Working on the computer – particularly with coding – within technology-heavy fields can be enthralling and offer an array of incredible, revolutionary opportunities. Software engineers, web developers, video game designers and IT security specialists are several of the numerous careers that are becoming essential in modern society – and also happen to require extensive time spent using technology. Are you considering a career utilizing computers, coding and technology? Read on for our top tips for computer-centric professionals.

1. Take set, purposeful breaks.

In any career, it’s important that you take time to reflect and – honestly – relax! However, in a computer-centric career, it’s even more essential that you set time where you can give your mind and eyes a break. In addition to your lunch hour and inevitable few trips to the bathroom, take a few moments to stand up, stretch, look around and allow yourself to “reboot.” Plus, here’s a fun tip: If you have been sitting for a long period of time, stand up and work while standing for 15-30 minutes.

2. Purchase a pair of computer glasses.

Anyone who spends hours upon hours in front of a screen will swear by the incredibility of computer glasses – which protect your eyes from the harmful glow of your technology. Of course, a small amount of time won’t hurt your vision, but – eventually – staring at the computer will cause your eyes to strain, leading to headaches. Computer glasses help to curb this problem (with a stylish touch).

3. Place a stool under your feet to give your legs a rest.

This is an especially important tip if your feet don’t reach the ground or need to stretch a bit to rest flat. Placing a stool or bin for your feet helps take the strain off of your upper legs and improves circulation.

4. Line padding for your wrists on your desk or keyboard.

If you love computers, you’ve probably heard of the ailment “carpal tunnel.” It’s a painful condition characterized by an annoying tingling sensation, and typically occurs due too way too much typing without support. Padding can help make for a more comfortable workspace.

5. Invest in a high-quality chair with lumbar support.

While it’s great to stand up and stretch, it’s also expected that you’ll be frequently sitting. So, ensure that your chair is a perfect fit for you – and, no, we don’t just mean in its design! (Though, if you want some cool stripes up the side, go for it.) Find a chair that specifically has special lumbar support to keep your back and bottom healthy and strong.

Technology has offered immeasurable possibilities for businesses, gamers, shoppers, patients and the world overall. Despite our strides toward automation and orchestration, at the heart of it all, there is still a human at the other end making it all possible – which is why it’s important to remember to take care of yourself as you live out your dream in a computer-centric career.