Today, especially in the world of COVID-19, most working adults find themselves working in front of a computer for eight or more hours a day. In addition to being in front of a computer all day, we further expose ourselves to the screens of our phones and televisions. Even though working in front of a screen all day seems harmless, exposing yourself to screens all day can cause detrimental damage to not only your mental health but also your physical health. Too much screen time can cause eyestrain, blurred vision, headaches, and neck pain. It is important as we adjust to the new reality of remote working that one’s health is still being taken into consideration.
Protect your eyes
First and foremost, staring at a screen all day takes a huge toll on your eyes. Constantly looking at screens strains your eyesight, which can lead to blurred vision and headaches. Not to mention that we can get in a habit when working of positioning ourselves so close to the screen. Make sure your computer has a protective screen over it, or invest in some blue light glasses to protect your eyes. Take breaks now and then to give your eyes a rest.
Make sure you are still moving your body and stretching
One of the most important things to do when you are stuck working at a computer all day is to get moving! Right now, it requires no effort to go from your bed to the computer. To keep your body healthy, you want to make sure you are still incorporating physical movement in your everyday life. Take walks to break up your day, stretch, do yoga, hit those 10,000 steps, do whatever you want, but keep your body moving.
Correct that posture!
One of the biggest issues other than straining your eyes is the strain that sitting all day does to your back. Making sure that you are sitting at a chair that supports your back can make all the difference. Find what works for you! Some people prefer a standing desk, or sitting on a bouncy ball. Go with whatever will help your back feel the best.
Perfect your working space (not your bed!)
As tempting as it is to stay in bed all day and simply work from the comfort of your bed in your PJs, it is the worst possible thing you could do for your posture. Make sure that you have a desk chair that works well for your back and working style! Sometimes it’s nice to switch it up and work somewhere else, both for your body and your mind.
Remember to take care of your hands & wrists.
Working hours on a keyboard puts a lot of strain on your hand and wrists, and the last thing you want to get from working on a computer all day is carpal tunnel. Make sure you invest in a good mouse and mouse pad that provides sufficient support for your hands and wrists.