The work of copywriting can often be a monotonous and repetitive task and can often be without thanks or credit. The question arises though, is the job of copywriting one which is riddled with potential headaches? Copywriters often spend extended periods of time sitting at the computer, proof-reading and correcting the mistakes of others, and can often be under extreme duress in order to meet deadlines. This exposes copywriters to a serious risk of accidents at work including headaches and other various ailments.
Is staring at a computer for an extended period of time detrimental to your health?
The simple answer to this is yes. Research published in the British Medical Journal has proven a link between sitting at a computer for extended periods of time and various health problems both psychological and physical. Staring at a computer screen for an extended period of time can cause headaches, migraines and temporary vision problems. Copywriting can also lead to instances of RSI and back and shoulder pain.
I’m a copywriter and my job causes me to have a lot of headaches, is there anything I can do to help prevent this?
As stated, copywriters are often under a lot of stress in order to meet deadlines and targets, and often work in frustrating circumstances. However, it’s important to take regular breaks from your computer screen in order to prevent headaches and migraines. Experts recommend you take at least a 5 minute break for every hour worked at the computer. You may be under a lot of pressure to have articles published, but it’s better to relax and take it slowly rather than being unfit for work after a few hours. Keep well hydrated to avoid the nauseating symptoms of sitting at a computer for an extended period of time. Another important piece of advice is to be comfortable at all times in your workplace. Your employer should actively take steps to install ergonomic furniture suitable for your posture in order to comply with health and safety in the workplace.
Can I claim compensation if my job doesn’t allow me to take regular breaks?
If you are a copywriter and you’ve suffered an injury or recurring headaches within the last 3 years, and you think it may be related to your job, then you may be entitled to claim compensation. Contact Accident Advice Helpline today for more information by calling their freephone helpline on 0800 689 0500.