Well, we’re into the last month of the year – how’s it going for you?

This week’s Mental Sunshine tip is something really simple we can all try.

It’s about having a good old stretch!

I don’t know about you, but I find it quite easy to get stuck into some work at my desk, and after a while I look up and realise that my body has become all hunched over as I concentrated on what I was doing.

The aches and pains associated with unwinding yourself after hours in that sort of position can feel pretty rubbish –

But a poor posture can actually contribute to low mood.

Conversely, a more upright and open posture can improve your mood.

You may have seen Amy Cuddy’s 2012 TED Talk where she talks about “power postures” to help you feel more confident.

This is useful to bear in mind, not just for things like job interviews but generally in life.

Just think about your posture right now; how straight is your back?

Where are your shoulders?

Could you drop them a little?

Perhaps roll your shoulders a little, stretch a bit.

That feels good, doesn’t it?

Becoming more aware of your posture, and taking a moment to stretch and sit or stand a little taller can really help to improve your mood.

This article has some great tips for improving your posture and therefore your mood.

Try it out and let me know how you get on!