Your Daily Occupation: Notice Your Surroundings
Have you gone outside today? Is sun shining where you are? Why don't you take 5 minutes and see what's happening outside?
In my neighborhood, birds are singing and my 2-year-old neighbor is playing naked on
his screened-in porch while his mom feeds his baby brother.
It's almost like nothing unusual is going on.
Take a moment and consider your home working environment. You'll be spending a lot of time here over the next few weeks, so let's think about it.
Desk and Chair
Ideally, you'll be working at a desk with your feet on the floor. Your hips and knees should be bent at roughly 90 degrees, and the level of your desk should allow you to comfortably reach your keyboard while keeping your shoulders relaxed. Your screen should allow you to look straight ahead, rather than flexing your neck.
Outfit your desk with office supplies, your favorite fidget toys, a phone stand, a personal photo or 2, and any other materials you typically work with. LEGOs, small stuffed toys, and binder clips are my favorite fidgets.
Consider light, temperature, noise, and distractions. Perhaps open your curtains so you can see outside. Remove clutter from your visual field—I took the craft supplies that usually sit on my home desk and stashed them in a closet. I've had to stop the dryer a couple of times today because the noise is too much for me while I'm talking on the phone. If your room gets too hot or cold with the door closed, consider a fan or adding layers.
We are in this for the long haul, so it is fine to spend time making adjustments to your work space and routine. Please don't make do because this is short term - you and your comfort are important, and we support you creating an environment that is comfortable and pleasant.
About the Author
Melissa Christopher, OT/L is an Occupational Therapist with more than twenty years of experience and the founder of Stellar Therapy Services. Stellar Therapy Services provides therapy staffing solutions for school districts, home health facilities, hospitals, and many other settings needing Physical Therapists, Occupational Therapists, Speech Language Pathologists, and other therapy and healthcare professionals.