Make your home office healthier: How to take care of your spine, joints and eyes
There are many advantages to working in your home office. But one big disadvantage is that we need to pay more attention to getting enough exercise and to our health, but especially a healthy back. However, there are a few simple things we can do to take care of our back health and avoid chronic back pain. Also, don’t underestimate the importance of exercise during your workday.
There are now many handy desk aids to help you adopt a more ergonomic sitting posture. How can you adopt the best possible sitting posture at your home office desk? There are really expensive ergonomic seating options, but even with inexpensive office chairs, you don’t have to adopt an unhealthy sitting posture. Footrests or ergonomic seat cushions can help you sit upright and protect your spine. With an optimal sitting position, your knees are at right angles and your forearms are as parallel to your desk as possible.
Keyboard & Mouse
Ergonomic input devices are designed differently and are better adapted to human movement in the workplace. To reduce the pressure on your wrists, you can, for example, get a mouse pad with a gel cushion.
Monitor stand or mount
The correct position of the monitor is crucial for relieving neck pressure. Movable monitor stands or mounts help put the monitor in the right position so that your neck isn’t unnecessarily strained. You should be able to look forward at the monitor in a relaxed manner.
Get up and move around regularly
Height-adjustable desks encourage more movement in your workday and allow you to alternate between sitting and standing, which helps prevent tension. Additionally, take regular walking breaks, such as a 10-minute walk around the block. This helps boost metabolism, promotes healthy circulation and takes pressure off your spine.
A good monitor, and especially the brightness of the monitor, are crucial to keep your eyes from getting tired quickly. Adjust the monitor to be easy on the eyes and look out of the window in between. This relaxes the eyes, and additionally the head.
If you work from home, take advantage of the opportunity and design your workplace and your workday as healthy as possible. There are many tools that are not expensive, and many measures that are not costly, to make your home office day healthier.