7 Main Causes of Bad Posture ๐Ÿซ๐Ÿ“ for Girls Who Just Can't Keep Their Backs Straight ๐Ÿค” ...

I can't remember a moment when I didn't have terrible posture. It isn't for lack of trying; from testing out dirt cheap back braces from eBay (BAD idea ๐Ÿ˜‘) to attempting to burn ๐Ÿ”ฅ through all of the latest tricks, I've done it all.

It wasn't until later that I realized that the main reason why none of the doctor-approved hacks worked for me is because I didn't actually understand what was causing my bad posture in the *first place*. For starters, I'm a writer who spends most of my time ๐Ÿ•œ leaning over my laptop, which means that I pretty much negated all of my hard work in the span of five minutes ๐Ÿ˜ฎ. Sometimes, it's really hard to understand just how much our daily routine ๐Ÿ“… affects our bodies. These are just a few of the ways your innocent ๐Ÿ˜‡ habits hurt your back.

1. The Position You Sleep ๐Ÿ’ค in Isn't the Most Comfortable

How you sleep ๐Ÿ’ค can have a major impact on your back. If you often find yourself sleeping in a C-shape, you may want to test out a new position. According to Everyday Health , sleeping on your back reduces โฌ‡๏ธ lower back pain. Just make sure to slip a pillow under your knees first to protect your spine's natural curve!

2. Driving ๐Ÿš Strains Your Lower Back, Especially if Your Seat ๐Ÿ’บ is Pushed Too Far Back

If your seat ๐Ÿ’บ isn't correctly adjusted, you're automatically putting an unhealthy amount of pressure on your back. When you're in a hurry, it may seem easier to just leave the seat ๐Ÿ’บ as is but the end result isn't worth it.

3. Being a Chronic Texter ๐Ÿ’ฌ๐Ÿ“ฑ is a Pain in the Neck - Literally ๐Ÿ‘Ž

This is the number one reason why most of us can't sit up straight ๐Ÿ‘Ž. We spend so much time ๐Ÿ•• bending our heads when we text ๐Ÿ“ฑthat we don't notice how the negative effect it has on our neck and shoulders. It's impossible to give up texting ๐Ÿ’ฌ completely so do yourself a favor by designating a time ๐Ÿ•– where you won't look at your phone ๐Ÿ“ฑ; it can be as little as 30 minutes to an hour โณ a day.

4. Sitting up Straight is Hard when You're Sitting in the Wrong Position All Day ๐Ÿ˜ฅ

Speaking of looking down at your phone, the way you sit when you're texting ๐Ÿ’ฌ (or just in general) also plays a huge role in your constant back pain. If you're like me, your back needs some kind of support. Fully lean back against your chair ๐Ÿ’บ while bending your elbows at a 90 degree angle.

5. Ask Yourself This Question: What's in Your Bag ๐Ÿ’ผ?

I like being prepared for any situation. After all, you never know who you'll meet or when you'll need something to pass the time ๐Ÿ˜š. Naturally, this means that my "bag of mystery" is always packed with the following: an eyeshadow palette, a makeup ๐Ÿ’„ brush, two different lipstick ๐Ÿ‘„ shades, a reading book ๐Ÿ“– for my morning ๐ŸŒ„ commute, a portable charger for my phone ๐Ÿ”Œ, my laptop ๐Ÿ’ป, and a sweater just in case it gets chilly. I've been trying to combat the strain on my neck and shoulders by condensing what I carry in my bag ๐Ÿ’ผ or switching sides from time to time.

6. Good Posture Takes More than Just Keeping Your Head ๐Ÿ‘ฆ๐Ÿฝ up

The best way to stand up straight - the right way โ˜‘๏ธ - is to imagine that an imaginary string is holding you up. Your feet ๐Ÿ‘ฃ should be proportionate to your shoulders (which will help keep your core centered) while you're also pulling your shoulders back.

7. Stressing out Puts More Stress ๐Ÿ˜“ on ๐Ÿ”› Your Body

You'd be surprised ๐Ÿ˜จ just how much stress and anxiety can mess with your posture ๐Ÿ˜Ÿ. Think about it. When you're upset ๐Ÿ™ about something, it tends to show in the way you carry yourself. Give yourself a necessary break by doing things that relieve stress such as exercising ๐Ÿƒ or even getting a relaxing massage ๐Ÿ™Œ.