How to Make Working From Home More Physically Comfortable
May 21, 2020
AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli
While we all enjoy some things about working from home during the pandemic, like sleeping in a little later and not having to commute, there are things about the office we miss too...like it's more comfortable. The New York Times put together some pointers on how to make your work from home experience a little easier on your body.
- Use a thick book to raise your screen. Raise your laptop so it's just below eye level, and also use a separate keyboard and mouse if possible.
- Use a book to raise your feet. If you're short, put the book under your toes to raise them. If you're tall, sit on a book to raise your knees and give hem a break.
- Create a makeshift standing desk. Put that thick book on a kitchen counter and stretch your legs.
- Check your elbow position. When typing, keep your elbows at 90 degrees with straight wrists. Move your keyboard to keep shifting your position.
- Skip the plush chairs. Chairs with tons of back support hurt you because you’re less likely to shift around in a comfy chair.
- Wrist flexor and extensor stretches. Stand with one arm out in front of you and your palm facing the ground. With your other hand, gently pull your fingers of the outstretched arm back. You should feel the stretch in the underside of your wrist. Hold for a moment then release. Next, keeping your arm straight, use your other hand to push your fingers and palm down and toward your body. Hold a few seconds, then release. Repeat with your other arm.
- Shoulder shrugs. Bring your shoulders up toward your ears and holding for 3-5 seconds. Release and repeat 3-5 times.
- Back and chest stretch. Clasping your hands behind your head, squeeze your shoulder blades together. Hold this squeeze for 5-6 seconds. Take a breath, then repeat one more time.