In this article, I share the seven tips that will help you to improve your posture while working from home.
So if you want to have a better posture while still working at your desk, you are in the right place.
Let’s get right to it!
Take Regular Breaks
Getting up and walking is probably the easiest thing you could do while working from home.
Not only will it help to reset your posture and reduce eye strain (as keeping your eyes staring at the monitor tires them down) but it will also contribute to your daily physical activity.
You could also sprinkle these short breaks with some light physical activity and stretching.
Get an Ergonomic Seat Cushion
That’s especially important if you are experiencing hip/coccyx pain because a special orthopedic cushion can reduce or completely relieve your pain.
Seat cushions (especially wedge-type) can also tilt your pelvis in the direction that helps to relieve low back pain and make prolonged sitting more comfortable.
They are usually made from memory foam and are very versatile for just about any occasion – office work, driving, traveling, and so on.
Try a Posture Corrector
One of the simplest solutions is to pick a posture brace that would help you easily maintain a healthy posture throughout the day.
There are different models and not every single one of them will fit you right so you’d want to try a few of them out before buying anything.
At first, you would only wear it for an hour or two a day until you get used to it.
Interestingly, posture correctors can also positively affect your body language and confidence levels!
Make Sure Your Elbows Are Supported
Usually, you’d have a good office chair with adjustable armrests or a desk that’s wide enough to support your elbows.
Either way, make sure your elbows are not just hanging there because that causes neck and upper back muscles to strain and can contribute to headaches.
Set Your Monitor At Your Eye Level
This specifically applies to laptop users because that’s just how laptops are built.
Ideally, you want to have something like a laptop stand that you could use to elevate your laptop while using a separate keyboard and mouse.
Based on Occupational Safety and Health Administration recommendations, you’d want the distance between your eyes and the monitor to be anywhere from 20 to 40 inches.
Adjust Your Office Chair
Make sure your knees are bent at a 90-degree angle and the chair’s back is slightly reclined.
Studies show that a chair that’s reclined at 135 degrees is the most beneficial for your spine.
However, there are exceptions to these findings so make sure that the position you are sitting in doesn’t cause you pain or discomfort.
Use Lumbar Support
An adjustable lumbar support is frequently a part of a quality ergonomic chair but you don’t need to buy the entire chair to benefit from it as there are separate lumbar support cushions that can help you maintain a good posture.
They are usually made of memory foam of breathable mesh that you can truly appreciate during hot days.