Looking after the hard workers!

Have you ever thought about what you’d do if you didn’t have any hands?  So far today I’ve got out of bed, dressed, washed, made breakfast and had a couple of cups of coffee whilst going through my emails and starting my working day.  All of these activities involved using my hands and so it’s safe to say I’d be lost without them!

So, if that’s the case, why don’t we take more care of them?  As I’m writing this, I’m reaching for the handcream because I’ve just noticed they’re a little dry, but is that enough?

One of the biggest complaints people experienced since home working is wrist and hand pain and yet a few simple changes can make all the difference.  So what can you do:

  1. Consider your posture.  Yes, believe it or not, that does make a difference.  Sitting too low or slouching at your desk can mean that your hands are on a poor angle when working and this can put a lot of strain on them.  Raising yourself to the optimum level will ensure you hold your wrists well when working.
  2. Stretch regularly!  The internet is full of good exercises to help you stretch and strengthen your wrists.  A stressball can work as well too. 
  3. Get the right equipment.  A good keyboard and mouse can make a world of difference.  Whether it’s a keyboard with lighter keys or an ergonomic mouse, there is something to suit everyone in this area.
  4. And yes, giving your hands a rest and a little bit of pampering can make them feel a whole lot better too!

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