I’ve been incredibly lucky in being able to work from home as of late, but this requires a lot of computer work. Even with the portability of a laptop, this can take a toll on the body, especially if, like me, you have pre-existing conditions that are exacerbated easily. We’ve compiled some of the best self-care tips for working at a computer all day to help you ease that burden!
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Look away from the screen
Even the tightest of deadlines can spare a few seconds. Take your eyes off the screen. Close them for a few seconds. Look around the room. Look out the window for a few moments if you can.
Make screen time better for your eyes
Use an app like f.lux to adjust the colour tint of your screen. Reducing the blue light is especially helpful if you’re working on a project at night! Be sure to adjust the brightness of your screens, too.
Keep a healthy snack on hand
It’s hard to focus when you’re hungry, so this tip will help your work, too! Keep something like these 100-calorie almond packs*, your favourite dried fruits, or trail mix in a desk drawer to catch cravings before they become a distraction.
You’ve heard it before and you’ll hear it again. A quick stretch can do wonders! Try searching Pinterest for a short yoga routine for some inspiration.
Some of our favourites:
Keep your to-do list nearby
Whether you use pen and paper in a bullet journal or tell Alexa* to remember it for you, getting those to-do items out of your brain and somewhere they won’t be forgotten will do wonders for your mental health. Personally, I use my bullet journal, or tell Alexa and then transfer my list from the Alexa app to my daily spread.
I constantly find myself mindlessly sipping a drink (okay, almost always coffee) while working at the computer. “Trick” your brain into hydrating while you’re at it – check out our ideas to drink more water to go above and beyond. Staying hydrated will help avoid headaches and other not-so-fun symptoms of dehydration.
Organise your workspace
Cleaning up your desk area isn’t just a procrastination method. Not only will a clean and organised space make you work more effectively, but it’ll also make you feel better about working at it! While you’re at it, add something special, like a plant or family photo, to make it an even better place to work.
Take a hike
Or at least a quick walk! Head to the coffee shop for lunch or just step outside for a breath of fresh air. If you can’t leave the office, at least take a lap inside to clear your head.
I’ve talked about 10% Happier before and this is yet another benefit! You don’t need to waste your working hours by trying to give yourself a mental break – you can check out meditations under five minutes for a quick and effective breath of fresh air (pun intended). If you use an app like 10% Happier, you can even strive to keep a streak going. It’s a great motivator!
If you work from home, you don’t need to work in your pajamas. Conversely, an office job doesn’t mean you need to be uncomfortable! A cosy jumper* is a perfect combination of classy and comfortable.
Look forward to something
Whether it’s your favourite cup of coffee or chatting with a favourite coworker, find something you want to do every day. You can’t help but be a bit more excited about the workday if you’re looking forward to even a tiny detail. Bonus points if your excitement is one of the items on this list, like your daily meditation.
Rest your feet
While it’s better than being on your feet all day, even sitting to work at a computer can be uncomfortable for your feet and legs! Whether you work from home or in an office, try throwing on a pair of fuzzy socks* to add a touch of cosiness to your workday.
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I’ve tried this foot rest for the past few days and I can’t say enough good things about it! In fact, I’ve started using it when I’m not working, too. We had an especially crazy week in preparing for a concert this past Saturday and my graduation party this past Sunday (Want a post all about either? Let me know in the comments!), so it was especially nice to put up my feet after a long day.
The foot rest is the perfect height to rest your feet on the ground while working at a desk, or you can put it on your couch or bed for some extra elevation. You can even turn it upside-down for a gentle rocking motion!
Even better? The foot rest‘s cover is removable and washable! If you’ve been around for a while, you know how important cleanliness is to us here at For the Sake of Good Taste, so this is a huge bonus for us.
After just a few days of using this foot rest, I’m blown away. If you’ve been around the blog a while, you’ll know already that I struggle with chronic pain. This has reduced the pain and stiffness in my feet and legs after working at the computer all day. Even my back and shoulders feel a bit better! I recommend this without a doubt.
Which of these self-care tips for working at a computer is your favourite?
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