Even before the lockdown had kicked in, working on a computer has always put our bodies on stress. If the professional workstations and ergonomic chairs at our offices are still bad for our bodies, it's no surprise that the ongoing work from home is also affecting us badly. Additionally, we’re moving around less at home, which almost makes this an ergonomic emergency for your body. At the centre of this emergency lie our habits around technology, and to address that, we’ve curated some tips for you to follow, which will help you keep your tech habits healthy.

Use a standing desk

Standing desks have become quite popular and for all the right reasons. Use one to not only alleviate back pain and increase productivity, but also reduce the risk of several lifestyle diseases.

Raise your laptop

One of the perils of using a laptop is the position of the screen which makes you bend your neck. To deal with that, put your laptop in a raised position, maybe by putting it on a stack of books or a dedicated laptop table.

Use external devices with your laptop

Although raising your laptop saves your neck, it puts a strain on your hands. To avoid this situation altogether, use external monitors, keyboards and a mouse, and adjust each to the most comfortable position with your laptop.

Use ergonomic peripherals

While you’re thinking about getting external devices, go for the ergonomic ones. Peripherals like keyboard and mouse have ergonomic models that are designed specifically to prioritise your comfort. The vertical mouse is a great example.

Use a Bluetooth headset

Our posture is often dictated by being hooked onto a wired headphone for back to back meetings. Bluetooth headphones solve this problem and allow you to even move around the room while you’re on calls. Get one to make meetings a time to stretch and stay fit (while getting your work done, of course!)

Use more fingers to type

Whether it is on a desktop PC, a laptop or on a phone, working from home involves a lot of typing in uncomfortable positions. Reduce its impact by practicing typing with all your fingers, which helps avoid strain on individual fingers. Even for smartphones, change between your thumb and your forefinger regularly.

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