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Don’t be a Slouch! Ergonomics, Deskercise, and Stress Relief for Remote Workers
With the rapid onset of COVID-19, our global workforce had to quickly transition and adapt to working remotely. Employers swiftly enabled employees to work from home, but are they leaving themselves vulnerable to future injuries? Since dining rooms have become desks and couches have become conference rooms- this is a great opportunity to remind employees that creating an ergonomic workspace and participating in regular exercise are important for their overall health and wellness.
During the initial stages of COVID-19, many employees were learning how to become successful remote workers with help from resources such as 5 Tips to Successfully Work from Home and 5 Tips to Manage Work and Kids during COVID-19. Now that routines are established and we have settled into this “new normal,” it is a good time to evaluate our workspace and assess stress levels.
Watch our one-hour webinar, “Don’t be a Slouch! Ergonomics, Deskercise, and Stress Relief for Remote Workers,” for tips to create a proper workspace, suggested stretches to reduce strains, and techniques to manage stress.
Webinar: Don’t be a Slouch! Ergonomics, Deskercise, and Stress Relief for Remote Workers
Instructor: Michelle Despres PT, CEAS II, CETS
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How to create a proper workspace at home
Understanding ergonomic principles are key. Bad posture can lead to weak muscles resulting in muscle tears, decreased circulation and scar tissue formation. These symptoms eventually show themselves as common cumulative trauma disorders such as tendonitis, carpal tunnel syndrome and sprains/strains.
Common risk factors include prolonged computer use and sitting. New remote workers are most impacted since they haven’t established a proper ergonomic workspace.
The webinar provides an overview of ergonomic principles, such as proper posture and neutral positioning techniques that include:
- Position of your chair
- Alignment of your keyboard and monitor
- Placement of computer: laptop vs. desktop
- How to support your body while sitting and standing
Stretches to keep your muscles limber as you work
Prolonged sitting is not good for you. Make sure you are regularly stretching and building strength to minimize muscle strains and sprains.
Now more than ever, stress management is an important element for overall health and wellness. Making sure you eat well, regularly exercise, and get plenty of sleep are key to a healthy lifestyle. Learn to read your body’s signs so you can tell if you are stressed. Take proactive measures to make necessary modifications to your life, such as integrating meditation or expressive writing into your daily routine.
Play is in important element to stress management, and laughter is always great medicine. While COVID-19 has made gathering with loved ones difficult, staying engaged with friends and family is good for your soul – here are 5 ways to stay connected while social distancing.
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