Virtual reality is part of our new reality. If you weren't as comfortable with using technology or even connected to the internet before, I'm sure Covid has definitely changed that. As we spend more time indoors moving into fall and possibly even more time with technology, here are a few tips to help you adjust and stay well.
1. Personal Workspace
Wether you're working from home, the office, or have a hybrid work schedule, it's time to get serious about updating your workstation. Make sure you have an ergonomic chair because if you're sitting for a long period of time in one position that’s not natural, or a bad position from a postural standpoint, over time that’s going to break down your spine. A good office chair is going to help you maintain a neutral posture, which means sitting with your feet flat on the floor, your knees slightly higher than your hips, and your hips, shoulders, and ears all lined up with each other. Another important furniture piece to invest in is a sit-stand table, which can help offset and prevent a sedentary lifestyle (aka sitting disease).
2. Utilizing Apps as Reminders
With more than 8.9 million mobile apps out there to choose from for dating, gaming, entertainment and more, there are a few worth downloading to simply remind you to take a break, stretch, or go for a walk! For your computer (Mac and Windows) there is Stretchly, an app that reminds you to take breaks when working on your computer. A small popup will let you know before it's time to take a break, and then remind you when it's time. For your phone, there is Unhook (Android only) which not only reminds you to take a break, but forces it upon you! You set a daily time limit for different types of screen usage, such as social apps, video streaming, and games. Once you cross the limit you set, Unhook makes you walk to unlock more time. For every 100 steps that you walk, you will get 10 minutes of extra usage time on the phone.
3. Take Breaks From Technology
While working remotely has it's pros and cons, I often hear from clients that it's hard to breakaway from their work because they find themselves spending too much time online, or with their phone, to produce deliverables as well as staying in touch with their colleagues or clients. On average we spend about 8.6 hours per day interacting with technology (if you own an iPhone you probably receive weekly screen time stats and it might be more!) Try taking baby steps by putting your phone/computer away when you're having a meal, setting boundaries by not checking your email/text when it's outside of "office hours", or putting away your phone or laptop at least an hour or two before bedtime.