In the event that you spend a large quantity of your work time using a PC, the chances are you are going to injure yourself over time. It is likely that you may not have any physical signs and symptoms like an uncomfortable back, tense shoulders, stiff neck or pins and needles and tingling in your fingers. However, prolonged use of a PC computer system may very well be adding significantly to long-term injury. Research is demonstrating that the repetitive stress of using a PC is unexpectedly unhealthy in the long term. Fortunately there are a number of actions available to use combat these issues.
Protect your muscles and joints:
Joints and muscles do not usually show clear and straight signs that they're under strain. Over time, muscles slowly change length and cause the position of our joints to change.This places stress on abnormal structures such as nerves, blood vessels and ligaments. This often goes unnoticed until the body suddenly gives up adapting and signals a crisis by triggering pain. It is usually only then that we seek help. At this point, the process of degeneration took many years and consequentially, the recovery process is similarly protracted. So act now to preserve your body and stay healthy.
The most important piece of advice is to take frequent rests. The key reason for taking frequent breaks from sitting is that the human body finds it really demanding to sit in a static position for a long period of time. When you are active, multiple muscles are joints moved and exercised. However, when sitting, a specific set of muscles are used in the same way meaning that certain muscles are traditionally lengthened and other muscles are traditionally shortened.
Frequent breaks are the best method to avoid future health problems. If you commonly tend to get consumed in what you're doing, arrange some type of alarm clock to remind you it's time to stop and take a break. Using an alarm clock is an excellent way to track time. However, set it up somewhere else so you have to get up and walk to turn it off. This will ensure you do actually get up out of your seat. You are there before more likely to take a break.
Do some kind of light activity such as walking around the office. Even better, swing your arms as you walk. If your breaks are frequent they do not need to be very long. Five or ten minutes every hour or so is fine. Even better, perform a few simple neck and shoulder stretches as well.
Protect your overall stress levels
A high abundance of stress continuously overworks the body's neurological system. Our bodies are designed with a flight or fight response that has evolved over millions of years. This is to protect us from danger as we become more responsive and alert. However, this mechanism is only designed to be used in the rare instances of actual danger. By constantly accessing this mechanism, through stress and deadlines, we are overloading our bodies, which can lead to long term health degeneration.
Taking a break relieves us from the mental stress associated with our work and calms our body's neurological system. When we are up against a deadline, it is often tempting to continue to work on a task even when we are feeling it's time to stop. Mental fatigue is counterproductive and is dangerous to long-term health. We often get more done in the long term by taking breaks. This is because as we become tired we make more frequent mistakes. A change of scenery often helps. If you do not have access to a park or green area, try closing your eyes and imagining you are in a relaxing place.
Maintain Energy and Focus
Avoid unhealthy eating in the office. Take a bag of fruit to work and eat that instead of snacking on chocolate. Sit away from the vending machines. If healthy meals are not provided at work, take your own food so you can control what you are eating.
Consuming sugary snacks may seem to give you a lift, but this will be temporary and you will feel tired later on in the afternoon. This is because sugar consumption causes an insulin response in the body, which lowers the body's overall sugar level.
Protect your eyes
By constantly looking at a computer screen for long periods of time, our eye muscles become weaker as our eyes become used to focus on near distances. To protect your eyes, take frequent breaks outside so you can focus on far away objects.
You can perform a simple exercise to your eye muscles by rapidly and repetitively focussing on near and far away objects for 1 minute when you take a break.
Outside the office
We can offset some of the daily damage done in the office by investing in a healthy lifestyle when we finish work. While we do not have 100% control over our work environment, we have control over our free time. Eating a wholesome diet, watching our weight, exercising and sleeping well are habits which will protect us from the destructive habits imposed by our office routine.
By investing in our health at work and after work, we can become more productive and productive at work. This in itself will lead to less work-related stress. Consequently, we will have energy to enjoy our free time, which is what life is all about. So here's wishing you a healthy and happy life.