While working from home may sound like a dream, it’s important to remember that it’s not all coffee breaks and Zoom meetings in pajamas. As with working in any office, it’s important that your workstation is comfortable and supports you so that you can remain motivated and productive. Sitting at your desk for hours on end can cause, at best, some temporary discomfort, and at worst, long-term injury. Investing in some simple but innovative products can increase your comfort and productivity while reducing the risk of causing yourself any prolonged damage. Here are 4 of the best accessories for your home marketing office:
The Correct Chair
Working in an office usually means spending the majority of your time sitting in a chair, so having the right amount of comfort and support is key to avoiding back pain and spinal injury. An article published by Spine-Health states that you should look for an ergonomic chair that supports your lower back and promotes good posture. While finding the right office chair for you is not a case of one-size-fits-all, there are some important characteristics to look out for while shopping for your perfect chair:
- Adjustable seat: being able to and lower your chair means you can ensure you’re sitting in the correct position at your desk, keeping your head, arms, and shoulders at the correct height while you work
- Lumbar support: a chair with adjustable lumbar support will make sure you keep your correct posture when seated while supporting the natural inward curvature of your lower back
- Adjustable armrests: these will support your arms while you’re sitting down and keep your shoulders from hunching
- Swivel seat: being able to turn around and access other parts of your home office without straining will help you to avoid pulling muscles in your back and neck
The Perfect Orthopedic Seat Cushion
A seat cushion can give you extra comfort for those long days sitting at your desk, but if you want to tackle those aching hips and lower back twinges, investing in an orthopedic seat cushion like these will give you the extra support where you need it most. Just like the office chair, there’s a seat cushion for everyone, and you can shop around for the one that suits your needs. If you suffer from lower back pain, try a gel-filled cushion to soothe your lumbar region instantly. Choosing one with memory foam padding will also ensure that your behind is well taken care of and stays comfortable all day. On the other hand, if your aches and pains are more concentrated around your hips, finding a seat cushion that distributes your weight evenly will lift your bottom, hips, and legs into the correct position and alleviate sore areas.
An Under-Desk Elliptical
In a year that seems to have been completely dictated by the Coronavirus, most of us have been guilty of letting a few extra pounds creep on over the last few months. With more of us spending the majority of our days at home than ever before, it’s no surprise that we’ve been feeling a little heavier than usual. If you’re looking for a way to burn a few extra calories and add more movement to your sedentary day, an under-desk elliptical machine could be the perfect solution for you. Starting at around $50, you don’t have to break the bank in order to fit a little exercise into your working day.
If you are running your small business from a laptop, then keeping your eyes protected from harmful blue light is essential to your health. Smartphones, laptops, and PCs all emit blue light, which can cause eye strain, dizziness, and headaches. While most smartphones have a blue light filter built in, if the bulk of your day is spent looking at a computer monitor, a blue light filter screen could help save you from unwanted eye issues. Certain models even come with a privacy filter, obscuring your PC, laptop, or tablet screen from prying eyes. Perfect for if you share your space.
Working from home has its advantages; you don’t have to commute to your desk, bring in lunch, and you can get away with wearing slippers for most of the day. But with all the creature comforts of working out of your apartment or house, it’s easy to fall into bad habits. Just having a desk and a chair in your spare room doesn’t make it an office. Investing in the right office accessories will not only offer the correct support that your body needs to get through the working week but by creating the perfect working environment, you’ll find yourself more motivated and focused mentally as well.
We may be working from home for a long time to come. It’s time to settle in and get comfortable.