Computers are designed to make our lives easier, and while most of the time they do, there are still certain negative consequences that everyone who is working with computers should be prepared for. Obviously, computers have lots of benefits, since they make work, entertainment, social life and shopping much easier and more accessible.
However, sitting the whole day at your computer is not an easy task at all. We won’t delve into ethical aspects of computer work, but constant working on your computer can seriously damage your health, especially your eyesight and your whole body. Is it possible to eliminate those risks? Yes, if you follow our 5 pieces of advice!
Take regular breaks
There is nothing worse for your bones, muscles and posture than sitting at your desk without any movement for 8+ hours every day. This is why, if you want to keep your health, it’s important to stand up every 30 minutes or every hour to do a little stretch. If you have the opportunity, try to have a short, 5-minute walk.
If you’re doing something very important and can’t afford the luxury of a regular break, you can do some stretches while sitting at your desk: bend down to your toes, reach up with your arms, tilt your head from side to side and up and down, and do whatever you can to change your body position. Keep your blood flowing and your body relaxed!
Eat healthy snacks
While we’re sitting and working on our computers, it’s often a very monotonous job that can get very boring quite fast. That is why it’s not surprising when we keep snacking while sitting at the desk: a cup of tea or coffee paired with cakes, biscuits, potato chips, candy, and other junk food will do nothing good for your mind and body.
The key to successful snacking at the computer is to have healthy snacks. Substitute your old unhealthy cookies and sweets for tasty vegetable and fruit snacks. Dried fruits and berries are an excellent sweet snack and a source of vitamins. Nuts are another great way to replenish your energy. Another great tip for computer workers is to never eat your lunch at your desk – at least you can go to another room to move around a little.
Drink plenty of water
It’s important to stay hydrated under any circumstances, especially when you’re doing some complex computer work. No matter how much work needs to be done, and how fast it needs to be finished – there is always time to have a glass of fresh water. Water is essential for helping your liver operate normally, which helps your body get rid of toxins.
You can drink not only water, but also other water-based drinks like tea. Don’t go overboard with coffee – in addition to boosting your energy, coffee has several negative effects on your body. Fruit juices are another great thing to drink during the work day – since they double up as a snack, you will be able to work more productively and achieve more thanks to your high levels of energy.
Give your eyes a rest
Among all of your organs, eyes have the hardest time when it comes to working at the computer. Blurred vision, dry eyes, and excruciating headaches are all a result of eye strain caused by long hours at the computer. The optimal solution would be to lower the time you spend at your computer, but if it cannot be done, follow these simple tips.
First, you need to give your eyes a regular rest. We’ve already talked about stretching your body during breaks, and now you should do the same for your eyes. Every half an hour you need to look away from your computer. Move your eyes from side to side. Close your eyes for about a minute to help them rest. Second, you can also look up some easy eye exercises online and maximize the effect from regular breaks.
Limit your time at the computer
This is the piece of advice very little people follow: if you work at the computer during the whole workday, you shouldn’t come home only to stare at the same computer screen. Sure, computers may be fun and useful, but there are so many other things you can do after work!
If you don’t know how to spend your time after work without using the computer too much, we have a few suggestions for you. First, you can try some sports – gym, running, swimming, biking, etc. Second, you can find yourself a new and exciting hobby: cooking, knitting, playing board games, or playing a musical instrument. And, last but not least, you can simply go outside. Take your dog, your family, or your friends, and walk for a couple of hours. If you want, you can even go for a walk by yourself – as long as you’re having fun!