Counsellor Kerry Quigley accredited by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy comments ‘Working from the comfort of your bed can feel like a safe calming space, particularly when anxiety is an issue. It can eliminate stressors such as commuting, distractions and workplace politics. The removal of these stressors and the autonomy to structure your day, enables better time management, increasing productivity and improving job satisfaction.’
A study has found that 25% of Brits are struggling to cope with mental challenges of loneliness and isolation from colleagues, with 30% finding it difficult separating their home lives from their work lives.
Experts from OTTY also suggest giving some thought into how you are working from home.
If you are working from your bed be aware of your productivity levels and your mental health. Quigley advises ‘When possible incorporate exercise, regular breaks, and social interaction into your daily routine. For some people, listening to background music can help with concentration.’
Chiropractor Paul McCrossin, President of the United Chiropractic Association stresses that beds are designed for rest and sleep, spending too much time in bed can impact your health in several ways. If we are static for long periods it can lead to stiffness, loss of physical conditioning, pain, fatigue and poor concentration.
But what if you can only work from your bed?
Experts from OTTY have worked with McCrossin on some top tips for how to improve your posture when working from a bed.
- Sit as upright as possible with a cushion behind your lower back and put your computer on something in front of you as a makeshift desk
- Try to get your tech in front of you at almost chest height.
- Avoid being flexed or slouched looking down
- Move regularly, preferably every 30 – 45 minutes
- Perform exercises and movements that are opposite to the position you have been in e.g. if you have been sitting slouched, simply stretch your arms above your head
Here are some examples of general exercises that can help maintain motion in your back.
To target your neck, perform the PNF: https://youtu.be/zE1bCh5Kn_g
To target your mid-back, perform the superwoman/man: https://youtu.be/UztEx0WlC4M
To target your lower back, perform the cat stretch and the yaw: https://youtu.be/7Bxv5_nH7ew / https://youtu.be/lCMomz7uke8
Please note that McCrossin suggests ‘people should exercise with caution and if any cause discomfort or they are concerned about their back they should consult a Chiropractor.’