These are just a few very basic tips to get you started. There are a lot of other things you might want to do.
If possible, get some natural light in the area where you plan to work. Natural light helps the brain retain its natural rhythms. If you don’t have any way to do this, there are lamps that can simulate natural light, and even an alarm clock that wakes you up by slowly brightening like a sunrise.
Consider setting up one of the many “Break Reminder” applications. These can help you remember to stretch your body, or get up and move around periodically. They come in all kinds of options such as cloud apps, browser extensions, phone apps, and desktop programs.
Those same reminder programs can help you stay hydrated by reminding you to drink water regularly, and maybe even to step outside every once in a while.
Some things to consider when setting up the physical portions of your workspace:
- Choose a chair with back support that helps maintain the correct posture by supporting the natural curves of your spine. If your chair doesn’t support that posture, add pillows for back/leg support.
- Make sure you sit back in your chair, in a straight but relaxed position.
- Your shoulders should be relaxed with your elbows close to your sides at 90-degree angles when working. Most kitchen tables and desks are too high. Use a pillow as a seat cushion if you need to sit higher.
- Your legs should be at a 90-degree angle and your feet should sit flat on the floor. If your feet are dangling, support them with a book or step stool.
- Your monitor should be at eye level. Use books, old shoe boxes, etc. to raise it if needed.
- If you use a laptop, use an external keyboard and mouse if you have them. It is essential that the monitor is separated from the keyboard/mouse so your eye level aligns with the top of the monitor.