Lockdown Number 6, Working From Home Again? Practical Tips For A Healthy Work Space!
During this pandemic many of us have had to adjust to working from home in a less than ideal environment. With a few simple alterations to your work space you can improve your productivity, improve your postural health and make working from home more enjoyable.
Where ever your work space is there are a few things that you need to consider:
Lighting: Aim for both natural light and desk lighting when natural light is either not available or inadequate. To maximise natural light, open curtains or blinds and place your desk near the window for natural light and ventilation. A desk lamp is a great way to provide extra lighting where you need it.
Practical: it needs to meet your requirements, a decent table-top space, power points if your using a computer, storage for the extra items, waste paper basket and a sturdy, comfortable seat.
Aesthetics: reduce the clutter, store only what you need on your desk. If you keep your desk clean and tidy it will create not only a more productive work space but one that you want to spend time at. Consider an indoor plant, a picture that inspires you, a candle or oil burner.
Noise: whether it's your dog, your child, the other half, or your house mate unwanted noise can be distracting. If you don't have a work space with a door, consider noise cancelling headphones. Music can also help, acoustic, motivational, classical... take your pick!
Ergonomics: just like a kitchen has a golden triangle, there are guidelines for the best desk ergonomics. Your seat should be at a height that allows your hips to be at around a 90 degree angle with your feet flat on the floor. If your using a computer the top 1/3 of the screen should be at your eye level and, around an arms length in distance away. Your keyboard should be placed so that your elbows can be by your side at a 90 degree angle. Finally, keep your head back, chin slightly tucked in so that your ears, shoulders and hips in line!!
6. Break it up: Last of all don't forget to take a break, at least 5 minutes every 55 minutes.
Stand-up, stretch, and complete some simple range of movement exercises. For ideas go to my blog page and check out 10 Simple Exercises to Break-up Sitting Time!