The Joys? Of Working from Home – Part 3 Break Away From Your Screens!
Like a lot of UK-based companies, Creatively Yours has had to change and adapt the way that we work over the past year. So, whether your office is in San Francisco, Sydney, or Saffron Walden you have had to become used to video calls and working from home which, in itself, has presented its own challenges.
At the beginning of the pandemic everyone was worried about being stuck at home with their families for long periods (thinking of those family Christmas’s) Oh, and the shortage of toilet rolls! However, as time went on some of our opinions and outlooks changed as companies were forced to adapt to remote working as this became the only way of working.
Remote working requires a mix of discipline and self-care. It may be easy to get carried away with your work without others reminding you to go on breaks, share a coffee and forget about life outside of work. What is often forgotten is that those offices are great places for socialising and making connections with each other but, even with restrictions lifted, it is predicted that 70% of workers will be working remotely.
So here are our top 5 tips for your new remote working life:
Breakaway from your Screens
Cook your way to Success
Keep your connections!
3 Break away from your Screens!
This is one of our recommendations that is backed by experts in the Health and Safety world. Although there is no hard and fast rule on how long it should be between taking a break away from your screens, the Health and Safety (Display Screen Equipment) Regulations do suggest that breaks should be ‘periodically’ taken. It then further goes on to suggest that your working time should be designed to include a mix of tasks, some screen-based and some non-screen based, to allow natural breaks from concentrating on the screen, sitting in the same position (see our blog Keep on Moving) or repetitive input work, for example.
Sometimes though, due to the nature of your work, this is not always possible, and in this case, deliberate breaks awau must be introduced. Given this, it is suggested by the HSE, that at least 5 minutes in every hour should be spent away from the screen.
Just in terms of your eye health, try the 20-20-20 rule which is every 20 minutes, look up from the screen at something about 20 feet away for about 20 seconds, enough to give the muscles in your eyes a chance to rest and relax.
Finally, the HSE suggests that short, frequent breaks are better than less frequent longer breaks, so a 5 or 10 minute break after 50 to 60 minutes is better than a 20 minute break every 3 hours. Take this time to stand up, move around, shake your arms and legs, or just change positions, as this will help avoid aches and pains and keep your mind focussed and body energised.
In our next blog, the importance of diet and having healthy lunch breaks and snacks come under focus.
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