Today we're covering 'P', which stands for 'Power Posing'.
It sounds like a cheesy life coaching technique. But to quote an experienced, beautiful and successful consultant midwife after she'd used this it: 'I've been practising the 'power pose' all this week during stressful times (I'm not kidding!!)'.
(I love this, because it means even if someone appears 'totally together', you can guarantee they have the same struggle with inadequacy that we all experience.)
It takes 1-2 minutes, and changes the way you feel and appear, increasing your calm and confidence.
It's evidence based, and it's great for interview situations, but also:
- If you need to voice something at a meeting
- If you're advocating for a woman
- If you know you're going to come across someone you find intimidating
- If you're tired, a bit worried about how you'll cope with being fatigued, and need to raise energy levels.
When I first heard about Power Posing, I thought it mean you went up to people and posed at them to establish your dominance. Which I wasn't very keen on. It didn't sound conducive to a positive working environment to say the least, and I say this as a 4ft 11 inch person who knows what it's like to have very tall people tower over you. Not cool.
Instead, it's supposed to be done in private to change your hormone balance (really! They can pick it up on saliva tests), and changes your physiology subtly but surely to support you in being a leader.
Please let me know how you get on, I'd love to hear your stories.
All the best to you and yours, and I hope midwifery and life is treating you well,
P.s. I'm aware I haven't updated this video series in a Long Time. In fact, I've noticed it's almost a year to the day that I put the last one of these videos up. Oh well, here's hoping you'll forgive me. A lot has happened in that time, and I'm so grateful so many of you have followed us through YouTube, Facebook and here on MidwifeDiaries.com. I promise it won't be a year until the next one!