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How to Practice Self-Care While Working from Home

When it comes to WFH, comfort is key. Take time to set up an ergonomic home office. This will help prevent the musculoskeletal disorders that can occur when you work on a laptop for long periods of time, and it will increase your cognitive engagement. So, where to start?

March 30, 2020

1. Light It Up

Select a spot where natural light is your primary light source. Research indicates our sleep cycles and even our hormones are positively affected by this. If your setup is near a window where you can let the fresh air circulate—even better!

2. Police Your Posture

Remember that bad posture still counts when you work from home, and that how you sit today will shape your body forever. It’s important to choose an office chair that supports your body. A recent study by Herman Miller and Texas A&M shows how the right chair can influence cognition and your body’s ability to handle stress.

3. Get a Move On

Move your body! Whether or not you have space for a height-adjustable desk, research from the University of Waterloo advises that for each hour worked, we should spend 30 minutes standing.

4. Treat Yourself

If you’ve hesitated to purchase a good sit-to-stand desk for your home office, consider making the investment in your health.

Take Away: Practicing self-care should be your number one priority as you work from home. It will help you be the best partner, caregiver, mom/dad, leader, friend, and contributor that you can be.

Published by Herman Miller

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