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When you think about managing mental health conditions such as bipolar disorder, posture probably isn’t the first thing that comes to mind. But more and more research is showing that how you hold and position your body can have a profound effect on how you feel.

While it’s clear that our state of mind can affect our posture, it may be less obvious that our posture can affect our state of mind. But it truly is a two-way street. By changing your body posture you can change how you think and feel, improve your well-being, and perhaps even change the outcome of your life.

How Posture Affects Us

Research is showing that posture affects our biochemistry and impacts us psychologically in a number of ways, including our:

  • Mood
  • Motivation
  • Energy level
  • Stress level
  • Decision-making

While modern research “proves” this connection, it’s understood in wisdom traditions dating back to ancient times. In practices such as yoga, meditation, prayer, martial arts, and dance, different postures are associated with different states of consciousness.

There are a number of reasons that posture impacts our state of mind:

  • Different postures have different effects on the anatomy and physiology of the body. Posture affects, among other things, heart rate, blood pressure, breathing, muscle tension, blood flow and reflexes.

Article via Psychology Today and was written by Amanda MacMillan

People often think that you can either handle alcohol or you're an alcoholic. But that kind of black-and-white view of our complicated relationship with alcohol is false. Drinking habits exist on a spectrum, and the majority of people who drink excessively are not alcohol-dependent. But that does not mean that their level of drinking is good for them.

Last week, we explored the latest research on women and alcohol which shows that women and moms are drinking more. The experts we spoke with suggested that anyone who drinks regularly take a look at how they are drinking and decide if it is time to make a change. 

In general, studies show that women who stay within "low-risk" limits of alcohol use (no more than three drinks on any day and no more than seven drinks a week) have only a 2 percent chance of developing an alcohol use disorder, but these numbers only tell part of the story.

"I'm always reluctant to be quick to judge someone's use just by frequency alone," says Sheila Vakharia, PhD, MSW, assistant professor of social work at Long Island University-Brooklyn. "There are so many other factors to take into account: How quickly are you drinking? Are you drinking on an empty stomach? Are you drinking before you have to drive or supervise your kids? Did one drink lead to another, which led to another?" And some situations make drinking any amount of alcohol unsafe, like if you're pregnant or taking certain medications.

Even if you're not addicted to alcohol, you could still have an unhealthy...Click here to read the full article. 

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Michael Crookston, MD - Psychiatrist at Intermountain Healthcare 

Shannon Saldaña, PharmD - Advanced Clinical Psychiatric Pharmacist at Intermountain Healthcare 

Thursday, April 28, 2016 

Doors open at 5:45 p.m. with presentation at 6:00 p.m. 

Intermountain Medical Center 

Doty Educational Center (Building 6), East Auditorium 

5121 S. Cottonwood Street 

Murray, UT 84107