When you do continuous, intensive computer work for prolonged periods you are at increased risk of developing health problems, including visual fatigue, headaches, upper limb musculoskeletal injuries (e.g. carpal tunnel syndrome), and back pain.
Set up your workstation area with ergonomics in mind. Small changes can make a big difference in your comfort. Some of these things may not be possible at home, but you may be able to find creative solutions if you keep these guidelines in mind.
Computer Ergonomics: Workstation Layout and Lighting. (Ontario Ministry of Labour)
How you work is as important as where you work!
Try incorporating these preventative habits into your routine:
Easing Eye Strain (Mayo Clinic)
5 Exercises to Offset Too Much Sitting (CNNhealth)
PC WorkBreak This application reminds you to take breaks while you work at your computer.
Digital Health & Wellness self-assessment and lots of information from The Learning Portal
Regular exercise is even more important for your well-being during this isolation period. Many gyms are offering online workouts, even to non-members. Scheduled live workouts can really help motivate you to move and feel connected with others.
Check in with the Student Adminstrative Council (SAC) for upcoming fitness offerings.
Mental Health workshops are available from Fleming Counselling and CMHA HKPR. Register here.
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