Stand Up - for your health
For those of us who have transformed a corner of our home into a temporary workstation we may have noticed we’re spending long hours curled over our desks. As a health practitioner I’m curious just how much the enforced “working from home” may have impacted on our work life balance.
Indeed, I wonder how many of you have found yourselves sitting hour after hour on video calls? “Zoom fatigue” is a now recognised phenomenon – with increased attention and focus required on a video call to concentrate, issues with light and sound quality further exacerbating the greater attention needed to pick up on verbal cues that are so vital in the ebb and flow of our human interactions. Plus, without the additional travel time, it’s all too easy to start your day earlier and finish a bit later as well as popping in calls back to back, extending that screen staring period a little bit further. When travelling for meetings or working in an office we find ourselves naturally moving; in and out of our transport, to make a hot drink, head to a meeting and even a trip to the loo can be a circuitous one if we end up catching the latest update on “Mary from Finance’s” wedding plans! But it is precisely these discussions that break up our day, allow us to think about something else momentarily and engage in some of the social niceties that allow insight into another persons’ world.
So, what can we do during our working hours to help avoid long periods sitting?
•Set some boundaries? Just because you can work at 6.30am doesn’t mean you should – unless of course that means you can finish early and head into the sunshine!
•Plan your breaks? Allow time to move, stretch your legs, grab a hydrating drink between your calls. You will feel sharper for it.
•Set an alarm? When I’m working on client-research I like to set an alarm every 35mins. It helps me move, re-focus and time just how long a particular task takes me.
•Plan movement? How about early morning yoga, a cycle with the kids before “school” or a distanced walk with a friend at the end of the day. If it is in the diary you’re more like to commit.
•Mix up working positions? I recently bought an adaptation to my desk to allow me to stand at times. The research on the standing desk isn’t conclusive but allowing variety in our movement is a good thing.
However, during these changing times many of us have been able to enjoy more walks in nature, dust down those bikes, walking boots and head outside. So please, whatever you do - be kind to yourself. These are unprecedented times; it’s OK not to feel OK – allow some time just for you within your schedule; to read, have a bath, listen to music – something undemanding while we travel through unchartered waters.
Ready to take action on your health? Contact Pam to book your complementary Health Review 07916688281, firstname.lastname@example.org