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    17 Things That'll Make Working At Your Desk Dramatically More Comfortable

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    1. A memory-foam mousepad and keyboard wrist pad to take some stress off your hands (and shoulders!) while typing.

    Promising review: "This worked out very well for me. I have tendinitis in my wrist and thumb joint. This mouse pad has given my wrist the right amount of support I need and is still comfortable to use with a mouse. I like that the pad is longer than many other memory-foam mouse pads as I move my hand around a lot." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $15.49 (available in mint and black).

    2. A pair of anti-UV glare glasses if you spend your entire day staring at your computer screen and would like to minimize eye strain.,

    Promising review: "These glasses rock! My teenage daughter said she thought I looked cool. Can't get better than that. The yellow tint on the glasses is subtle and absolutely helps with eye strain. You can readily feel the difference when you remove the glasses and look at a computer screen. I've only had them a week but they feel solid and are worth much more money than I paid. I wasn't sure how they would look based on the photos but I'm glad I took a chance on these glasses." —Johnny Dangerously

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99+ (available in seven sizes).

    3. Or, an anti-glare screen that doubles as a privacy screen so you can experience two forms of comfort simultaneously (no eye strain and no nosey deskmate watching you scroll through Twitter).

    Promising review: "If you're like me, you got those nosy coworkers who like to peer at your monitors as they walk by. Listen, if I wanna be on BuzzFeed all day checking out what kind of pizza I am, that's my business, not yours. Tired of clicking the minimize button at every sound of movement in the cubicles behind me, I finally plunked down the $$ and bought two privacy screens and OH MY GOD THE FREEDOM!!!!! These things are AMAZING!!! I can literally be checking Facebook with my boss standing to the right of me and she has no clue what I'm doing." —Erin

    Get it from Amazon for $44.99+ (available in 21 sizes and in black and gold).

    4. A foot hammock for kicking your feet back and helping you de-stress on a particularly hellish workday.

    Promising review: "This product is brilliant. It gives me the opportunity to stretch my legs when I work. I’ve tried a few of these items from different vendors but was unsatisfied because they didn’t have an acceptable mounting option for my particular office desk setup — until now. This one has easy hooks on the sides, which are versatile and are perfect for my particular situation. Now, the extra hours will be more enjoyable." —E

    Get it from Amazon for $20.69+ (available in red black).

    5. A portable space heater that also has a built-in fan so you are always prepared for whatever temp situation your office throws at you.

    Promising review: "I love this thing for my desk. I have a heater already but this one has the option of just using the fan with no heat, which is very nice to have when the building is constantly deciding between tundra freeze and desert heat. Two heat settings are optimal and the fan has a nice quiet hum to it. Great buy." —JT52

    Get it from Amazon for $28.22+ (available in black and silver).

    6. A pair of memory-foam armrest pads you won't realize how much you needed until you give 'em a go.

    Promising review: "I have a desk chair that I live in at work that I have tried various configurations on the arms to keep from bruising my elbows. Nothing has been much help. I am very glad that I gave this a try! The covers are super-soft, and the memory foam works extremely well. I have only had the covers in use for a week, but already I can feel a difference. This is a product that will continue to be appreciated by my elbows." —Der Dachsy

    Get a pair from Amazon for $17.99.

    7. A rolling, height-adjustable work station that'll give you the option of standing or sitting throughout the day.

    Promising review: "I have severe arthritis all over but it's especially bad in my spine and wanted to state how this helped someone like me. Sitting for long periods (30+ consecutive minutes) I feel 'stuck' and it's painful to try to stand. Standing up at my desk very much relieved the fear of sitting/standing. It has relieved some of the pain and I am nowhere near being 'stuck.' I would highly recommend it." —Fred Komanetsky

    Get it from Amazon for $126.99.

    8. Or, commit to standing with a shockingly durable cardboard standing desk.

    Promising review: "Who'd have thought cardboard would hold so wonderfully? I sure didn't when I first clicked on the picture in morbid curiosity. Got my laptop, keyboard, and mouse set up and...dear lord it's wonderful. It's incredibly stable. Seriously — I just wiggled the keyboard/mouse shelf and it wiggled less than when I wiggle my desk right below it." —Katie

    Get it from Amazon for $25 (available in small, medium, and large).

    9. A anti-fatigue comfort mat to cut your feet some slack while you Slack all day.

    Promising review: "After trying a few different mats in various price ranges for my standing desk at work, I was pleasantly surprised at the quality and comfort of this product. Others I tried were typically too mushy, equating to no real cushion under the heel — this one doesn't bottom out even for a 230 lb user. I haven't sat at my desk in at least two months, because with this level of standing comfort and the benefits to my back of not sitting, there's no reason to sit. Awesome product. If you stand at work, you can't go wrong with this product." —RodR

    Get it from Amazon for $32.99+ (available in three colors and four sizes).

    10. An ergonomic "handshake" mouse that'll take strain off your arms and effortlessly scroll without much pressure required.

    Promising review: "I bought this mouse because I have wrist and lower arm pain. I can't actively use any regular mouse more than one hour at a time, without getting some pain. An interesting thing about this design is that you feel more inclined to use your whole arm to make mouse movements, which is a good thing, since doing so puts less stress on the wrist." —Dan

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99.

    11. A metal plant stand and bamboo tray to encourage you to start building your indoor garden — because plants have scientifically proven calming properties, after all.

    Promising review: "I have this next to my computer with a little succulent in it. It's beautiful, durable, modern, and very functional with a drainage hole. I love it! (And so does my succulent, which is growing like crazy!)" —jenniekm

    Get it from Amazon for $8.44.

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    12. An essential oil diffuser and cool-mist humidifier if you sometimes feel like you're suffocating in your dry, poorly ventilated office.,

    Promising review: "I bought this for my desk at work. My office is dry and I thought if I was going to start with aromatherapy what better place to start than work. It's awesome! I have only used peppermint oil but I do feel calmer and more focused. The scent is just enough for me to enjoy at my desk without bothering my coworkers. The lights are great too. I can change it to whatever mood I'm in or let it revolve and change on its own. I bought a second one for a meditation room at home!" —MML

    Get it from Amazon for $16.99 (available in three colors).

    13. An orthopedic memory-foam cushion that'll alleviate back pain and make your butt very happy.

    Promising review: "Works great. I have sciatica and this helps to relieve some pressure from sitting. This is a great memory foam cushion for office chairs or your couch. You really can feel the difference. It's thick and feels like it will last for a really long time. I've been using mine for a couple of weeks and already feel a little better. The cover is removable for washing and the stitching is done really well. I recommend this to anyone who has to sit for more than a few hours." —phillygrl

    Get it from Amazon for $29.95.

    14. A deep-kneading, heated foot massager, because — live your best life! — who's looking under your desk anyway?

    Promising review: "I love this machine! It has pretty much given me my old feet back! I suffered for a year with plantar fasciitis, saw the podiatrist and had painful shots, tried inserts, new shoes, stretches, everything. Within a week of massaging twice a day, the relief began. I keep it under my desk and use it every day and my feet are pretty much back to normal. It's worth every penny!!" —Helen A Campbell

    Get it from Amazon for $139.99.

    15. A back pillow for your office chair with two adjustable straps that'll make you never look back after trying.

    Promising review: "I'm a therapist and have tried several lumbar supports over the last few years. This one exceeds expectations on multiple levels. First, the memory foam is high-quality. It's soft and nicely conforms to the natural curves in one's spine. It comfortably supports the back without being too thick. The double straps help hold it securely in place. And I love the fact that the cover can be removed and easily cleaned. If you're looking for a reasonably priced, effective and comfortable lumbar support, this is it." —2Travel

    Get it from Amazon for $24.95.

    16. An LED desk light with five color modes and six brightness levels to fit your environment so your eyes will never have to do more work than they need to.

    Promising review: "I've had this desk lamp for about a week and I absolutely love it! It is very sturdy and I love that I can adjust it to almost any position I may need. I didn't mind spending a little more on this lamp since it has so many features and is well built. The ability to change the level of coolness or warmth, as well as brightness, was a big selling point for me. I use this lamp on my desk while I'm on my computer and have noticed less eye fatigue (the main reason I needed a desk lamp to begin with)." —Brenda P

    Get it from Amazon for $66.99.

    17. And a bike-chain fidget toy for reducing stress and anxiety while increasing overall focus.

    Get it from Amazon for $12 (available in four colors)

    Some reviews in this post have been edited for length and/or clarity.

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