Posture and movement

We often think that our thoughts and attitudes precede how we use and move our bodies. In fact NLP shows us it is the other way round. Try saying with meaning "I love you" through gritted teeth, or "I hate you" while wearing a big grin.

The joy of this is that when we consciously move and alter our body's posture this has a positive effect on our mental capabilities. Consciously sitting up straight in meetings helps our alertness and attention. Standing with an erect posture, relaxed knees (not locked) and feet slightly apart under our hips brings a feeling of being grounded and also flexible, able to deal with anything.

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Posture and movement - Japanese dancer

Neurophysiologists are identifying that taking in new ideas, assimilating them and integrating them into our lives is a whole body activity, not just a brain activity. Passively sitting listening to a colleague talk through a project, a business issue or a new idea is not the best way to ensure that information and learning is imparted, shared, improved and actioned.

Movement is key, if the brain is to be fully engaged. For example, if there are just two or three of you talking through an idea, try walking round the block while you discuss it to help get the brain cells firing and see how much more easily ideas are developed.

Presenting to a large audience or making a sales pitch, give everyone something simple to handle during the discussion. Far from being distracting, while their hands are engaged more of the brain kicks in and pays attention to what is being said.

"Brain Gym® " is a series of simple but powerful movements and exercises that stimulates right and left brain activity, helps concentration, memory, organising, listening and more. When flagging at work, a few minutes of Brain GymŪ brings us back to a more energetic and effective state.