Maintaining the right posture while working from home

People from all around the world are finding themselves in an unexpected situation of working from home, without having a proper home office setup. Due to the pandemic situation, a greater part of the companies have allotted its employees with work from home. This offers the comfort of being in your pajamas, but with a lack of a proper office setup, it can be difficult to maintain the right posture while working from home. Here are some tips for keeping proper posture and minimizing any kind of strain:

  1. Listen to your body: While working from a desk, table, couch or bed, you should never feel discomfort. Your body will tell you when something doesn’t feel right. Sometimes, a tiny adjustment will make a big difference.
  2. Get up and move around often: You should never sit in one position for more than an hour, even if you’re comfortable. You should get up and move around every 30 to 40 minutes. It is also a reminder to reset your posture when you go back to work.
  3. Look down with your eyes, not your neck: Most people tilt their heads forward toward their device, when working on a laptop or phone. Always avoid any wasted movement, even the constant up and down movement of your head.
  4. Stay hydrated: Staying hydrated encourages you to get up often, whether you are refilling your drink or going to the bathroom.
  5. Take breaks to stretch: Stretching helps you loosen any muscles that you might have unconsciously tensed up.
  6. Use a microphone headset: Try avoiding speaking on the phone directly, use a headset instead. If you don’t have a pair of headphones, use your phone’s speaker. If you hold your phone to your ear, use it for short periods of time and hold it with your non-dominant hand so you can write with your other one. You should never use your shoulder to hold your phone against your ear.
  7. Be aware of your stance: After 15-20 minutes of being in the same position, most people start to slump. Keep yourself in check about often to feel how your body is positioned and rearrange your posture if you need to.

    A proper posture plays a more important role than most of us think. It increases our productivity and creativity levels and helps us stay proactive. That’s why you should always make a conscious effort about maintaining the right posture, especially while working from home.

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