In many of today’s offices, workers are required to use the computer for long periods of time. Without the right physical behaviors, such activity can result in both short-term and long-term health problems.
Here are four ways you can stay productive using computers without making your health suffer in the process.
1. Monitor position
Being too close to a computer monitor is horrible for your eyes and can potentially be detrimental to your vision. There should always be a distance of at least 20 inches between your eyes and the screen.
A rule of thumb to follow is staying an arm’s length way. Ideally, the monitor will be at eye level to prevent any neck strain, so adjust it accordingly.
2. Consistent breaks
Working on a computer for too long can result in eye strain, so it’s wise to take short breaks every 30 minutes or so. Studies have shown that brief breaks for 30 seconds to two minutes, at 30 minute intervals, are better than longer breaks every few hours.
Getting up to move around should refresh your body and mind. During these breaks, try not to engage in any activities that require your eyes to focus intensely. Instead, it’s good to perform some quick stretches or exercises to break up the monotony.
You should also look out into the distance for a few moments when your eyes start feeling uncomfortable.
3. Wear glasses
If you are a contact wearer, leaving them in for long periods of computer use can dry them out and make them stick to your eyes. In some cases, this can lead to contact-related allergies that no one wants to deal with.
While it’s okay to keep your contacts in for an hour or so, it’s best just to wear glasses for extended computer sessions that last longer than four hours.
4. Proper lighting
A major cause of eye strain is using a computer in a poorly lit room. Many times, this will lead to fatigue and recurring headaches.
That’s why you should have sufficient lighting that you can comfortably read the computer text without any trouble. If there isn’t enough light coming from an overhead fixture, you should add a desk lamp to provide some more.