With more people spending time at home, both working or otherwise it is worth considering that spaces, and the way in which we use them can have a big impact on our overall health. This includes the small things you wouldn’t necessarily think of.
Let’s take a look at just two ways we spend our time! Here’s how you can improve your habits and spaces for better ergonomic health.
If you are working from home you are probably spending hours on the computer, often much more than when in your place of work, where you are more likely to get up and move around. This applies equally to those who are studying at home.
If you find that you are stuck in one place for hours on end try to make sure your setup is optimized to boost your ergonomic health and avoid unnecessary neck and shoulder pain.
If possible work at a table or desk sitting on a chair that properly supports your back. Try to have the centre of your screen just below eye level and your keyboard at a height so that your elbows are bent at 90 degrees. If you can try raising the whole setup onto a box or block and working some of the time standing. Take regular short breaks and stretch, keep a bottle of water nearby and take sips little and often and every now and then look out of the window to rest your eyes by looking into the distance.
Plenty of folk have been drawn to the kitchen when being stuck at home As a result they are spending lots of time standing at the worktop or in front of the cooker and sink. Spending long amounts of time doing any task can cause neck, low back and arm pain.
Again, just like computer work, have a think how you can change things to help. Kitchen worktops are designed for the mythical average person and many of us are taller or shorter than average so our kitchens may not actually suit us. If you are on the shorter side try using the table rather than the worktops for your preparation area, generally tables are lower and you might find it more comfortable, also working in the bottom of the sink is a lower area. Have a sturdy step in the kitchen and use it when getting things from high cupboards and shelves rather than over stretching, (please don’t balance precariously on chairs or stools!)
If you are taller you can raise the levels by placing an upturned bowl under the washing up bowl in the sink or stacking up 2 or 3 chopping boards with a damp tea towel between them to prevent slipping, when working at the worktop.
Don’t let discomfort get in the way of cake!