The beginning of the twenty-first century has seen a large increase in job opportunities that allow workers in many areas to do their jobs remotely. This includes entrepreneurs, consultants, business associates and all type of freelancers, from data entry positions to project managers.
Unfortunately, this means that there is also an increase in the number of people whose health is affected by this new and professional lifestyle. There are changes in weight, sleep patterns, posture, and others that negatively impact our quality of life. However, there are several methods of dealing with these issues.
The eyesight declines with age, but there is hardly any need to speed that process up. While you are not working with a blowtorch, prolonged exposure to the computer screen may do irreparable damage. There are a few things you can do to shield your eyes from the glare of the computer screen.
It is not enough to have any pair of glasses. Search for lenses that offer additional protection from the glare of the screen. This will protect your eyes, especially if you are working at night or have a need to do a lot of overtime.
While at work, take an occasional break and close your eyes for a few minutes. There is no need to fall asleep, but simply to rest your eyes and allow them to recover a bit before returning to work. While off the clock, avoid electronic devices. Focus on the scenery and the people around you.
Many websites are aware that their users frequent them at night, and have a ‘night-mode’ of sorts. While this isn’t the case with every website you need for your job or hobby, there is a way to tamper with the light settings of your screen, as well as experiment with your computer and browser setting regarding the color scheme you want to see while visiting a website.
Sitting at a computer desk for hours on end ruins your posture, regardless of how comfortable and ergonomic your chair is. Take a 5-minute break to do a few simple stretches. The best course of action is to sign up for a recreational activity, like going to a pool, a gym, or a yoga class. This is not always possible, due to time constraints. However, many free websites offer the collection of so-called office workouts. Find the solution that works best for you and your timetable.
Your body needs rest. Quality sleep is important, as a normal human being cannot function on 3 hours a sleep a day, supplemented with a few power naps. If you haven’t already, develop a sleeping rhythm. Go to bed at a certain time and get up at a certain time.
The same goes for food. You can’t function on snacks and junk food. If you are having trouble with fitting meals into your schedule, set aside a part of the day where you will make a packed lunch, but make sure it’s balanced.
This is a point that cannot be stressed enough, especially to CEOs and yuppies – you are not your job. It is true that the market is competitive, but there is a reason why businesses hold many facilities to facilitate living in your office – your body and mind need a break from work.
Remember to socialize and develop a hobby. At the risk of sounding like a hippie, this allows your spirit to bounce back. Seeing your friends while off the clock and going to a concert help you in separating your work and personal life.