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Give your workstation a healthy makeover with these 9 simple additions

Updated on:21 April 2021, 13:31pm IST
Good ergonomics work well to improve productivity at work, and that’s why we want your workstation to have a healthy makeover.
Nikita Bhardwaj
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It’s time to revamp your workstation. Image courtesy: Shutterstock
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As we enter lockdown 2.0, there’s one thing that’s clear: it’s going to be way harder than the last one! The new strain of covid-19 has filled us with fear, and there’s really no chance we want to step out at all, not even for work. That means we are back to our home workstations.

We know it can be quite depressing, and you must be highly stressed due to the situation. But missy, remember you have to be both mentally and physically strong to deal with this deadly virus. And because you spend almost the entire day on your workstation, you must ensure it’s a healthy space. Do you know why? Because it not only affects your productivity, but also promotes physical and mental well-being.

Here are nine simple tips that will give your workstation a healthy makeover
1. Add some plants and flowers around your workstation

This is a proven fact that plants can enliven a space and increase your happiness quotient. And if you can get hold of some long-stem flowers, it will prove to be an icing on the cake. That’s because we are well-aware of the fact that flowers exude a positive vibe. They can refresh our mood and help us stay calm.

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Plants can help liven up your workplace and reduce stress at the same time. Image courtesy: Shutterstock.
2. Keep a huge water bottle on your desk

We know you’re always busy with zoom meetings and phone calls, so much so that you forget to hydrate yourself. Do you know that’s another reason why you experience palpitations and feel stressed? Yes, it happens because your body is dehydrated.

We recommend you keep a big bottle of water on your desk, so you don’t have to rush every now and then to refill it. Just drink it up, and stay energised.

3. Always keep some healthy munchies

If you are working so hard, you are bound to feel hungry. Our suggestion would be to keep some healthy options like roasted chana, fox nuts or even dry fruits to satiate those hunger pangs. Ditch those fried wafers and other unhealthy snacks today!

4. Keep a hot water bottle around to sip on green tea

Sipping on hot water is recommended to keep covid-19 at bay. Plus, to nourish your body, you also need green tea, at least twice a day. For that, just keep a bottle of hot water around, and you’re sorted.

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Green tea can rescue you from stress. Image courtesy: Shutterstock
5. Keep a moisturizer in your desk drawer

You must be using a lot of sanitizer or washing your hands at frequent intervals, isn’t it? So, to avoid dry skin, keep a moisturizer handy. In fact, you should also keep sunscreen within reach to protect your skin from the harmful rays, which are emitted from all gadgets.

6. Keep a cushion for back support

Backache has been the biggest health concern that has been reported, as a side-effect of the work from home situation. That’s because most of us don’t have proper workstations at home, especially proper chairs. To provide your back proper support, you can very well use a cushion and make a conscious effort to maintain the correct posture.

7. Keep an ottoman to rest your feet

You might not have paid heed to it, but have you lately felt muscle stiffness, numbness, or soreness in your legs? That’s because at times, our feet are not positioned properly — either, they are hanging midway or they are not properly rested. That’s why you must have an ottoman or a foot rest to help you out.

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A correct posture makes a whole lot of difference. Image courtesy: Shutterstock
8. Get some laptop essentials

When it comes to good posture, then your screen must be positioned at a certain angle from your eyes. Even the distance from your hands matters. If your screen doesn’t have a proper angle, you are likely to feel the pain in your neck. That’s why having a laptop stand can help you out.

Another thing that you can totally buy is a screen guard. As you are spending so much time on your laptop, its harmful rays can damage your eyes. Invest in a good quality screen guard to deal with this problem.

9. Have some essential oils around your workstation

If you have some space left on your workstation, add a scented candle or a small essential oil diffuser. Hey, we aren’t bluffing in any way. There is a whole theory that suggests the positive effects of aromatherapy. It can help you calm down and also make your muscles relax.

Another thing that you should keep in mind is to keep your desk clutter-free.

Nikita Bhardwaj Nikita Bhardwaj

Six-pack abs are all that Nikita needs, along with her daily dose of green tea. At Health Shots, she produces videos, podcasts, stories, and other kick-ass content.