If you’re like me, you sit behind a desk all day staring at a computer. Maybe you’re rolling around in a hand-me-down vinyl chair with cracker crumbs smashed into the seams. Perhaps you have a multiple screens going at the same time, on par with running the Death Star. Hey… I’m not here to judge. Running a business is hard work.
Have you ever caught yourself “swooping”? It’s when your head juts forward to take a closer look at your computer screen and then says locked in that position for hours. I’m a swooper and I’m willing to bet you are, too.
And at the end of the day, I ache.
Work definitely impacts our physical bodies. There have been days where I’ve been behind a desk staring at a screen for 12 hours. What’s your crazy number?
Lately I’ve been wondering about how to stay happy, healthy and feeling good while I sit and work. So I contacted my client, Allison Suran of Healing Bridge Physical Therapy, and asked her this question:
As a person who sits way too much, what can I do to prevent chronic pain?
Allison offered a few tips:
- Make movement a priority. Change positions as often as you can and alternate between sitting and standing.
- Good ergonomics is important. Consider the level of your computer screen, the height of your seat and the placement of your keyboard. An inch or two can throw off your posture and create pain. (The Mayo Clinic has an excellent infographic on desk ergonomics.)
- Practice healthy breathing. It’s amazing that something as seemingly insignificant as breathing can have such a positive effect on personal comfort. Discover triggers throughout the day to remind you to pause and take a deep breath. This could be as simple as every time you finish a phone call or send an email. Take a full inhale and emphasize the exhale. Lather. Rinse. Repeat.
- Lie down once in a while. Give your muscles and brain a refreshing pause from desk work and get horizontal. Close your eyes and imagine your body lengthening.
Check out Allison’s newest blog post for additional advice about staying ache-free at your desk.
I’ve worked with Allison and Healing Bridge for several years. When they approached me, they were already an established brand. But… they were scattered in their visual identity. Flyers, business cards, postcards, letterhead and other marketing materials had the “touch” of various designers over the years.
My task was to create a cohesive look for their brand and create an instantly recognizable visual identity.
The result? Brand clarity and unity that shows the world what Healing Bridge is all about.
I hope you are embracing 2017 as the year of health, happiness and doing work that matters. Whether it’s something as simple as changing the height of your computer screen or as challenging as telling your brand story, I am here to cheer you on.
What are you hoping to accomplish this year?