Many engineers spend a lot of time in front of their computers for work and play. But we all know how unhealthy it is to just sit in front a screen, typing and analyzing away for more than 8 hours a day (then every time you get a break, you spend half of it scrolling through social media on your smartphone). If you want to stay healthy, despite having to attend to all your digital tasks, start taking these tips seriously.
Reduce your eyestrain
Eyestrain can lead to many health problems such as headaches, blurred vision, migraines and many more. Avoid these problems altogether by spending less time looking at your computer. If you can’t leave your station, try taking short 5 minute breaks to rest your eyes. Organize your papers or maybe go to the restroom. Another good way to reduce eyestrain is to dim your computer light in the brightness settings.
Check your posture
Sitting at your desk in front of your computer all day leads you to future back pain, so make sure your posture is correct. Check that your lower back is well supported and your feet should be flat on the floor. Keep your monitor at the same level as your eyes to avoid neck pain. In addition to this, your hips should be level with your knees, and your forearms should be extended straight from your body to where you are typing. Don’t forget to get regular breaks as well and do light stretches.
Rest your wrists and fingers
You may think that your wrists and fingers don’t need much attention when it comes to health, but you need to make sure that they’re healthy too. Too much strain on the wrists could cause CTS or Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and other related problems. Give your hands occasional rests and do basic stretches as well. Keep your wrists at neutral position while you are typing, and keep your elbows at 90 degrees to avoid strain.
Whenever you are given the chance to move, go. Need to have a file photocopied or shredded? Walk to the photocopy room. Need to talk to someone on a different floor? If it’s possible, go to the person instead of making a call. Move, to reduce the risk of heart disease, or diabetes.
Take a break from social media
Source: Karyn Gerrard
You’re already cooped up in front of a computer for 8 hours or more, don’t give the rest of your day to your smartphone. Social media can be very enticing, and at the same time stressful for you mentally.