Since the start of the pandemic, more people have been working from home and spending more time on the computer. In many cases this includes meetings that are conducted virtually and platforms such as Zoom or Outlook Teams.

For patients who suffer from migraines and headaches, this has been a particularly difficult time as many find that their headaches are triggered by “screentime” or extended computer use

For healthier “screentime” utilize the following tips:

-Practice good screen ergonomics. It is important to keep your monitor at eye-level, adjust the brightness of the screen, and make sure you are sitting 2 feet away from the screen.

-Think 20-20-20. Every 20 minutes make a habit of taking your eyes off the screen and focusing on an item 20 feet away for 20 seconds. This will help to prevent fatigue.

-Invest in a blue-blocking or anti-glare screen cover

-Take breaks. It is important to get up from your desk or workstation and move around every so often.

-Stick to a routine. It is important to continue healthy habits including healthy diet, exercise, and keeping hydrated. Try to avoid skipping meals and keep a water bottle on your desk.

If you still find you are having increased numbers of migraines or headaches speak with a healthcare provider for more treatment options.

By: Brooke Steiger, NP