If you have a desk job, are a college going individual, or simply have everyday work on your computer or desk – you certainly know the difficulties of sitting down continuously to work.
From soreness in the muscles to lower back pain and piercing headaches; your workspace seems to be doing a lot to you than much for you. Add in the work-from-home routine amid the COVID-19 pandemic, and suddenly the body seems too tired to move afterwards.
What is the way out?
Set Up Your Ergonomic Home Workspace
The way to giving some relief to your body while enhancing productivity is by adopting a workspace that is designed to give you comfort, ease, and the ability to work for hours on end. Here’s what you need to do:
1. Get the Right Desk
To make a proper workspace, you cannot be working on the bed, on the floor, or a beanbag (no matter how comfortable it is). You need the right ergonomic desk.
- Such a desk should be of just right height. This means it shouldn’t be so low that you have to bend yourself to work. Nor should it be as high for you to strain your muscles to continue work.
- Your legs should fit comfortable under the desk. Whether you are found of sitting cross-legged while you work or place your feet firmly on the ground, your desk’s height should be enough to allow you to do both.
2. Accompany It With a Comfortable Chair
Getting a comfortable chair is key for an ergonomic workspace. Make sure your chair is of the right height to allow you to sit straight, and not hunched.
A good ergonomic chair has the following qualities:
- Able to recline and vary height.
- The seat is made of comfortable and breathable fabric to allow prolonged sitting.
- Has arm rests
3. Correct Placement of Items on the Desk
Experts suggest that dividing your workspace into sections and carefully navigating placement can enhance comfort and ease of work. This includes doing the following:
- Place your monitor/laptop at least 20 inches away from you.
- Keep the frequently used items within range. These include keyboard, mouse, perhaps your calculator, etc.
- Have the keyboard titled away from you, instead of towards you. If working on a laptop, elevate it to 10-20° instead of placing it at a 90° angle. This will rest your hand while you type.
4. Fix Your Posture
Back upright, eyes straight, and elbows bent; this is how you need to be seated to ensure your home office remains less tiring for your body.
Follow these tips:
- Have your elbow bent to a 90°, while your wrist remains in a neutral position. This will prevent wrist pain and medical issues like Carpel Tunnel Syndrome.
- Keep your back straight and use a pillow for lumbar support.
- Place the computer/laptop straight in front so your gaze is fixed straight rather than down. Having to look down exerts undue pressure on your head and shoulders.
Make Your Home Office Ergonomic & Yourself Healthy – Today!
Now that you know the way to a productive work-from-home routine; what is stopping you from embracing a comfortable home office?
Follow the steps and create your workspace of ease so you don’t have to worry about backaches, headaches, and long hours sitting at your desk.
Choose Ergonomic. Choose You.