Whether you're working from an office or from home. Whether you're sitting in a desk chair or standing at your height adjustable desk. No matter what type of work you do or how you do it chances are you spend 6-8 hours staring at a computer screen. Every. Singe. Day. That's why eyestrain is a common problem. Your vision starts to blur your head starts to throb and you have the constant need to rub your eyes. Heck after hours at my desk staring at a computer screen I'm experiencing it right now! Even a standing desk and monitor stand can't change that...
Ever since the dawn of the office worker eyestrain has been a common ailment. Symptoms can range from sore eyes headaches and lack of concentration. And it doesn't just come from staring at a computer screen for too long but also from exposure to bright light dry air and stress.
Here are a few tricks for you to deal with eyestrain at work:
Take a Break
The Mayo Clinic calls it the 20-20-20 rule - look away from your computer every 20 minutes and stare at something that's 20 feet away for at least 20 seconds. Make a phone call. Fill up your water bottle. Or if you have the UpDesk PowerUp that's the perfect amount of time to touch one button and go from a sitting desk to a standing desk. Also - make sure you blink. This seems like a random thing to remind you of but often times your eyes can glaze over from looking at a screen and you'll forget to blink - leading to dry scratchy eyes. Keep those eyes fresh by blinking often.
Keep It Fresh
With a vibrant and flexible workspace you'll be able to change positions when you need to and keep your eyes from glazing over the computer screen. Ditch the cubicle - or if your office doesn't allow it petition for a height adjustable desk that will let you sit when you want stand when you want make adjustments for what you need and give your eyes a break.
Keep Calm and Carry On
Even if you love your job and stand proudly at your stand up desk everyday stress always creeps in. Deadlines loom bosses hover and the to-do list never seems to get any shorter. Stress is a common element of eyestrain so if you feel it taking over take a deep breath close your eyes and chill out for a few seconds. We've got great tips to help you manage stressand if all else fails just get out of the office for a few minutes and take a walk. You'll come back feeling refreshed and full of new perspective and good ideas.
Although eyestrain can be annoying the good news is that it's not permanent and doesn't have long-term consequences - so don't start looking for that seeing-eye dog just yet... By getting into a few easy habits and working from a standing desk from UpDesk you'll work productively and happily all the live-long day.