Physical Health Of Translators
Thread poster: Barbara Cochran, MFA

Barbara Cochran, MFA  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 07:34
Spanish to English
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Jan 31

Has your work as a translator ever adversely affected your physical health? In what way(s)? What did you do to rectify the situation?

 

Mina Chen
United States
Local time: 07:34
Member (2019)
English to Chinese
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eye strain Jan 31

I am in the process of building a clientele and I am not even that busy, but still, my small Chinese eyes get strained easily.
My house has plenty of windows, which helps. In the living room there is a yoga mat that I can pop on anytime. But nothing relaxes the eyes better than going out for a 30 minute walk. I am lucky there is a very nice trail in my neighborhood and the surrounding area.
I am planning on getting a pc/labtop with a bigger screen. And possibly doing more interpretin
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I am in the process of building a clientele and I am not even that busy, but still, my small Chinese eyes get strained easily.
My house has plenty of windows, which helps. In the living room there is a yoga mat that I can pop on anytime. But nothing relaxes the eyes better than going out for a 30 minute walk. I am lucky there is a very nice trail in my neighborhood and the surrounding area.
I am planning on getting a pc/labtop with a bigger screen. And possibly doing more interpreting... Still in the process of exploration and hopefully can come up with a mix that makes some money and not too detrimental to my health.
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Laurent Mercky
France
Local time: 13:34
Member (2019)
Chinese to French
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No Jan 31

Barbara Cochran, MFA wrote:

Has your work as a translator ever adversely affected your physical health? In what way(s)? What did you do to rectify the situation?


No, because I always try to keep good working habits and I never work late at night.


TranslateWithMe
 

TranslateWithMe
Poland
Local time: 13:34
English to Polish
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Yes... Feb 1

Well, as you sit a lot while translating, you need to take care of good sitting equipment, a proper swivel chair with ergonomic back support and comfortable seat and probably buying a special cushion to prevent haemorrhoids is a good idea too.

After a long translation session, I have some pains in my fingers, but that's gone after a few hours.

K.


 

Jan Truper  Identity Verified
Germany
Local time: 13:34
English to German
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Yes Feb 1

Barbara Cochran, MFA wrote:

Has your work as a translator ever adversely affected your physical health? In what way(s)? What did you do to rectify the situation?


Yes, I've suffered from various ailments caused by my work as a translator.

A) Eye strain

To rectify this, I am wearing glasses cut specifically for a distance of 80-90 cm (that's how far my computer screens are away from my eyes in a normal sitting position at my desk).
I also work in a dark room, and I set my computer to dark mode, i. e., my windows show light text on dark background. In memoQ, for example, I choose a white background with pink text, then I invert the colors of my computer, so I end up with green text on black background. I wish memoQ would offer an integrated solution to achieve this...

B) Carpal tunnel syndrome / wrist/shoulder/neck pain

As these are caused mostly by mouse use and the constant going back and forth between mouse and keyboard, I am working with 2 ergonomic mice -- one on each side of my keyboard. It took a while to get proficient with my weaker hand, but now I am ambidextrous, as far as mouse use is concerned.
Both mice have a bunch of programmable buttons, so I don't have to move my hands to the keyboard to hit shortcuts.
I am also using an ergonomic, split, tilted keyboard.

C) Back pain

I have an ergonomic chair, a motorized stand-up desk and a large rubber exercise ball. I try to switch regularly between these three options (but I often forget to do this when I'm in "the translation zone").


I also do about three power naps a day, drink a lot of tea, take walks and do a lot of sports.

[Edited at 2020-02-01 09:00 GMT]


 

DZiW
Ukraine
English to Russian
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Somebody homebody Feb 1

1) irregular junk/unhealthy food and stress eat;
2) too much soft/alcohol drinks and very cold or hot tea/coffee may cause dehydration;
(I must confess I still do drink cocoa)
3) lack of physical activity decreases lymph flow and affects vitality;
4) stale air is but a Petri dish;
[. . .]not to mention deteriorated household, social, and business skills.

Usually I eat twice a day--a varied diet of some 1/3 of raw/unprocessed/green food with a 7-1
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1) irregular junk/unhealthy food and stress eat;
2) too much soft/alcohol drinks and very cold or hot tea/coffee may cause dehydration;
(I must confess I still do drink cocoa)
3) lack of physical activity decreases lymph flow and affects vitality;
4) stale air is but a Petri dish;
[. . .]not to mention deteriorated household, social, and business skills.

Usually I eat twice a day--a varied diet of some 1/3 of raw/unprocessed/green food with a 7-10 hour gap between the meals, prefer warm clean (and occasionally mineral) water, make frequent short breaks/alternate activities and daily walk at least six miles (10km), run my bike, play basketball and swim often too. Picnics, fishing, hunting, camping... Why, nothing wrong with a midday little sleep or fast day either.


No pills, special glasses, comfortable armchairs, huge high-quality anti-glare no-PWM 100Hz+ displays, E-ink for big papers, mics, or best ergonomic anti-RSI keyboards could replace healthy habits and exercises.

[Edited at 2020-02-01 10:40 GMT]
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Giovanni Guarnieri MITI, MIL  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
Local time: 12:34
Member (2004)
English to Italian
Hunting... Feb 1

DZiW wrote:

Picnics, fishing, hunting, camping...


what are you hunting?


Rachel Fell
 

Vanda Nissen  Identity Verified
Australia
Local time: 21:34
Member (2008)
English to Russian
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Yes, lower back pain Feb 1

It is my fault because I love working in my recliner:). I go to the pilates classes run by my physio and I do yoga once or twice a week. I am not a big fan of physical activities:).

 


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