4 tricks to beat the effects of your desk job

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Without anybody telling you to keep your shoulders back and give your eyes a screen break, the 9-5 can be tricksy…

From stooping over your laptop screen to chain-eating the relentless baked goods that seem to appear as quickly as they vanish, working in an office doesn’t have the best of reputations when it comes to your health.

And considering it’s where we spend the majority of our time, it’s important you look after yourself. 

With that in mind, here are four desk job essentials that will keep you in good nick.

1. Up your skincare game

Everyone who’s ever worked in an office will be familiar with the arctic chill of the air conditioning or the dry blast of old-school heating, and the effects it can have on your skin.

It’s impractical (and unreasonable) to be slathering on moisturiser every hour when you’re at your desk. Instead, arm yourself with a moisturising facial mist such as Herbivore Rose Hibiscus Hydrating Face Mist and keep it in your top desk drawer.

As well as keeping your skin hydrated, a quick spritz on the face is the wake-up we all need at 3pm on a Monday.

2. Look after your eyes 

Squinting at a spreadsheet for long periods isn’t doing your eyes any favours, especially when you head home after work to binge-watch your latest Netflix obsession… on yet another screen.

So, make sure you take regular breaks and gaze at something in the distance to relax your eyes. 

Apply the ‘20-20-20 rule’. Never heard of it? In a nutshell, this is the theory that, for every 20 minutes of screen use, you should focus on something 20ft away and stare at it for at least 20 seconds.

By fixing your eyes on something in the distance, you’ll be relaxing the focusing muscle within the eye, giving it a chance to recover from all that screen time. 

And if you’re not sure whether you’re suffering from dry eyes, take the Optrex Dry Eye Blink Test. It takes literally seconds and helps determine the state of your peepers.

3. Stretch it out 

We’re not saying you should be breaking into a downward-facing dog every five minutes, but when you’re hunched over a desk for the majority of your week, it’s well worth taking a few minutes to stretch.

For an easy exercise that won’t make you look like the uninvited office yogi, cross your arms over your chest so that your hands are on opposite shoulders and twist either way as far as you can.

You should feel some relief in your spine, not to mention giving your eyes a well-deserved screen break.

4. Mix up your meetings

When your calendar is completely blocked owuuut with meetings, chances are your day will see you sitting in front of a laptop screen for hours on end.

Sitting down for long stretches of time (aka an average day at the office) isn’t the best for your health and is believed to slow down your metabolism.

Taking your work outside and having a walking meeting is a great way of killing two birds with one stone. It gives you the chance to move around and get some fresh air while ticking one more task off your office to-do list. 

Optrex ActiMist 2 in 1 Dry + Irritated Eye Spray repairs the eye’s lipid layer and locks in natural moisture. Wondering whether you might have dry eyes? To find out, take the Optrex Dry Eye Blink Test online. As it’s National Eye Health Week (24th – 30th September) Optrex and Boots are offering in-store blink tests* at White City and Piccadilly Circus on Thursday - Friday (27th – 28th ) and Kensington and Oracle Reading on Saturday - Sunday (29th- 30th ).

*This is not a diagnostic tool.