Most people think of sinking into a hot bubble bath, listening to music, or pouring a glass of their favorite drink at the end of a long, hard day at work. While it is important to relax and unwind during those hours between traveling home and going to bed, there are other things you can and should do to ease aches and pains.
Aches, pains, and sore eyes after work
For tired, dry eyes, gently place a cloth soaked in warm water over closed eyes, or use artificial tears to refresh them. After work, rehydrate yourself and eat a healthy, nutritious meal, then relax in comfort in a cool room to see if that can alleviate your aches and pains. Non-steroid, anti-inflammatory drugs such as ibuprofen and aspirin help to relieve pain and reduce inflammation, and topical analgesics rubbed into the skin can help to ease musculoskeletal pain. The application of an ice pack can soothe sore muscles if you have been on your feet all day, and if your ankles or feet are swollen, try lying on the floor with your back flat, your arms outstretched, and your legs placed straight up against the wall towards the ceiling.
Preventing work-related problems
Prevention is better than cure when it comes to problems in the workplace. When lifting a heavy object, keep your back straight; the load should be held as close to your waist as possible. Push rather than pull a heavy object. At your desk, take regular breaks from your workstation, and get up for a walk every 30 minutes. Make sure your posture is correct. Properly support your lower back; make sure your feet are flat on the floor, and your screen is at eye level; your wrists and forearms should be straight, and your elbows should lie comfortably at your sides. To rest your eyes, look away from the computer screen at least every 20 minutes. Speak to your manager about an assessment of your needs.