Whether you’re a teacher going back to work
after the summer or you’re finally heading back to the office after working
remotely for some time, going back to work can be quite an adjustment – for
your mental and physical health.
All of the germs that you are now exposed to
in the workplace, coupled with the fact that we are entering cold and flu
season, can make sickness seem inevitable.
IonLoop is here to offer you some tips and tricks for keeping healthy at your desk job
– so you can save up those sick days for well deserved vacations.
When you are sitting at a desk for eight hours
-- or more! -- every day, the way you're sitting probably seems to be the least
of your worries. But it matters more to your physical and mental health than
you might think.
According to the Journal of Physical Therapy Science, having
poor posture can lead to physical problems like muscle strain and joint, back,
and neck pain, which can cause fatigue, making necessary movements feel
exhausting and uncomfortable.
Good posture means you sit up with your back straight and
shoulders back. While we know it can be hard to maintain this
correct sitting position, once you are aware of it, you can begin to practice.
The more you do it, the more it will become second nature for your body.
Furniture is a Great Investment
While the price tag can be a bit overwhelming,
your body will thank you for investing in ergonomic furniture.
Ergonomic equipment is designed to assist you
in what feels natural and good for you. While classic desk chairs have limited
positions that you can sit comfortably in, an ergonomic chair allows for
adjustability so you can be comfortable regardless of height, angle, or
If you don’t know where to start when it comes
to looking at ergonomic furniture, NBC news recently featured a few of the best ergonomic
office chairs – according to experts.
Take note of the position of your computer
monitor and screen.
Do you have to tilt your head slightly upward
What about looking down? You should keep your
monitor so it is directly in your line of sight to avoid neck and shoulder
If you’re going to be working for multiple
hours at a time, looking at an angle can do some serious damage to the muscles
in your neck and shoulders.
You might also try out a pair of blue light glasses to help minimize the
negative effects that screens can have on your eyes, especially when staring at
them for long periods of time.
It is important that you take breaks
These needn’t be long breaks; in fact, just
five to ten minutes of walking around, deep breathing, or simply stretching can
help you significantly. Try to get up and move around every 30 minutes or so to
prevent staying in the same posture for a long period of time.
Snacking can help keep you comfortable between
meals while also stabilizing your blood sugar and giving you the energy you
need to power through the day.
But it is important to recognize that not all
snacks are going to leave you with those same good feelings. Processed snacks
don’t have the nutrients that your body needs to function properly.
Reach for snacks that contain proteins,
high-quality fats, and carbs. These components are what your body needs to keep
you focused and doing your best work all day long. Some great snack suggestions
are: Greek yogurt, fruit, vegetables, nuts, or peanut butter.
It is also just as important to remain
hydrated during the day. Bring a water bottle with you to work and make sure you are drinking at least the minimum daily
intake that your body needs.
Added Immune Support?
Our number one suggestion as always is to
utilize the power of negative ions to give you added immune system support.
Staying healthy behind a computer is possible
with these helpful tips, but don’t forget the positive effects that negative
ions can give you.
Research has shown that negative ions can
actually help improve our immune system while combating the harmful effects of positive ions, which are abundant in most workplaces.