Tips for Working from Home
As we enter another week of social distancing and working from home there is a good chance that some may be experiencing low back aches and pains. So what can you do to help while you’re working from home?
Dedicate an area that you will be using for the next couple of weeks. Make this your area.
- Monitor: Make sure the top of the screen is at or just slightly below your eye level. It also needs to be about an arm’s length away. If using a laptop set it on a stand or books.
- Keyboard and mouse: Use a traditional set up as you would have in the office. If you’re using a laptop, use an external keyboard and mouse.
- Chair: Try to find a chair with good lumbar support. This can be tough because the chairs we usually have at home lack any kind of lumbar support. Roll up a towel and place it between your low back and the chair. This will help provide some support that you wouldn’t normally have.
We tend to hear a lot about posture when it comes to working from home. There are many things we can look at. Here are a few things I suggest:
- Use the lumbar support that was mentioned earlier.
- Sit up nice and tall
- Shoulders back
- Chin a little tucked
- Feet flat on the floor
You can have the absolute perfect posture all day but our body was made to move. It is extremely important to take frequent breaks. Cross your legs, kneel, stand, lay down on the couch or floor. Go for a short walk. This will help prevent the aches and pains you may be experiencing.
Many of us are safe at home and may feel bored or are trying to set and meet some goals while they are practicing social distancing. Check out our blog post where we discuss how to make goals. Feel free to give us a call at (515) 500-6551 if you have any questions.
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