9. Change positions regularly.
While alignment is important, it’s also important to move around while you’re at work, too. Staying in one position for too long can lead to other, sometimes quite serious issues, so don’t be afraid to change positions should you feel uncomfortable or just want to mix things up.
10. Don’t just work through pain.
If you’ve already sustained an injury due to a poor ergonomic set-up, you really should try to avoid any motions that further irritate it until it can heal, though this may take some modifications in your usual routine to accomplish. If a source of pain is new, stop what you’re doing if possible and try to figure out what’s causing it before it gets any worse. You’ll lose a few minutes of work time, but it could help you avoid a lot of pain and problems in the future.
When you’re trying to sit properly at a computer, you shouldn’t be stressing your muscles in order to do so. Your arms, legs, fingers, and hands should all be in a relaxed position. If they’re not, you may not be sitting right. While you might have to move out of a relaxed positions to type, always remember to give your hands a break by moving them back out flat when you’re not typing.
12. Give your eyes a rest.
Ever get a headache, blurry vision, or just painful eyes after staring at the computer screen for hours on end? That’s called computer eye strain and it happens to about 50% of computer users. Eye strain may not seem like a big deal, but it can lead to fatigue at work (and lower productivity) and can increase your risk for glaucoma.
So, rather than powering through a long computer session, remind yourself to take breaks regularly, focusing on an object at a distance for a few minutes to give your eyes a break. Additionally, you can modify your workstation to reduce the strain on your eyes by using proper lighting, placing your screen so it doesn’t strain your neck, and using a screen filter.
And always remember – one of the easiest, simplest, and most inexpensive things you can do for yourself ergonomically speaking – is to use the best ergonomic pen out there whenever you write. The UGLee Pen fits that bill perfectly. It’s a comfort pen. It’s a relaxing pen. And it’s a healthy pen that allows even those of you who suffer from arthritis, carpal tunnel syndrome, or any other condition that prevents you from easily grasping and using a pen – to do so!
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