4. Correct your posture, by taking micro-breaks it’s is a good opportunity to develop awareness.
You can use a mirror for this purpose to help you analyse your posture. A neutral posture is where everything is in balance and your head is aligned and supported by the natural curves of your spine. It’s a position of relaxed ease that your body can sustain with minimal effort, with no tension, stress or pain held in the body.
5. Use earphones when talking, if you’re having a video call raise the screen higher so it’s close to eye level.
6. Move, stretch and exercise regularly, try to aim for 2-3 minutes every hour.
7. Take up a regular practice that focuses on the body – Yoga, Pilates, the Alexander technique or Tai chi, will all provide huge benefits. Any movement therapy will help us to develop a deeper understanding on how we use our bodies and the damage that can be caused by a sedentary job involving digital technology.
8. The Alexander technique has a regular practice of lying down in the semi-supine position, this is where you lie down on a mat on the floor with a couple of paperback books under your head to raise it slightly. Bend your knees you position your feet flat on the floor, shoulder-width apart. By using gravity and mindful deep breathing, this position improves flexibility and decompresses the spine. See more here: https://alexandertechnique.co.uk/learning-it/semi-supine
9. There are simple exercises that can really help, over time we develop bad habits by pulling our chins back so we create a double chin, we can experiment to see where our natural alignment should be, this counteracts turtle neck and the jutting out of our chins.
10. Any exercise that opens up your chest and engages your neck, chest, upper back, shoulder blades and lower back is good. Get into a healthy routine, by developing a series of gentle, slow stretching exercises that involve bending, twisting, core strength and lengthening. This way you will develop and maintain your flexibility as you age.
11. Make sure you drink plenty of water during the day. Good hydration is very important for the health of our spines.
12. Think long term about the potential damage our addiction to mobile devices can cause.
It helps to visualise how you’d like to be in 10, 20 30 years. This long-term view will help you develop simple, easy strategies that will benefit your health and wellbeing.