In this very moment, as you’re reading these lines, you’re probably increasing your possibilities to suffer from RSI. Don’t panic, it’s not a fatal disease: RSI stands for Repetitive Strain Injury and is the kind of physical condition you get from spending too much time working in front of a computer without taking the appropriate measures. And while working is a good habit – it dignifies the human being, at least that’s what they say –, if you go beyond certain limits it’ll begin to seriously affect your health.
There are a few quick tips you can follow to prevent RSI and work with your computer in a healthier way. They can be summed up in the following points:
- First, have all the elements in your working space – monitor, keyboard and mouse – properly arranged. They should easily reachable and comfortable to use. Make sure the monitor is at a proper height (with the screen’s top edge aligned with your eyes) and use a wrist rest to type.
- Second, your desk and chair should be carefully chosen, so as to enable you to sit straight in a natural way. Try to maintain posture alignment, without slouching, and keep arms on your chair armrests as often as possible.
- Third, take frequent, short breaks rather than scarcer, longer ones. The ideal rate is a five-minute break every working hour. Look away from the computer, do some stretching exercises or even better, go get some water in the water cooler downstairs.