How Looking Up Can Relieve Anxiety & Boost Productivity

Similarly, your gaze can affect your psychological and emotional state. “When you look down, you’re sending the sign to your autonomic nervous system [that it’s] time to get sleepy and simply calm down,” says Alexander. Your body assumes you’re going to wind down, and you experience less energy in preparation for rest.

That being said: When you want to feel more energetic, Alexander says all you have to is raise your gaze: “When you’re looking up, it’s sending the signal that it’s time to wake up, time to get creative, time to come up with ideas. You know, creative thoughts, energy,” he says. Other consultants again him up, too: Research exhibits that looking at broad distances really prompts the parasympathetic nervous system and helps to scale back stress, enhance creativity, and improve problem-solving abilities. 

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