My name is Emma and I’m a chiropractor working in Eastbourne. We all know that since March 2020 the world turned upside down, and many of us are getting used to a new ‘normal’ way of life.
As a chiropractor in Eastbourne, this means getting used to new PPE procedures, but for a large population of Eastbourne it also means adapting to working from home.
Because of this, I thought I’d give my top five tips for working from home.
1. Set Your Desk Up Properly
First and foremost, make sure your desk is set up correctly and that you are comfortable. As a chiropractor in Eastbourne, I often see patients that are uncomfortable after long periods of sitting on the sofa. Although it’s very easy to prop yourself up here, I can assure you it will not be comfortable there for a long time.
As a chiropractor, there are five steps I always follow to make sure I’m set up correctly for working at home:
Keep eyes in line with the top of the computer screen
this can really easily be achieved by putting some books underneath the screen.
Keep your shoulders back and relaxed
this reduces the strain on your neck and shoulders.
Keep your forearms in line with the keyboard
you might have to alter the layout of your desk slightly if this one isn’t achievable, but it prevents excessive strain on your wrists and forearms.
Keep your hips higher than your knees when seated
this helps to keep your spine in a neutral position and prevent excessive strain on your hips and back.
Keep your feet flat on the floor
this helps spread the load equally.
2. Drink Plenty of Water
It is really important to make sure you drink enough water. The human body consists of 60-70% water, and water consumption is vital in order to keep your body functioning.
The British Dietetic Association advises that men drink 2 litres of water a day and women drink 1.6 litres of water a day – that’s 8-10 drinks daily for men and 6-8 drinks daily for women.
A lack of water can lead to dehydration, which can result in tiredness, lack of concentration, headaches, dizziness and light-headedness.
As a chiropractor in Eastbourne, I often see patients that are suffering with headaches and forget to have more than 2 or 3 glasses of water a day!
4. Don’t Work For Too Long – Plan Your Day!
It’s very easy to get engrossed in a project and work for longer than you have to.
Remember to plan your day so that you can take regular breaks from working from home and spend time doing things that you enjoy away from work.
I think it’s important to make sure you leave the house everyday too, even if it’s just for a walk around the block to get some fresh air or a trip to the supermarket to do the weekly food shop.
5. Stay Connected
Don’t forget to keep in touch with the people that mean the most to you. Schedule in a phone call, or even better, a Zoom call!
We are all in this together, even if we’re not all local to Eastbourne, and chatting to other people might just give you the boost you need. The ‘lockdown’ period really made me realise that as a chiropractor I took for granted seeing lots of faces on a daily basis!
I hope these tips help you adapt to a new ‘normal’!
If you have any questions for a chiropractor or would like to see a chiropractor in Eastbourne, please contact us at Lushington Chiropractic Clinic to book an appointment.
By Emma Johnson
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