Don't Sit Down: 4 Tips for a Healthier Home Office

15 May 2021Updated: 4 hours ago | 52 people are reading

Don't Sit Down: 4 Tips for a Healthier Home Office

© Beau Monde Don't stay put: 4 tips for a healthier home office

Do you have a lot of problems with your back now that you've been working at the kitchen table for a month? We have some tips for you to help you organize your home office a bit more ergonomically.

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Until recently, the kitchen table was perhaps the favorite place in your home. The place where you gave the most delicious dinners, spent hours sitting with your friends or the place where your family gathered at the end of the day to exchange stories. Now that you've been working every day for a month, your relationship with that table may have changed a bit. Those chairs, which you immediately fell in love with in the store, turn out to be not completely ergonomically sound on closer inspection. Fortunately, there are a number of things that you can easily apply to make your home office a pleasant workplace. Very nice now that it appears that there will be no change in the situation for the time being ...

Tip 1: Change your attitude regularly

Whatever your workplace looks like, it is important that you regularly changes attitude. In fact, this should probably be done a lot more often than you think. In an interview with Vogue, American chiropractor John Amaral explains, "It is important that you change your posture every 2 to 3 minutes and that you take a 2-minute break every half hour in which you take the time to move." So walk around your house or do a few back exercises.

Tip 2: Use your ironing board

No, we don't want to saddle you with a pile of unwanted laundry to iron. Your ironing board can serve very well as a desk that you can stand behind. In an ideal world, you should work more standing than sitting. When working, pay attention to your posture: point your toes straight forward and gently push your thighs together so that your hips rotate slightly outward. Furthermore, it is important both sitting and standing that your screen is at eye level and that you can keep your arms at an angle of 90 degrees.

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Tip 3: Teach yourself an active sitting position

Watch how you this moment is sitting. Chances are you collapsed with your back bent and your head down on your seat. That is very stressful for your back. Sit upright, with your feet flat on the floor, right under your hips. Your toes should be pointing straight forward, and while it's tempting, it's important that you don't push a pillow in your back for extra support. That way you put unnecessary strain on your back. A chair without armrests is also better, because armrests can hinder your posture.

Tip 4: Get creative

You already saw it on the ironing board, but creativity is extremely important. While it may not feel like it now, the period when you need to work from home is most likely only temporary. It is therefore not necessary to invest in all kinds of expensive furniture for your home office. A stack of books can help to raise your monitor and if you want to get a breath of fresh air, just put your laptop on that standing table in your garden. Incidentally, it is really not a problem if you spend an hour with your laptop on the couch, as long as you keep alternating and do not stay in the same position all day.