Tech Tip of the Week: Posture

Spending so much time sitting at a computer, it can be easy to forget to mind your posture.

Here are some tips on how to have a better posture.

  1. Try to stay aware of your posture throughout the day!
    • This could mean setting an alarm on your phone to remind you to check your posture or even trying one of the apps designed to help you improve your posture.
  2. Get up and move!
    • The longer you sit the more likely you are to slouch, so try to take some breaks from the computer and stretch your legs a bit. This is also a good way to prevent eye strain!
  3. Move your monitor so that the top of the screen is at eye-level!
    • If you’re able to do this it is an easy way to encourage yourself subtly to sit up more regularly.

It’s not just your spine that needs a little attention! Proper wrist posture when typing will be far worth the effort in the long run as well.

  1. Keep your wrists straight and your fingers curved!
  2. If you’re able to purchase one, wrist rests can help encourage better wrist posture!
  3. Regular hand stretches are also a great way to keep your hands and wrists happy and healthy!

Tech Tip of the Week: Take Breaks from your Screens!

Taking a break away from your screens can help with eye strain, sleep, productivity, and breaking the habit of doomscrolling.

Here are some apps you can use to remind you when it is time to take a break.

A good rule of thumb is to get out of your chair for at least 5 minutes each hour.

Another good rule of thumb to help with eye strain there is the 20-20-20 rule! Every 20 minutes, look away from your screen at something about 20 feet away for about 20 seconds. Consider this a stretch for your eyes!

Lastly, this might be a good time to check out our previous Tech Tip of stretches for your hands! check it out here.

Tech Tip of the Week: Preventing Eye Strain

This week’s Tech Tip is all about your eyes!

We use our eyes constantly and the screens we use nearly as often can cause strain to our eyes. There are a few things you can do to prevent this eye strain:

  1. Get an eye exam
  2. Use proper lighting
  3. Minimize Glare
  4. Upgrade your monitor
  5. Adjust your computer settings
  6. Blink more often
  7. Exercise your eyes
  8. Take frequent breaks
  9. Modify your workstation
  10. Wear computer glasses to reduce blue light

Learn more about each of these steps here.

Tech Tip of The Week: Stretches for your Hands!

Sitting at a computer all day typing can really take a toll on your hands. This week’s Tech Tip offers some stretches you can try throughout the day to keep your hands happy.

This article from Harvard instructs on how to perform wrist stretches that will help lengthen the muscles and tendons that can be shortened by daily tasks like typing.

If videos are more your thing, this video was made by a doctor who specializes in treating professional gamers and demonstrates stretches for your entire hand.

And don’t forget to give your hands a well-earned break every now and then!

Managing Stress for Finals Week and Beyond

The end of the semester can be stressful, but it is important to take care of yourself while you are taking care of everything else.

Wellness is important for enjoying life during any time of the year and various resources around campus have recently created a new online magazine called Be Well Illinois that covers all topics related to wellness.
Check it out here!

Also, if you can, feel free to stop by the iSchool on Reading Day (Thursday, December 12th) for a relaxation event starting at 3 pm with free food and activities!
The event will be held in rooms 131 and 126.

Good luck on finishing up the semester and congratulations to any soon-to-be graduates!

Tech Tip: Taking a Break!

This week’s tech tip is also a life tip.

Take a little time away from your computer or phone or whatever device that can cause you stress.

It is important to bring yourself back to the things you love. Maybe that’s reading a book or watching a movie or catching up with a friend. Whatever brings you joy. Then you can get back to all the emails and the deadlines and various obligations. All those things will still be there whether you take a small break or not.

So take the break. Stay away from technology for just a little bit.

Thank you for coming to our Tech Talk.

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