You are no doubt reading these words from a screen of some kind. Whether scrolling through your Google feed or taking a lunch break on your laptop, screen time has proliferated—and with it, associated health, safety, and security risks. Prevent eye strain, premature aging, and daily wear and tear on your joints, muscles, and spine, with the following products, designed to (really) make your life easier. Some of our top picks also boost personal security and add to your overall health and wellbeing. So save yourself from pain and strain and read on!
Prospek’s Professional Eye Savers
By now, you’ve doubtless heard of the health hazards of “blue light.” Emitted by screens and artificial light sources, blue-spectrum light interferes with the brain’s ability to produce melatonin, leading to interrupted sleep. It can also cause eye degeneration, accelerated aging, and more. Block out blue light with Prospek’s Professional Blue Light Blocking Glasses. Sleek and professional-looking, these unisex glasses also provide lasting relief from eye strain. Available on Amazon .
Warby Parker Blue Light Glasses
Another option for computer glasses are made by eyewear innovator Warby Parker. Their higher price-point than the ready-made option from Prospek’s, is more than made up for with in customization options. Choose your favorite frames and add blue light-filtering capabilities to the lenses. Warby Parker also lets you pick five frames to test for five days—shipped free of charge. Choose the one you like, and send the rest back. How’s that for service on demand? Available from Warby Parker .
Eyebloc Webcam Covers
There are countless ways your private devices can be hacked. Most computers are now equipped with built-in cameras, making them a perfect target for malicious software and hackers bent on invading your privacy and even spying on you through the camera. Enter the Eyebloc Webcam Cover. This simple, easy-to-use device places a physical barrier over your webcam when it’s not in use, preventing privacy breaches and worrisome surveillance. Available on Amazon .
Akamai Privacy Screens
Cut down on both blue light and security risks with Akamai Privacy Screens. Available in a range of sizes to fit almost any laptop screen, these sleek filters cut down on blue light emissions. They also prevent unscrupulous strangers from glancing at your screen when you’re out in public. Easy to install and easy to remove, Akamai screens won’t damage your laptop, but they will boost your defenses. Available on Amazon .
Copper Compression Gloves
This is one product you’ll want to get sooner rather than later. Repetitive stress injuries from typing and clicking can cause and exacerbate conditions like arthritis, carpal tunnel syndrome, and tendonitis. What sets these gloves apart is their unique nylon fabric, which is infused with high-quality copper. Copper has antimicrobial properties, and also provides the right stiffness to alleviate joint pain and keep your hands and wrists well supported, all day long. Available on Amazon .
Mindful Design Gel Armrests
We know that too much sitting is a health risk. But too much sitting in an uncomfortable chair? That’s just torture. Reduce discomfort and stress levels during Zoom calls and long days at the computer with Mindful Design’s Gel Armrests. This set of two removable pads is made of gel-infused memory foam, which sculpts to your arm and provides a firm, yet cushioned support for weary arms. Available on Amazon .
Universal Posture Corrector
It’s hard not to slump when banging out assignments, day after day. Even with the best desk and chair, your posture can suffer when perched in front of the computer. Protect your spine and save yourself from curvature in the long run with Truweo’s universal, unisex posture corrector. Wear it over or under clothes, while you're sitting, standing, or running errands. It’s an affordable, comfortable way to give your spine some love—and prevent lasting damage. Available on Amazon.
Upright GO 2 Posture Trainer
If wearing a brace really isn’t your thing, try the Upright GO 2 on for size. This unassuming little patch attaches to your back and vibrates whenever you slouch. You can track your progress via the brand’s app, which assures long-term results and healthful habits in just two weeks. Over time, your posture will begin to auto-correct, leading to greater poise and safer sitting habits, wherever you are. Available on Amazon .
Berlman Ergonomic Chair
Invest in a chair that won’t let you down. Whether working from home or at the office, the Berlman Ergonomic Chair combines all the features we prize in top products: durability, adjustability, easy set-up and operation, and breathable support. Its 250 pound capacity and curved backrest makes this black mesh chair practical for many body types. The seat is high-density sponge, with padded armrests and headrest. Well-made, it also looks good. Available on Amazon.
Fezibo Electric Desk
Sitting too much is a deadly habit, and increasing your risk of heart disease, hypertension, and more. Alleviate some of those risks with the Fezibo Electric Desk. Adjustable to any height between 28.36 to 46.06 inches, you can stand while you work for several hours. When it’s time for lunch, simply lower the desk for some relaxation time. Available on Amazon .
All aspects of life look different in 2020—and that includes Black Friday shopping. Major retailers are already offering seasonal deals and promotions in their online stores, so you can stock up on gifts for friends, family, and maybe even yourself.