How to Stay Healthy When Working at a Computer

How to Stay Healthy When Working at a Computer
30 Jul 2020

In this day and age, many workers may find that they spend the majority of their working days sitting down – and, with the rise of technology and smarter ways of working, this is highly likely to be sat down at a computer desk and using a screen for work.

When it comes to working at a computer day in and day out, there are various methods you should incorporate to make sure that you’re staying healthy in this working environment.

Stretch Your Legs

When you’re busy with your work, it’s easy to forget that you haven’t stood up in a while. It takes conscious effort to regularly stand up and walk around, but you should try to do so whenever convenient. Take a break to walk and get a glass of water, take a turn around the room, and sit back down: any small movements on a regular basis will help.

Maintain Good Posture

Good posture is crucial when you’re sitting at a desk all day. You should find a comfortable position where your back is supported by a quality office chair, and your legs are raised off the ground. Your head should always be facing forward, rather than strained up or down, with your screen within eyeline.

If you find yourself slumping or straining, try to be more mindful about how you are sitting.

Set Up Your Desk Specifically for You

There are good general practices for everybody, but only you can make your desk space right for you. Just like your driving seat in a car would be tailored specifically for you, make sure your workspace is, too. Adjust your chair, raise your screen, or get wrist supports for your keyboard: anything that makes it supportive and comfortable.

Take Regular Breaks

Staying healthy means looking after your mind, too. You don’t want to risk burnout from taking too few breaks or not letting your mind wander from work for five minutes or so. Find something that you can enjoy during your breaks that doesn’t focus on work, such as reading a magazine, visiting to play games, or even just taking a walk outside.

Incorporate Natural Light

Natural light is key, both for mental health and to reduce eye strain. Be sure to work within a brightly lit space – near a window, if possible – but also be sure to eliminate screen glare by positioning your screen away from the light.

Look Away from the Screen Regularly

Don’t forget to blink and allow your eyes to roam away from the screen every once in a while. Focusing on something in the distance will help to reduce eye strain from your screen.

Keep Healthy Snacks with You

Sitting at a desk can easily encourage bad eating habits if you surround yourself with unhealthy snacks that you unconsciously feast on while you’re working. Instead, try taking packs of fruit or other healthy snacks, and make sure these are your only options when you need a snack.

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Craig Silva

Craig is a husband, a father, team leader, senior youth group coordinator, designer, brander, community builder, volunteer, blogger, and social media manager. Craig likes to go camping, travel, go on road trips, watch movies, read with his girls, build stuff, operate the grill, and play bass guitar. In June 2017, PR firm Cision identified Craig as one of Canada’s top 10 most popular male bloggers in the parents and family space. Known as Big Daddy Kreativ, his blog specializes in travel, lifestyle, food, automotive, events, parenting, movies, tech, recipes, health, pets, reviews, and giveaways.

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