Working as we know it, has evolved drastically over the years. There was a time when the nature of work was much more physically strenuous and the toll it took on the human body was much more evident and abrupt, making it necessary for the management to implement reforms to better the working conditions.
The situation today is vastly different as the working conditions have changed. Today work is more sedentary especially in the service-oriented sectors such as IT. At a glance the work environment looks more comfortable and less strenuous however, reality is quite different. Today, the strain on the mental health of working individuals has been highlighted while the physical toll is overlooked as it is far more gradual and subtle. And the leading cause behind most work-related maladies is incorrect posture.
Incorrect posture can lead to a number of chronic ailments such as arthritis, spondylitis, hypertension and fatigue to name a few. Incorporating a few changes to the way you sit and improving your posture while you work can significantly improve your mental and physical wellbeing. So, without further ado, lets dive straight into how to sit right to work right!
We spend majority of the time staring at screens, what we don’t realize is the effect perpetual tilting of the neck can have on your body. The best way to tackle this is to align your eyes to the top or slightly below the screen. You can do this by either lowering the level of the desk or by raising the level of your monitor.
Slouching or hunching can lead to having chronic pain in your upper torso. You can easily remedy this by investing in a chair with good back support. Sit straight with your shoulder relaxed and keep your screen at an optimum angle and height to reduce the strain on your upper back.
Arms and wrists.
even slight discomfort in your arms and wrists can seriously interrupt working smoothly, chronic pain can even incapacitate someone from working as well as medicinal dependency. You can reduce the risk by making sure that your arms are folded at 90 degrees while you work. Don’t let your wrist rest on the desk and keep your armrests at a comfortable height.
We have all gone through the trauma of lower back pain. It’s the worst. Make sure your chair provides good back support and align your back against the support. If your chair has lumbar support, then that would be an added advantage.
Knee and Legs
A chair too high would leave your legs dangling which is quite uncomfortable. If too low it would result in additional pressure on the knees and hips. The best posture is making sure your feet are flat on the ground/footrest and your knees are angled at around 90 to 110 degrees.
Invest in a good rug or biophilic flooring and keep your feet flat on the ground at all times. If unable to do so use a footrest. Remove your shoes periodically to allow circulation to restore to keep your feet healthy and pain free.
Maintaining good posture can not only benefit you physically but also regulate your mood and temperament. It can also boost your confidence and help you in both your personal and professional life. So, next time mind the way you sit and inculcate these tips to lead a healthy and pain free work life.