When you’re in the middle of exams, or any time when you’re stuck at your desk all day, pain in your back and neck can develop and can be uncomfortable and distracting. Fortunately though, there are ways to relieve it – it all comes down to posture.
While it might be difficult to face the fact that mum was right when she was telling you to sit up straight your whole childhood, having good posture, especially while you’re sitting down, really does help you study and feel better.
How you organise your desk/study area is important.
When you’re sitting up straight, the top of your computer screen should be at eye level, and slightly tilted upwards. This stops your neck from cramping into an uncomfortable position all day. If you can fork out for a stand (this is the best option because they’re generally adjustable) a few books will also do the trick!
For the sake of your eyesight, it’s good to have about half a metre between you and the screen. You should be able to look at the screen without leaning towards it, keeping your back straight.
Try to keep your elbows at a 90 degree angle and relaxed, without leaning on the desk. This will prevent you from slouching over and hunching your back.
Adjust your chair so that it’s at a height where you can put your feet flat on the ground. Crossing your legs for long periods of time can affect your hips and back in the long run, which will make sitting down difficult in the future, so try to avoid it!