“Shoulders Back and Eyes Up”

I head the phrase “shoulders back and eyes up” pretty often growing up. It wasn’t that my mom was formal. If you know her, she’s very relaxed and easy to be around. However, she understood the importance of displaying confidence. Afterall, if you don’t believe in yourself, why should anyone else take that chance?

It truly is amazing the difference posture makes in how others perceive you. Why are we willing to give anyone the opportunity to think we aren’t capable?

People are naturally drawn to confident people.

Standing up straight conveys confidence. In addition to how we appear to others, standing up straight is healthier for you, as well. By standing up straight, you’re allowing your lungs to fully expand as you breathe. Increased oxygen is linked to increased brain activity, such as having a better memory. Increased oxygen also gives you more energy.

Additionally, how you look is actually linked to how you feel. If you stand up straight, there are studies that indicate you actually have an increase of confidence and not the just appearance of an increase of confidence. How cool is that?

So, keep those shoulders back and your eyes up! The world needs you.

“Us” In A “Me” World

I feel the need to preface that “me” time is a great thing. While I am naturally more extroverted, my husband is not. It took several years for me to understand that the time alone he craved was nothing against me. It wasn’t that he didn’t enjoy time with me or that he didn’t like being around me. In fact, it had nothing to do with me at all! That revelation was wonderful for our marriage for my own precious “me” time.

How to Balance You and Me

“Me” time is fantastic. What is not fantastic, however, is valuing ourselves completely over everyone else. Like everything, the pendulum tends to swing too far at times. We’re gone from┬ábeing martyrs to being selfish, and it’s glamorized in the media and magazines. So how can we balance having “me” time to rejunvenate us while remaining mindful that the world doesn’t revolved around us? My favorite tips are listed below!

  1. Keep Committments – Respect someone else’s time, as well as your own, to be dependable enough to keep the committments you’ve made. Etiquette, at its core, is about respect for others. Changing your mind because something better came up or because you’re suddenly longing for a Netflix night isn’t respecting others or respecting yourself. While emergencies are a clear reason why plans may change, changing on a whim isn’t acceptable.
  2. Schedule Alone Time – By purposefully scheduling time that is dedicated to you, you won’t feel deprived when your attention is directed elsewhere. It truly is important that we allow our own cup to be filled – just not at the expense of others.
  3. Know Your Limitations – When you are starting to feel worn down, don’t set yourself and others up for disappointment. Go ahead and say “no.” I’m not sure where the idea of declining an offer was thought to be against etiquette, but let me assure you – it’s not. It’s perfectly acceptable to turn an offer down. There are times you’ll need to. Check out my post on how to gracefully say no here.

As always, thank you for reading! I hope to hear some of your own suggestions in the comment section!

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