5 min read | 16 April, 2020 By Rachael Down
From equipment essentials to alignment advice, we thought we'd share our best ways to set up your desk while working from home.
Here's our run down of the essential working from home:
Let's set the scene. Quite literally.
You need a tablet/ desktop/ laptop/ and or monitor, plus a phone and wifi connection. Find a table/desk and a chair where you can rest your elbows at a 90 angle by the keyboard.
According to DSE guidance and our in-office demo with Posture People last year, it's best to position the top of the computer screen in line with your eyes. Our office hero, Jacqui ordered us laptop and monitor stands to help with this.
For those looking for more creative, DIY working-from-home solutions, you can try books, Yellow Pages, wooden blocks or even magazines. (Or click on the link above.)
If you don't have a dedicated space or desk, don't worry. According to Posture People's director and founder, Jo Blood any table will do:
Your kitchen table is the perfect place to start but be aware that they're typically around 3cm higher than your average office desk and your kitchen chair is 3cm lower.
Make up for this by using cushions to add height to your chair and support your lumbar.
But what if you don't have a swanky office ergonomic chair? Further options include:
Humans, ergonomically speaking aren't designed for sedentary lifestyles, especially long-periods of the day spent inside and sat down in front of a screen.
That's why it's good to understand which positions can protect your body, help digestion and improve circulation as well as the ones to avoid at all costs.
Back cushions or rests are advised here and like the other equipment, is available for home delivery. Jacqui bought ours at Amazon.co.uk.
It's priceless advice. Swivel that seat away from the screen and out of your working from home office.
It took me 5,000 miles, a solo trip to India and a 200-hour yoga teacher training certification to understand just how important it is for your mind and wellbeing to keep moving and breathe consciously.
Here's some tips I picked up along the way that could help you stay healthy and aligned while working from home.
Taking the time to pause in between tasks and stretch frequently throughout the day increases productivity as well as supports employee health and wellbeing.
Stress, anxiety and suppressed tension collect at the neck and the tops of the shoulders.
To help digestion, support the spine and balance energy levels throughout the day, always start your twist on the right side of your body. This helps to massage your intestines and push waste through the colon.
Consider the lighting and check your screen brightness settings. If you suffer from headaches, eye strain and blurred vision, check out screen dimming extensions and add-ons for your desktop. We like f.lux, which automatically adjusts screen brightness to the time of day.
Eye stretches. Yes, your eyes are muscles so need a good stretch as much as the rest of them. Start by looking up, down, side to side and then diagonally direct your focus to each corner of the room.