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  • Take appropriate and frequent stretch breaks.
  • Avoid shoulder-cradling your phone.
  • Keep frequently used items within an easy reach.
  • Wear wrist braces only while resting arms.
  • Maintain proper posture, paying careful attention to positioning of head, neck/spine, arms/wrists, hips/thighs and feet.
  • Alternate between different postures on a regular basis.
  • When keyboarding, use minimal force while striking the keys.
  • Use a light touch while using your mouse, avoid holding your fingers raised above the mouse, and keep it as close to your mid-line as possible.
  • Keep a neutral position, where forearms, wrists, and hands are in a straight line.
  • Avoid awkward reaching for work tools such as telephone, mouse and reference materials.
  • Avoid resting elbows, forearms or wrists on hard surfaces or sharp edges.
  • Take frequent mini-breaks throughout the day to give muscles and joints a chance to rest and recover.
  • Alternate between work activities—use different muscle groups to avoid overuse of any particular muscle.
  • Give eyes a break by closing them momentarily, gazing at a distant object and blinking frequently.
  • Maintain appropriate light levels for specific tasks. More illumination may be needed to read a document than to view a computer screen.
  • Reduce or eliminate glare by using window shades, diffusers on overhead lighting, and anti-glare filters for computers when necessary.
  • Avoid long periods of repetitive activity. For example, alternate computer work with other tasks like phone calls, filing, copying and meetings.
  • Vary tasks to make the day more interesting. For example, deliver a message in person instead of phoning.
  • Organize your workload to help even out busy and slow times, and to avoid feeling "swamped."
  • Reduce stress by planning ahead and setting realistic expectations for what you can accomplish during the workday.
  • Learn the keyboard commands. This will save time, and will avoid overuse of the mouse.