Your wellbeing and working from home
Ensuring you have a physical, mental and emotional balance is a must during our working lives and if you’re new to working from home, then it’s even more important to make sure you’re looking after yourself.
Ensuring you have all the necessary equipment in your new working office is, of course, important and so is comfort. Here we give you some top tips on setting up an ergonomic office and how you can make the best out of your new home working environment.
Focus on natural light and fresh air
Try and work in an area where natural light is readily available, ideally near a window where you will benefit from some fresh air. As well as being able to enjoy further energy savings by needing less artificial lighting, natural light also offers vitamin D.
Make sure you’re sitting comfortably
Be sure to choose an office chair that supports your posture. Even if we’re working from home, good posture is still as important as it is in the office. Having the correct chair can really help take away body stresses and help prevent musculoskeletal disorders that can occur when you work on a laptop for long periods. Ensuring your lower back has sufficient support is important for avoiding back pain and the build-up of pressure points which can result in deep vein thrombosis. Ergonomic office furniture can reduce the risk of back pain, playing a key role in making sure you are sitting comfortably. Having those all important features to adjust position, height and tilt will help prevent symptoms associated with repetitive strain injuries and help keep you sitting comfortably.
Invest in height adjustable solutions for your office and make sure you have regular desk breaks. It’s suggested that we move around for 5-10 minutes for every hour we are sat down, so frequent short breaks will give different parts of your body time to rest.
It’s so easy when working from home to skip breaks and that includes those all-important tea and coffee breaks. It's suggested that you also have a bottle of water at your desk to help keep you hydrated throughout the day. Staying hydrated will help you stay alert and keep you focused for longer, meaning when you are working, you’ll be more productive.
Invest in a foot stool
If you’re on the petite side, a footrest may help to reduce pressure on your legs, relieve pressure on the lower back and even improve circulation and blood flow. Known to encourage active sitting, they also help keep your feet flat and distribute weight evenly. If you’re chair doesn’t get low enough for your feet to touch the floor, then this is an office must-have.
If you would like some further advice on ergonomic office solutions, Call Lauren or Adrian on 01579 324174 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
. We are always happy to help and can even offer advice on current home office packages to help get you started.