As you read this, I’d like you to simultaneously become conscious of your body, and in particular how tense it may be.
When I did the same myself a couple of minutes ago, I found I was gritting my teeth, hunching up my shoulders and inexplicably tensing my fingers.
The man’s a bundle of nerves.
Check out your own body, though.
Maybe you’re wonderfully relaxed, but the chances are that you’re holding at least some of your muscles tighter than they need to be.
Visualise a frightened animal, and you’ll probably imagine it being crouched taughtly low, ready for the fight or flight mechanism to kick in, either to launch an attack or to get the heck out of there.
If you’re anxious, your brain sends messages to your body without you knowing, telling it to be ready for action, in just the same way that it happens for other species.
Fortunately we rarely need to be prepared for fisticuffs or fleeing, but unfortunately this involuntary muscular tension isn’t good for us.
While there’s undeniable value in taking a few minutes whenever you can to completely relax your body, opportunities to do so can be thin on the ground.
So it makes sense to simply try and be more aware of hunching, grinding and clenching as you go through your day.
Every so often, give your muscles a check-up, and let go of that tension, even if only momentarily.
Hunching, grinding and clenching really isn’t good for you.
Mark you, it would make a good name for a firm of lawyers.