When you work outside of the home, your workplace probably provides some advice on how to stay safe and healthy. This can even be true for office jobs, where they’ll give you tips on how to sit ergonomically and take breaks often. When you’re working from home, however, it’s usually up to you to avoid the common issues. We’ve pulled together some tips that people who work from home can follow.
Get a Dedicated Work Surface
If you’re working from home, try to avoid simply working from the couch or the kitchen table. It might be okay for the occasional day here or there, but it often won’t be a great height to do work at and you’ll end up slouching (even more than you might otherwise).
Invest In a Supportive Chair
If you work at the computer regularly, another important investment will be a good chair with lumbar support. Do your research and pick a chair that supports proper posture and alignment.
If you’re working in a bedroom, you may notice that your usual mood lighting is causing some eye strain at the computer.
A Full Sized Keyboard
Instead of those little space-savers, try a full sized keyboard so that your hands aren’t always scrunched up while you’re typing away.
This is a common suggestion for neck strain issues. Depending on your setup, you may just be able to put your screen on top of a study box of some sort. You can even get an extra keyboard for a laptop and elevate it.
When you’re in the office, you may be forced to walk around a bit more, either as part of your work or as included breaks. At home, you might not get away from the screen as often.
Research Good Computer Posture
There’s a science to it! Look up good computer posture and adjust your setup accordingly.
We’ve listed quite a few items to purchase here, and it’s not always easy to make room in the budget. You may be surprised to see what people are selling, either from their own home office or even commercial offices. Plus, you may be able to try different brands and models on the cheap.
Or talk to a doc about taking vitamin D. People who transition to working from home especially might not realize how little time in the sun they’re getting suddenly. Try eating meals outside for a nice break and a little sunlight.
Embrace the Video Conference
People can struggle with feelings of isolation, especially when you’re transitioning to a new work from home position or when the weather starts getting dark and dreary. Embrace the connection that video conferences provide, awkwardness and all.