The lockdowns imposed to curb the spread of the coronavirus had many businesses scrambling for alternative ways to keep their operations going. One of those alternatives was letting employees work from home. For many workers, this was a welcome decision since it meant they didn’t have to commute to work every day, and they would have more time to spend with their family.
However, as time passed and there’s no telling when the COVID-19 pandemic will pass, many work-from-home employees have started feeling stressed and anxious. As it turned out, this setup was not how they envisioned it. Many think that they have been doing more work than if they had been working in the office, while others are finding it challenging to balance family life with work life.
Your Body Feels It
It might seem like your mental well-being is taking the brunt of it, but those aches and pains that you’ve been feeling are a physical manifestation of the stress and anxiety that you’re going through.
Besides that, experts also believe that your work setup is contributing to the physical pains that you feel. After all, your kitchen counter was not meant to be used as a computer desk.
Your Home Is Not Ergonomic
One of the main advantages of working in an office space is the various ways that most companies have made working at a desk easier and more comfortable. Most companies have done ergonomic testing on their equipment and workspaces.
Employers are commonly held responsible for workplace-related injuries and ensuring that everything—from the office chair to the height of the desk to the computer—is ergonomically sound is one way to lessen that risk.
You don’t have the same luxury at home. Once you were told to work from home, if you don’t have a designated home office, you probably set up shop at your kitchen counter. However, most of those counters are too high, and your kitchen stool is too low.
When this happens, you tend to shrug up your shoulders and bend your elbows at an awkward angle. Being in this position for a prolonged period would cause major pains in your shoulders, neck, and wrists.
Your Laptop Is Also a Culprit
Laptops were ideally made for people to work while on the go. It can be compact, light, and mobile enough that you could practically work anywhere. But that’s not an advantage when you’re working from home. It could be a disadvantage in the long run.
Do you lack a designated workspace? Is the kitchen counter too crowded and busy? You must have opted to work while lying in bed or sitting cross-legged on the couch. These two positions aren’t doing your spine any favors. Keep this up, and you might have to have your back adjusted by a professional in the future.
The Importance of Stretching
We have gotten so used to sitting in a chair and focusing on the work that we tend to lose track of time. Before you know it, hours have passed, and your neck, shoulders, back, hips, and buttocks are feeling stiff and in pain. Do your body a favor and take breaks to stretch now and then. Try to stick to the routine breaks you made when you were in