Living Well At Home
Working from home has given us a ton of benefits: no rush hour commutes, more time to spend time with the kiddos, and lunch is always fresh and hot. But no matter where you are, work can still have those stressful moments. We can get so wrapped up with projects that self-care is often the first thing that gets sacrificed. Well, not today! We’ve complied a quick self-care checklist you can do with electronic standing desks from Twin Star Home.
First, we must set up a good foundation. How you sit and stand throughout the workday has a significant impact on your body (not only for that particular day, but for the long haul as well). Even though it feels more comfortable in the moment to lean into the desk and slouch our shoulders, our neck and hips will most certainly register their opinion later on; ergo, we must talk about ergonomics.
The illustration below demonstrates how we want to maintain our posture while working at a desk: When sitting or standing, you always want to imagine there is a little string attached to the top of your head (like you are a Christmas tree ornament) and someone is gently pulling that string up. If your monitor is not meeting your eye level in that posture, it is time to adjust that monitor. Another mindful exercise is to imagine your shoulder blades are trying to touch each other; that will remind you to pull your shoulders back which allows your spine to stay in its prime position.
Next, we must check our arm and wrist position. Like the illustration shows, we want to strive for a 90–100-degree angle with our forearms and torso. This is easily accomplished using an adjustable height desk with an Illumitouch™ LED control panel (pictured below). Simply tap the up/down buttons until the desk gives your arms that relaxed “L” shape we’re aiming for, whether you’re sitting or standing. The height adjusts anywhere between 30” to 47.5” via a smooth-operating electronic motor. Best of all, you can save your height preferences with three programmable settings that remember your favorite sitting and standing positions. And, as an extra bonus, you can lock and unlock the control buttons, preventing any accidental height adjustments.
Correct posture not only feels good at the end of the workday, but helps you avoid problems like strained back muscles and carpal tunnel symptoms in the long run.
Now that we’ve talked about physical self-care, we can dive into equally important ideas for mental and emotional self-care. Giving ourselves moments to have fun and relax throughout our workday are just as valuable as maintaining good posture. Let’s look at a quick checklist of ideas:
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