Tips to Improve your Physical and Mental Health While Working From Home

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Working from home isn’t going away as long as the global pandemic persists. CNN.com recently reported that even when offices open back up, many corporate leaders will choose to keep at least some of their employees working from home. So, if you’re working from home and you’ve resisted making upgrades to your workspace because you didn’t think it would last, you may want to think again.

Tips to Improve Your Physical Health

  • Get a new chair. Poor posture can cause shoulder, back, hip, and knee pain. A chair with adjustable height, tilt functions, and excellent lumbar support may be all you need to eliminate all manner of aches and pains.
  • Invest in an adjustable-height footrest that sets your lower limbs in a comfortable position, and improves the circulation in your legs as well as your overall posture. If it’s got a knobby texture, it can also give you a nice foot massage.
  • Try an adjustable standing desk. Changing your desk height throughout the day allows you to alternate between standing and sitting. Standing desk users report improved posture, focus, and productivity throughout the workday.
  • Consider a new keyboard. Split designs and padded palm rests help eliminate wrist and forearm pain.

Tips to Improve Your Mental Health

  • Reduce your overall stress by taking frequent breaks, stretching to increase blood flow, or practicing deep breathing. Reduced stress may even take the form of new equipment – a larger computer screen, stronger Wi-Fi, or a Wi-Fi range extender – that make your workday go smoother.
  • Personalize your space with house plants that add a touch of nature, photos of people and places that are dear to you, and something blue – studies show that viewing the color blue can reduce stress.
  • Set limits. Devise a system to signal your loved ones that you’re super busy or on a conference call and may not be disturbed. Leave the office when the workday is done.

Making even a few of these adjustments can add up to big improvements in your physical and mental well-being during these trying times. Your health is important to all of us here at Foot & Ankle Associates of Cleveland. Contact us whenever you need expert foot or ankle care. For an appointment with podiatrists Megan L. Oltmann, DPM or Craig B. Frey, DPM, call (440) 903-1041, or click here. We’re located in Solon, Ohio, and welcome patients from Geauga, Portage, Summit, and Cuyahoga Counties.