Preventing Computer Related Health Problems

  • One should start off with tidying the desk, putting everything up in clutter. This will also give enough space for the right positioning of the computer, so that the keyboard is at the most comfortable position, and the monitor is correctly adjusted to eye level.
  • Micro-pauses or tiny breaks can periodically provided much needed rest and recuperation for tired muscles and eyes. After a stint at the computer, one could look at papers, walk across to a colleague's desk, or just stretch out to relax the body muscles.
  • The equipment one uses also plays an important role. The height and posture of the chair, the positioning of the table, the lighting conditions, and the angle at which the monitor or keyboard faces the user all contribute towards lessening of stress.
  • One should also periodically get a health check up done, and be aware of any unexplained aches and pains. Recurring pains in the fingers, wrists or arms and shoulders should not be ignored. One can start doing exercise to ease the stress in these parts of the body. Massaging has also been found to be a good stimulant. Similarly one could consult a doctor and do eye exercises to reduce the strain on the eyes.
  • It is important that executives take computer related stress seriously, because prevention is better than cure. If these symptoms are allowed to grow unchecked, they may eventually lead to making a person dysfunctional and may require expensive and time consuming treatment.

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