17 Tips If Working From Home Has Been Kinda Killing Your Back
If you back has been low-key (or high-key) bothering you, you're not the only one.
Working or distance learning from home indefinitely can mean back pain and body aches — since you're at a computer almost all day.
2. Take a few "action shots" during the day to figure out what might be making you slouch.
3. Add a reminder in your phone to do quick, low-effort exercises — even ones that don't require you to leave your desk.
5. Pencil in time for a few yoga stretches every day — or sign up for classes as often as you can.
6. Find at least one fuller-body stretch to help realign your posture.
7. If you pretty much know you'll be WFH indefinitely, an ergonomic chair is probably worth the money.
8. If you can't financially swing a standing desk, make one yourself by stacking books or similar items — or place an adjustable laptop stand onto an existing table.
9. Think about how the other areas of your body might be affecting your back.
12. Switch up where — and how — you sit all day.
13. If you're planning to WFH most of the time even after the pandemic is over (and have the room and money now), splurge on a treadmill desk.
14. Walk outside at least once a day — especially if you primarily use a standing desk.
15. Use a mouse!
16. If your neck, shoulders, or back are really bothering you, see a licensed chiropractor.
17. And finally, whatever position you're in, take breaks often. Apps like Stand Up! can help remind you and give you some guidance.
What's helped you most when it comes to posture and working from a computer all day? Share in the comments!
*Note: Some answers have been lightly edited for length or clarity.