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My posture, my thinking

Prerequisite

The exercise here would only be effective if the facilitator has established rapport with the participants and is able to gain their cooperation.

Purpose

To help participants realize that their thinking is also influenced by their posture. Thus, they make a conscious effort to notice their posture and change from a self-defeating slump to a confidence-boosting "sitting tall" position. This is often used before starting new topics or sessions.

Suggested approach

Explain that our action is a product of how we think. But often, how we act also affects how we feel. To illustrate, do the following exercise.


Figure

1. Slump your body in a chair.
2. Tilt your head down, cross your arms and pull into yourself.
3. Stick out your lips in a pout, let your cheeks drop, and tense the muscles around your eyes.
4. Try to feel happy and optimistic.

Ask the participants, "Is this possible?" After getting the expected "NOs" proceed to the second exercise;


Figure

Note

If anyone says YES, check the posture. It might be starting to slump again.

1. Sit up straight in your chair.
2. Throw back your head and shoulders.
3. Let a smile play on your mouth and widen your eyes.
4. Try to feel sad and depressed.

Ask: "Can you do it?" The expected response is NO.

Ask volunteers to share how the exercise felt to them. Build on their common responses to come to an agreement about their right attitude towards the activities ahead.