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Couches, recliners and beds covered in pillows – oh my! Earlier this year, I wrote about Proper Desk Alignment to Avoid Injury in your workplace. After working tirelessly to perfect your office set up, the rules have now changed for many and your immediate future may include working from home. So, let’s talk about how to arrange your work-from-home station so that your neck and back aren’t hurting by lunch.
Recommended computer and workstation arrangements are the same as in the office. Highlights include:
Even with a purposefully arranged set up, posture variety is key! Every 30 minutes to an hour, make some changes to interrupt the gradual increase in stress that comes from sustained postures. Your body’s preference for variety is good news because everyone can vary their positions, even if their set up is actually somewhat less than ideal like working in bed, on a couch, next to a little one’s floor seat, etc.
Notably, if you change your home workstation location entirely, you will not have to micromanage your surroundings! Answering emails on the floor next to your infant’s play mat? Switch to the dining room table for that video meeting around snack time and you can add musculoskeletal hygiene to your multitasking checklist!
Your house may be lacking adjustable-height chairs and footrests, but some common items can be re-purposed in your home to optimize your posture while working from home.
When many things are beyond our control, I hope you find some comfort and support, even if it is just from a sturdy stack of books on which you can rest your feet.