Working from home sustainably
Creating a sustainable workspace for you and the environment
Since almost all classes are online and we have to work from home for probably a little longer, it is important to have a home office where you can get your work done. However, it does come with its fair share of struggles. A while ago we asked on the Green Office Instagram whether you experience certain issues while working from home. We noticed that the majority of people experience such issues, both physically and mentally. In this blog we will address some of the common issues that occur while working from home, and we will provide you with some tips on how to tackle those issues.
We have to take care of our mind and body. We sometimes tend to sit behind the same desk the entire day with a slumped back, troubled eyesight and joints that do not move. Besides taking breaks that are beneficial mentally and physically, it is also important to have the right equipment. You could invest in office equipment that will help your posture and prevent neck and back pains, and issues that are related to CANS/ RSI. Think about a standing desk or adjustable office chairs that can adapt to your height and comfort. If you are not ready for such an investment you can go for smaller adaptations that will help you work more comfortably from home. Think about installing an extra screen and/or keyboard, using a laptop booster or an ergonomic mouse.
Some equipment can be purchased with a discount from the WUR shop. However, it is a better and more sustainable option to first see whether there are any good second hand alternatives for sale. You could roam around the Wageningen Student Plaza group on Facebook, or check websites that specialize in second hand furniture such as albeka.nl and desko.nl.
In addition to the right equipment it is important to keep your body moving. Sitting for too long has a negative effect on your blood circulation which could result in a less sharp brain and back issues among other problems . Every break you take is a good moment to get up and walk and stretch for a bit. You could try to incorporate exercise in your daily schedule varying from 30 minute online classes to an hour walking outdoors. De Bongerd offers online classes that you can attend with a sports subscription, or you could do literally anything else. In regard to CANS/ RSI you could follow yoga classes that target those problematic areas (yoga instructions, yoga YouTube video).
Last but not least, be kind to yourself. Eat a nutritious and balanced diet, get a goodnight sleep and drink enough water. After all, working from home takes its toll on almost everyone so don’t pressure yourself too much and don’t hesitate to reward yourself every so often. You deserve it!
By Sarah van Kooten