Healthy working in the home office

Day-to-day sitting and an unhealthy way of working is very harmful for everyone. It not only leads to musculoskeletal disorders and damage to the heart, intestines and blood circulation, but also to mental stress. To avoid this, there are some suggestions that are easy to implement:

  • Adhere to the ergonomic formula: This rule states that during working hours one should be 50% sitting, 25% standing and 25% moving. To be able to stand while working, the right office equipment is needed.
  • Regulate accessibility: Especially in the home office, it is a big problem that you always have to be reachable. This is a psychological burden that can only be counteracted by setting clear times when you have to be reachable. Outside these times, business calls and e-mails can be ignored.
  • Make sure you have the right office equipment: In the workplace, this means having ergonomic chairs and height-adjustable desks. This way, work can be done alternately standing up and sitting down.  The kitchen and the rest room should not remind you of work. There should be a relaxed atmosphere in which it is possible to rest and switch off. It also makes sense to set up power nap facilities, because power naps increase productivity.
  • Pay attention to humidity: According to workplace regulations, there must be a humidity level of 50 %. Humidity that is too low leads to watery eyes, irritation of the mucous membranes and colds. The air humidity can be improved by planting plants and intermittent ventilation.
  • Spend the lunch break properly: The lunch break should be a time to take things down a gear, which is why sporting activities should be avoided. Sport should rather be done after work as a contrast to the office routine. During the lunch break, a hearty breakfast and a walk away from the workplace are recommended. Light yoga to relax the eye and neck muscles is also good.

Adhering to these suggestions helps to live healthier and prevent illness or damage to one’s body.