I spend so much time sitting on my bum in front of a computer. I really like my job, but I go home every night with a backache and feeling depressed. Any ideas? Gina Singh, via e-mail
Millions of Australians spend long hours wedged into stuffy cubicles, staring at computer screens under artificial light. Here’s how to make your work space a little healthier, and relieve your backache blues.
Reduce back- and neck-ache by avoiding awkward postures and repetitive activities. Keep your mouse and pad clean so they move easily; wear a headset; get a flat-screen monitor to minimise glare, and a document holder so you don’t have to twist. Arrange desk equipment that you use frequently in an arm’s length arc. Adjust chair and keyboard height so your hands fall slightly below your elbows and your feet are flat on the floor. Get up and move around as often as you can.
Create a pleasant mood
Feng shui experts advise workers to remind themselves of both their competence (diplomas, achievements) and objects that bring loved ones to mind, e.g. photographs. Enhance your qi (energy) with natural elements, e.g. a fish bowl, or pot plant.
Keep small juggling balls or a yo-yo in your desk drawer and play with them when you take a break doing something playful gives you a fresher, more creative point of view.
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