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Social media digest: #WeekendWellbeing 1 – tips for your wellbeing


Animal livestreams

Setting up your workstation

Storytelling with collage


Animal livestreams

Our Library mascot Owly has discovered livestreams and is making remote friends with some burrowing owls in San Diego. If you, too, want some wildlife on your screen to brighten up your day, check out one of the many live cams on offer from San Diego Zoo:


Setting up your workstation

For those who are working from home, whether you have a dedicated space, your own desk or you’re making do with the kitchen table, we’ve collected some tips for setting up your workstation – taken from the NHS website and the Consumer Reports website:

1. Move. It doesn’t matter how you sit, whether you stand or what setup you have: what matters is moving every 20 minutes. You should change between positions, have a stretch, look out the window or go for a walk.

2. Everything at 90 degrees: your elbows with your arms at your sides, legs bent, and your wrists resting neutrally on the desk or table. Your head should be straight and your shoulders relaxed. Think of everything being parallel.

3. Your eyes should be level with the top of the screen, which should be an arm’s length away. Prevent glare from windows. This will reduce eye strain, headaches and neck pain. If you’re using a laptop, use a stand or box to securely raise it.

4. There’s no need for a special chair, as long as it’s comfortable, but not so comfortable you don’t want to get out of it! You will need a supportive back to the chair and you need to rest your feet on something.

5. When making a phone or audio call, use a headset or earbuds, or put your phone on speaker rather than holding it. Everything you need should be within reach.


Storytelling with collage

This #WeekendWellbeing idea is from the MMLL Library book 'Storytelling with Collage' by Roxanne Evans Stout:

"Bring leaves or flowers in from your garden or a nearby park. Lay them on your desk or art table near a current journal page or collage. Take a photograph. Press them and use them in your art later. (I press leaves and flowers in whatever book or journal I have nearby. You don't need a plant press)".

Roxanne can use any books for pressing flowers, but we don't recommend using library books...