Sitting in front of a computer for long hours would definitely take its toll on anyone’s health. This is why posture is highly significant when you have to sit for long, no matter what you are doing.
These days there are many who are working from home. The majority of them would be sitting on the available mode of seating arrangement. Not all would have the luxury of having a swing chair to be more comfortable at home.
So, what do we do if we do not have a proper office setting? What can we do to rectify the problem of sitting in the wrong posture so that there are no health hazards? Let us find out!
What are the popular options?
For many, sitting on their bed is the popular option when at home. But it is one of the worst things that you can do to your health. This posture would cause neck pain, back pain, as well as sciatic problems.
You can rectify these problems by providing support for the neck, lower back with a small pillow and putting another pillow under your knees as support for your back and hips.
Working by sitting on the sofa is also another option that has similar health issues like the previous one. Here also what we need most importantly is some kind of support for the neck.
The only option here is to have the laptop at a higher level where the eyes and the screen are not at a major difference in height. This causes less pain in the neck region and would not be as damaging.
The third option is sitting on the floor and making the use of a laptop table. But the problem here would be the lack of support for the neck and lower back. Having a small cushion supporting the lower back and trying to sit as straight as the work allows would solve many problems.
What is the right posture for work?
No matter what kind of seating arrangement you adopt, there are three main things to focus on.
The first one is to have the laptop, or the computer be on the eye level. This itself will ease the pressure on the neck and so does on the spine.
Make sure that you are sitting straight to keep the spine in line and not stooping low.
Keep the laptop or the keyboard as close to you as possible and move the chair closer to the table as well.
What else can we do?
Instead of sitting for long hours at a stretch, you can conveniently get up and walk a few steps inside the home to counter the negative effects of bad posture.
Practicing yoga is another option. Since there would be more time available now than ever, there are no excuses not to do so.
Finally, getting a proper chair, preferably one with a headrest, whenever possible, is the best option of them all.