After an entire year of working from home, your body has probably noticed some new aches and pains. Even though working from home has its perks, it can take a toll on your body.
Body aches, back pain, and chronic pain are all downsides of being a full-time remote worker. Luckily, you can incorporate some ergonomics tips to help reduce these pains.
What is ergonomics? It simply refers to how your space is designed. If your office space is ergonomic, that means it’s functionally designed for comfort and efficiency. If your home office isn’t designed ergonomically, it’s time to change that with these tips.
1. Use a Desktop Instead of a Laptop
If it’s possible, you should always choose to use a desktop computer over a laptop. Desktops don’t force your body to scrunch up and hunch over as laptops do. They’re at a better eye level, which is better for your spine support, and the keyboards for desktops are easier on your wrists.
Another major perk of using a desktop computer is that the keyboard is separated, so you can use a keyboard tray to move it around in a way that will help relieve issues like hand cramping and wrist pain.
2. Use a Desk With the Correct Height
If you’re working at the kitchen table, your surface is probably too high. Your chair is also probably too low, which is a bad combo that takes a toll on your body.
An ergonomic workspace includes a desk at a height that allows you to sit up straight instead of hunch over. You should also use a comfortable chair with proper lumbar support and armrests to support your elbows.
If your chair isn’t comfortable, try adding a pillow. These changes will help eliminate intense neck and shoulder pain.
3. Move Throughout the Day
It’s easy to get caught up in work and not stand up for hours. Usually, you don’t notice how contorted your body has been until you stand up and notice the aches and pain.
Combat this by taking breaks to walk around every half hour. Even two minutes of stretching will make a big difference for your body. Taking a break from your screen will also help you avoid constant eye strain.
If you have a standing desk option, rotating between sitting and standing while you work is a great way to move your body too.
Ergonomics Tips for Working From Home
These ergonomics tips will help avoid aches and pains while you work from home, and they can even improve your posture. Our homes are not naturally set up for ergonomics, so some adjustments are necessary to make your home office a healthier place to work.
Most people have been stuck making due in a dysfunctional office space or makeshift living room, kitchen table, or bedroom office.
It’s time to change that. You shouldn’t put up with back pain or body aches while you work. The main thing you should remember is to avoid scrunching and slouching as much as possible, and take breaks to move your body and give your eyes a break from the screen.
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