Healthy spaces for working remotely Healthy spaces for working remotely

Working from home can lead to injuries or deterioration of the body if you have poor working conditions. Here are some recommendations. 

General wellbeing at work is important even when working from home. Factors such as lighting, your posture, the things you have around you, and active pauses are important for staying healthy and preventing injuries in the long or medium term.

A report from the National University of Colombia, citing professor Ingrid Estefany Puentes Vega from the department of Human Body Movement, provides useful information for those who are continuing their work activities each day from home.

Pay attention to what you observe

Whether using natural or artificial light, make sure it is not pointed directly at your eyes. Having a workspace with non-reflective items is also recommended in order to avoid uncomfortable glares. “It has been proven that bright colors in your workspace, specifically at your desk, cause greater visual fatigue,” states the report.

Take breaks and rest

Be conscious of your body’s signals. Going for a short walk, getting some fresh air, moving your head around gently and stretching your body are necessary within your work routine. “If you are working on a laptop computer, taking a break every 30 minutes is ideal, and every 2 hours if using a desktop computer”, states the report.

Comfort is important 

A concept known as “thermic discomfort,” which is produced by supporting the wrists on cold surfaces while you work, discourages the use of glass tables or surfaces. It is also necessary to have at least 10 centimeters of space on your desk to rest your forearms and alleviate the strain on your back.

Extra help

Applications such as Headspace can help you meditate and unwind after a long work day. Others like Spotify have made podcasts or playlists available with music that will help you concentrate or relax, depending on your needs.

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