The Do's And Don'ts of Sitting Pretty
We all know that posture is everything but when it comes to sitting desk-side it's especially easy to lose sight of it. Not to worry, Sakaralites, we're here to help both you (and ourselves) in every aspect of life, right down to the smallest of details - including desk etiquette.
Let's start with the Don'ts of our Sitting Pretty Tutorial and refer to...
Image 1 NO, DON'T!. As you can see here, our Brand Director, Gabby, looks strained, drained, zoned out, sad even. This is probably one of the most common poses that most of us practice. It's easy to fall into that forward slouch when we stop paying attention to our bodies and become unconscious in our screens. It's time for a change and to refocus our thoughts.
Don't lose track of what your shoulders are doing!
Don't get chained to your desk for more than an hour at a time!
Don't keep reaching for the keyboard or items around your desk! Everything should be within reach. When shoulder, chest and arm muscles are over-used and under-stretched they can begin to pull your shoulders and head forward. That is a definite DON'T!
Lastly, DON'T give up hope and keep reading for the DO'S.
Image 1: NO, DON'T! :(
Ok, now we're at the good part...
See Image 2 YES, DO! See how much happier Gabby is? And it's true. Having good posture not only affects your body in a positive way, it also affects your brain and makes you a more happy, confident and wise-decision-making person.
So, DO remember to think about your posture every few minutes or so and readjust!
DO keep your tailbone slightly tucked to relieve the spine of any strain!
DO support the lower back with a small pillow to help keep your angles in check!
DO keep a clean and organized desk with everything within reach!
DO keep both feet firmly planted on the ground and adjust your chair to your perfect level! Your knees should be at a 90 degree angle (not curled up under your butt, sorry).
DO raise up your computer screen to be directly eye level as to not strain your neck and shoulders! This will also keep your elbows at 90 degrees and your arms relaxed so that your spine is sitting in a nice and pretty line.
Lastly, DO make sure to get up every 30 minutes to an hour for a good stretch and a good movement of the legs to reset into a healthy posture. The body is NOT supposed to be in the same position for a lengthy amount of time.
If nothing else, at least we know a primary benefit of good posture is a good mood, and that's a really good thing.
Image 2: YES, DO! :)