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The population of people who work from home at least on a part-time basis is growing by the day. This is thanks to a range of connected network and security solutions, freelance online job gigs, and the ability for someone to profit via their own blog or website. No matter what form of online job you’re involved with, working long hours at the personal computer can be a daily reality.

While working from home is absolutely more comfortable than the office, that in no way lessens the need to take care of your health and safety. In fact, it might be that you need to make more stringent adjustments to how you work and perform your duties. Offices often invest into staff safety, by either introducing standing desks or peripherals that foster good long-term health over the course of a day. There are many methods of ensuring this is something you can benefit from at home too, and luckily we have listed some in this article:

Ergonomics

The ergonomics of your sitting space are very important. It all depends on your individual anthropometry, so you should tailor this to your best requirement. Ideally, you need  to ensure that your typing space is a few inches lower or parallel to your elbows when resting your arms, that you need to have your firm on the floor, that your posture and back angle should be straight and not slouched, and that your eyes should be parallel to the very top bezel of your monitor.

This might take some adjustment, it can often allow for the most alert, comfortable and healthy working safety in the long-term. Posture is perhaps the most important of these, as too-soft chairs can really impede your sense of comfort, and can lead to back issues. It’s important to know how to protect your back while sitting at a computer. If you take care of these suggestions, your daily working health will be improved by an immeasurable degree.

Breaks

Taking regular breaks is absolutely essential if you hope to work with efficiency. This is not only because both your physical health can suffer while seated for an extensive amount of time, but mental fatigue is also a real consideration when it comes to giving your best output. It’s best that you don’t feel drained and demotivated, so taking a break of around five to ten minutes at least once every ninety minutes to two hours of work can help you rest your eyes and mental space.

Sometimes, this can be a life-saving maneuver and can help you work for longer hours with less intensity and harmful feeling. This way not only do you feel better, but the quality of your work will not suffer as a result.

With these two simple tips, you will be sure to work long term with excellent results, and less physical harm. Take care of yourself, your office space and ensure you treat this working responsibility with the same gravity as you would in the real business space, and you’ll be smooth sailing.