5 Common Health Issues Graphic Designers Should Watch Out For
Being a graphic designer has its own pros and cons, but the most obvious disadvantage is that you won’t be spending too much time outside. If you are working long and irregular hours and spending too much time in front of your computer, it is likely that you are more prone to some health issues than the rest of the population. Here are some of the most common health issues that graphic designers are suffering from and some advice on how to treat them.
Tension headaches affect almost 80% of population and a common cause of this health issue is staying in one and the same position for a while, doing one thing; just like using a computer. Tension headaches can also be caused by stress, eye strain, fatigue, physical inactivity and anxiety. You will notice that this all comes with a typical designer job, and if the headache lasts for more than two weeks, it can become chronic.
Fatigue is a state when you feel weary and tired and that can last from one day to a couple of months. This state can be acute or chronic. As a graphic designer, you work long and irregular working hours and this high-pressure job can make you prone to fatigue, where the leading causes are strenuous mental or physical activity, combined with long working hours.
Symptoms are sleepiness, tiredness, depression, irritability, giddiness and do on. Fatigue can affect your overall work productivity and performance because your skills of communication, planning and decision-making are reduced.
Computer Eye Strain
Graphic designers are incredibly prone to computer eye strain because they spend a lot of their time in front of a monitor, with very few breaks during working hours. Prolonged computer use leads to eye strain, blurred vision, migraines and other health issues. There is even a risk of glaucoma. Symptoms that accompany computer eye strain are dry eyes, slow focus, and headache, doubling or blurred vision. Back, neck and pain in the wrists and shoulders may also occur.
As you already know, stress is one of the greatest enemies for graphic designers. Some learn to cope with it and some don’t. Stress usually comes when some major changes happen at work, in life or at home. Large amounts of stress can be what’s keeping you awake at night and this is what triggers stress-related insomnia.
The symptoms of stress related insomnia are changes in your sleeping pattern, rapid breathing, sweaty palms, headache, fatigue, a stiff neck, or back ache. Because sleep is extremely important, insomnia can affect your productivity and work ethic; you can become more hot-headed, tired, less productive…
Shoulder and neck pain are a result of sitting in the same position while working, and this is why graphic designers are prone to this health issue. This leads to bad posture, pain in the back arms, chest, hips, legs and thighs. Shoulder and neck pain can also increase fatigue and tensed muscles, which can lead to some serious health issues, like spinal joint dysfunction or tissue injury.
As a graphic designer, these are just some of the health issues you should watch out for. Some of them can be corrected, and some can cause more serious health problems, so make sure to take care of yourself and to always take preventive measures like standing up every 20 minutes, making regular brakes, getting enough sleep and perhaps doing some home exercises.