By Sara Townsend
1/ Back up information
Stooping to read a hilarious text places up to 27kg of extra weight on your spine. To counter it, lift your phone to chest height. Or try this exercise from osteopath Darren Chandler: Stand up against a wall and push your chin down with your index finger, while keeping your head on the wall. You’ll be an upright citizen again.
2/ Put work anxiety on silent mode
Your pinging phone doesn’t just irk your fellow commuters. Loughborough University in the UK found the compulsion to check and answer messages leads to spikes in cortisol and blood pressure. Switch off social media alerts, set a 10-minute Facebook limit, and check all e-mails within a pre-decided time frame. All LOL cats soon look alike.
3/ Invest in antivirus
Break out the hand sanitiser: American microbiologists found 10 times more nausea-causing bugs on mobiles than toilet seats. Keep your phone box-fresh and the only viruses you’ll need to worry about are the ones on your PC.
4/ Tap out of thumb pain
Typing and swiping all the way to work is a fast-track ticket to repetitive strain injury. The tiny joints and tendons are very susceptible to strain. Physio Katherine Cran advises using all your digits to type. You’ll earn at least two “likes” from your long-suffering opposables.
5/ Adjust your focus
Screen strain can tire your eyes before the working day even begins. Turn down the brightness on your phone, increase the font size, and always hold it at least 10cm from your face, suggests ophthalmologist Jay Self. And never attempt to read while walking. The jerky-eye movements will make your head hurt, as will being inadvertently flattened by a double-decker bus.