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Working with PsA: My Tips For You

If you are like me, much of your day is spent working at a computer. Not only do our joints take a beating, but so do our eyes. Here are some tips that I have found helpful while working a computer for long hours.

Move around

I know it's hard to move around while being chained to your desk from 9 to 5. Try setting your alarm for every 30 to 60 minutes as a reminder to get up and move. You don't have to move around too much to get some benefits. Perhaps, you take a walk for a bathroom break, or you stand up and head to the water cooler.

Look at your chair

Make sure you have a swivel chair with wheels that you can roll on the floor with. This minimizes joint strain and adds stability and ease of movement. Also make sure your chair has adjustable armrests so that you can rest your arms frequently.

Your mouse

Make sure you have a pad under your mouse for ease of use. I have found that a mouse pad with a built-in gel cushion for my wrist works wonders at supporting my wrist and not adding any discomfort to my wrists. Also there are many ergonomic mouse designs that work well for our hands - find one that works for you!

Voice dictation

This one I learned from my oldest son - when he was having trouble reading the school gave him a program where he could speak into a microphone and the computer would write the words for him. If you are having a particularly hard time typing try looking into voice-to-text software. You can then still be productive at work and get all your important documents typed out without using your fingers at all.

Be comfortable

I have found that wearing comfortable clothing at work is very helpful. Loose clothing seems to work the best. I also find that wearing comfortable shoes saves my feet from getting sore. The worst thing I can do is wear uncomfortable shoes. High heels isn't happening, but I have found some comfortable work shoes that look nice but maintain comfort and keep my feet feeling good all day long. Make sure that your workstation is set up properly to avoid un-needed strains, this includes making sure your computer monitor is at the right height to avoid straining your neck and back.

Take lunch

Take your lunch hour and use it to nourish yourself, but also to get some outside walking time in. I have found that even going for a small walk on my lunch hour is not only helpful to clear my mind, but also to get some extra steps in. It refreshes me and gets me ready for a busy afternoon.

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