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Always in front of the computer? Make sure to cop these essentials

Here's what you need to combat the most common WFH pains

Always being in front of the computer now that we’re working from home is not just mentally draining

Aside from burnout and anxiety, people may experience physical health problems due to prolonged periods of staring at computer screens and sitting down. Here are three common issues that telecommuting workers are vulnerable to, as well as some fixes to avoid or alleviate the pain these problems cause.

Eye strain

After hours of Zoom meetings, sending emails and working on daily outputs, we may find our eyes hurting or our vision blurring. Sometimes, they’re even accompanied with a pounding headache—and this, our friends, is a bad case of eye strain. Our eyes exert more effort when we stay in a dimly-lit environment or focus on a single thing for long periods. This makes our eyes feel tired and stressed, but don’t fret because it is easily avoidable.

To reduce screen glare and ease eye strain, adjust the outside light sources. Device-wise, laptop models like Acer’s Aspire 3 offer eye protection features like blue light shield application that lets us filter how much blue light the computer can use to display an image.

We can also wear eyeglasses that offer UV, blue light and glare protection. Tinted specs can help shield our eyes from damage as well, and we can get these online via the SM Malls Online app. Although at the end of the day, developing healthier screen habits is the most important way to prevent eye strain.

Muscle pain

We can’t help but emphasize the importance of taking breaks to stretch our muscles while working. Improper posture and lack of exercise are both major contributors to muscle pains we experience, and it’s often our shoulders, neck and back that take the biggest hit. Allot at least five minutes for stretching to combat muscle aches and be proactive about maintaining proper posture when working in front of the computer.

Wrist problems 

Actions as simple and little as clicking and typing can lead to health problems, too. Improper posture and even the computer setup itself may put us at risk for short-term injuries like tendonitis. Common among workers, this problem is characterized by inflammation and pain in the tendons located in our elbow, forearm, wrist or hand. It goes away eventually, but it may also lead to more serious conditions like tendon ruptures, which could require surgery.

We may also encounter repetitive strain injuries like carpal tunnel syndrome if we neglect our wrists, which may become permanent if left untreated.

To lessen the risk of wrist injuries, it is recommended to align our wrists with the back of our hand instead of leaving it in a resting position when typing. This will help reduce unnecessary strain while working. We can also place a foam pad or towel in front of the keyboard so that we can readily rest our wrists on it when we’re not typing.

We can also switch to ergonomically designed computer accessories so that our hands and arms are relaxed while working. For the mouse, its shape should naturally fit or follow the curve of our hands. Logitech’s M337 Bluetooth mouse is a good example, and it also comes with a rubber grip feature to help keep our hand in a comfortable position. Score ergonomic mouses online via the SM Malls Online app.

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