured photo credit: Brooke Cagle via unsplash.com

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