Healthy Habits: Top Tips for Staying Healthy at Work
Every week of January, Gravitas are bringing you some of our top Healthy Habits for 2021.
This week, it’s all about looking after yourself while working.
Give your eyes some rest
Staring at your computer screen all day can cause fatigue, eye strain and headaches. So give your eyes a break and prevent this by following what’s known as the 20-20-20 rule: every 20 minutes, look at something 20 feet away for 20 seconds. Use reminders on your phone or computer to get yourself into the habit, and remember to keep blinking!
Keep your workspace tidy
Tidy desk, tidy mind…Having an organised workspace can really help you feel much more organised in whatever task you’re working on. Keep it clean and clear of clutter.
Invest in a laptop stand
Having your laptop sat on a flat table or desk causes us to hunch over, which can lead to bad posture and lower back pain. Laptop stands are an easy way to prevent this. Set one up so that the top of your screen is positioned at, or slightly below, eye level. It should be 20 inches (an arm’s length) from your eyes. And remember, you can claim the cost back as a taxable expense with HMRC!
Make the most of your lunches
Resist the urge to spend your lunch breaks scrolling through social media or reading the news…Get up and go for a walk, do an online exercise class, or even just go sit somewhere peaceful away from your desk with a nice cuppa. You’ll feel refreshed and energised for the rest of the day.
Create some boundaries between work & home life
A side-effect of working from home is that many of us have blurred the separation between these. This can make it difficult to disconnect and relax at the end of the day. So create some boundaries by working in a different room to where you sleep (if you can), or practice a ‘fake commute’ at the start and end of each day. This could be a quick walk around the block, or 5 minutes of meditation). If your desk is in your bedroom, pack your work stuff away at the end of each day to create a mental disconnect.
If you found these useful, check out last week’s Healthy Habits too.
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