Stay happy and healthy at work by setting up your office space the right way. Check out some of our favourite technology to help keep you safe and well in the office.
Working in an office environment usually entails sitting down in front of a computer for a large portion of the day. Unfortunately, prolonged sitting could potentially negatively impact both your physical and your mental health and is thought to put you at a higher risk of chronic health problems such as heart disease and diabetes. Standing up or taking short walks around the office regularly can help reduce the adverse effects of sedentary working. Remember to take a break with Stand Up! The Work Break Timer which will send you alerts at constant time intervals. The app will also display your weekly progress so that you can keep on improving your behaviour.
Help perfect your posture
Ever been nagged about standing or sitting up straight? Establishing and maintaining good posture early on can save you a lot of pain in the future – it helps reduce injury, stress and fatigue amongst other things. Good posture also does wonders for conveying a confident persona to those around you. It can be easy to neglect your posture throughout an average work day, so it’s worth investing in tech that will remind you to straighten up. Check out the UPRIGHT GO Posture Trainer for immediate feedback on your posture throughout the day. Sync the device with the free UPRIGHT GO app and then stick it onto your upper back to get vibration alerts whenever you slouch. Your app will track daily progress so that good posture becomes a habit rather than a goal.
Choose ergonomic accessories
Investing in an ergonomic keyboard and mouse is a fantastic way to help reduce muscle strain at work. While prolonged use of conventional keyboards and mice are said to put you at risk of health issues such as carpal tunnel, ergonomic devices are designed to place your hands and wrists in a more natural position and provide greater support. And with the extensive range of ergonomic devices available on the market, you should be able to find your perfect fit.
Adjust your display
It’s little surprise that working several hours with our eyes focused on a computer is often associated with health problems like eye fatigue, muscle strain and headaches. However, those working in an office environment will usually have to spend numerous hours in front of a screen. To have your computer display adjusted to your chosen lighting, download the free software f.lux. With f.lux, you can create your own lighting schedule to adjust your display depending on the time of day. By scheduling warm lighting to help you relax before bed, you may even improve your sleep cycle!
IIn a fast-paced office environment, stress tends to creep up without us realising. It’s just as important to look after your mental health as well as your physical wellbeing, so take a breather with Breathe2Relax. This free stress management app teaches users about the impacts of stress upon the body and provides instructions on how to conduct diaphragmic breathing, in order to help reduce stress and manage anxiety amongst other things. If you have a smart watch, the app can also track your heart rate as you breathe.