We launched AdaptDaily at the very start of the pandemic. Like in the first week, actually. It soon became apparent that all our ideas of showcasing our Restore gummies at trade-shows, Farmers’ markets, and health stores were not going to be a thing. Instead, we were left with (as most of you) working from home on zoom, phone, and email. It was a total buzzkill.
However, as humans, we can adapt and we can adapt fast. That’s how we’ve survived this long. During that first launch week, we also did our FIRST EVER zoom training to our new distributor’s sales reps. Let’s just say it was a total disaster. It was the first time for me (Amber) to present our new adaptogen formula to a group of people. Giving a presentation is bad enough on a good day without having to do it using new technology.
At the time, I didn’t know much about the workings of the zoom platform besides the basics. For instance, I didn’t know how to mute participants. As I was presenting, one of the reps had their microphone mistakenly on and was talking NONSTOP to a family member. All while I was trying to talk (and also not vomit from nerves.) To make it worse, some well-meaning participants tried to put the solutions on how to mute in the chat section. However, I didn’t know how to access the chat, so the box kept dinging which just added to my stress.
Now, fast forward two years later. I can now run a presentation on zoom, record it, answer questions, respond to the chat, and put us into breakaway rooms at any given moment. All while wearing a pressed shirt and blazer on my top half and my run pants below. I’ve now done hundreds of these calls. I even adapted to spending 8 - 10 hours a day on a computer.
However, in doing so, I have developed some unwanted side effects to all this computer time. Tech neck, poor posture, sore legs from sitting too long, and occasional feelings of anxiety, stress, and sometimes even sadness. So much that it led me to google if poor posture can actually lead to mental health challenges.
Turns out it can. A study done by Harvard University found that sitting up straight improved some symptoms of anxiety and stress and even depression. There have also been other studies done that how show poor posture can make us feel fearful and nervous.
Now, most likely I will continue to have to work long hours sitting/standing at a computer. Even as things go back to normal, life and “work-life” have evolved. To adapt, I learned a couple of ways to put my body and mind back into balance while on the job.
I installed the Flow app on my Macbook. It’s a timer based on the Pomodoro Technique. It helps break your workflow into 25-minute chunks, with a 5 min break in between. After 4 of these “Pomodoros” you take a longer 15-30 minute break.
I do YWTL stretches at least 3 times a day. What are YWTL stretches? They are a group of spinal hygiene stretches that help releases tension and bring our posture back into alignment. THESE ARE A MUST if you are getting a nasty hump in the back of your neck. Also, they’re super easy to do and feel instantly amazing. Here is a link to a great video on how to do these. https://youtu.be/_Om027tWgyc
I go for a walk outside in the middle of the day for at least half an hour. Getting out in nature helps me to rebalance and refocus and look at something besides a screen.
I’ve started to take more meetings on the phone (I know right?) I find that a lot of my meetings don’t need to be over zoom and can just as easily be done through a phone call. I often stand for these calls (and even sometimes do lunges and squats!!)
Just incorporating these 4 things into my daily work routine has helped me adapt better to working mainly from a computer and I’ve noticed a huge improvement in my mental health, my tech neck, my body, and my overall happiness. Try it out and let us know if it helps you.