What’s The Best Mousepad With A Wrist Rest?

If you’re anything like me you’ve developed some bad habits in your time.

In my case, it’s about ergonomics and especially when it comes to how I use my mouse.

I have a really bad habit of leaning on the heel of my right palm – flattening it out.

Which obviously caused a lot of pain.

So I spent a few years trying to find the best mousepad with a wrist rest of some kind.

I’ve lost count of the number of them I’ve tried and binned.

But I finally found one that ticks all the boxes for me – the Fellowes Crystal mousepad  – the one with the  gel wrist rest.

Now let me explain why.

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Support

This should go without saying but an ergonomic mousepad should provide consistent wrist support.

Now, the thing is, many of them do…but not for hours on end.

What I found with all the other mousepads I’ve owned is that the wrist support part basically collapses as the day goes on.

So, without realizing it, your wrist is buried in a kind of hollow in the pad.

Then you have to pick it up, shake it out, and kind “fluff” up the gel or foam again to achieve some level of comfort for your hand.

That’s not the case with the Fellowes Crystal – it never deforms and is flexible enough for me to use it for an entire day without suffering any kind of discomfort.

Which is a first in the 40-odd years I’ve used computers.

Tracking

As important as personal comfort is to me, I also don’t want my mouse jumping around on the screen because of the surface it’s resting on.

So I need my mousemat to be made of something compatible with actually getting some work done.

I’ve never been a fan of gaming mousepads – they’re very accurate but I found them uncomfortable for day-to-day work.

The same goes for fabric mousepads because they tend to feel quite sluggish at times, so you’re left tweaking your mouse speed.

With the Fellowes Crystal you get a textured plastic surface which gives you the best of both worlds – an accurate surface that’s also not going to fade or get stained.

It also looks pretty cool too – I use the black version of this product and it does look very slick.

And it’s proven itself to be extremely accurate even with any optical mouse I use on it.

Stability

Every other mousepad I’ve owned featured a textured grip on the underside of it.

It was enough to keep it in position as long as you weren’t having a busy day.

But inevitably I’d wind up having to pull it back towards, adjusting everything back to how I like it.

The Fellowes Crystal has a kind of gel coasting on the underside too – it basically sticks to whatever surface you have it on.

And even if it does pick up any dirt or grime, it’s super-easy to clean.

So, this is another feature I love.

Durability

This was one of the biggest problems with every other gel mousepad I’ve used – the quality of the gel.

For example, I was given a TeckNet ergonomic mousepad as a Christmas gift.

The gel pad had gone completely flat after no more than 6 month.

And there was no way to revive it.

It actually started to flatten out after just a few weeks of use but I just put up with it.

The Fellowes Crystal has no such issue – the gel self-adjusts the split second you take your hand away from it.

So it basically feels like you’re using a brand new mousepad every single day.

And that makes it a real pleasure to use.

Easy To Clean

I have a really bad habit (yet another bad habit) of eating snacks and drinking coffee while I’m at my home office desk.

And I’m sure I’m not alone here, right?

But this does mean that my mousepad will inevitably get something spilled on it, and a pretty decent coating of crumbs from chocolate biscuits, etc.

After a few months your prized mouse starts to look like it’s been backpacking around the world, sleeping in the cheapest hostels it could find.

And that means it winds up in your recycling waste.

My Fellowes mousepad, on the other hand, is wipe clean.

Literally give it a wipe of a damp cloth and it looks brand new – and that’s no matter what kind of crud I’ve managed to wipe into it.

Everything from jam to pasta.

Told you I have some bad habits…

Anything I Don’t Like?

As of right now the Fellowes Crystal is everything I want in a mousepad with wrist support.

It’s far superior to similar products that cost half as much, but have thousands of 5-star reviews.

You really do need to watch out for ultra-cheap products with thousands of glowing reviews – most of them are paid for.

Anyways, I’ll update this blog post if my opinion of the Fellowes Crystal changes.

Or I find something even better!

Summing it up

I’ve been a victim of false economics at times over the years.

Like buying a $5 mousepad because the one for $12 or $15 just seemed like too much to spend on something so trivial.

Even though I’d then go through 2 or 3 of the cheaper items in the span of a year or so.

In Ireland we call that being penny wise and pound foolish.

You really do get what you pay for with this stuff, so the extra money spent on a Fellowes mousemat is more than worth it.

 

 

How To Get Rid Of The Coffee Jitters

the coffee jitters

I get irritable without my morning cup of coffee.

If you’re like me…you become unbearable.

But when you work from home/for yourself, grabbing your morning cuppa Joe is just part of your daily routine.

And you’re drinking coffee from your favourite mug.

The downside is when I chug too many cups of coffee in too few hours.

That ruins my day because I can’t focus on anything, I can’t type because my hands are shaking worse than a politician trying to tell the truth, and my heart feels like it’s trying to escape from my chest.

I’ve lost entire days to the jitters.

But I’ve learned from my mistakes.

So let’s take a look at how to counteract caffeine when you overdo things.

Why does coffee make me shaky?

Because caffeine is a stimulant.

A really delicious one.

In fact, if coffee tasted like shit we wouldn’t be having this conversation, now would we?

But at a chemical level it also does this thing called binding to your nerve receptors preventing this other chemical called adenosine from keeping you calm.

All of this screws up your adrenaline levels.

So your body is basically in fight-or-flight mode, which is why you not only start shaking but can also feel pretty high levels of anxiety at the same time.

What are the symptoms?

These vary from person to person, but what you can typically expect to feel when you drink more than a healthy amount of coffee includes:

  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Sweating
  • Restlessness
  • Anxiety
  • Sick stomach
  • Headache
  • Increase blood pressure
  • Feeling dizzy

Somebody else actually listed insomnia as a symptom!

Yes, you’ll have difficulty sleeping or resting when you blood type is “Dark Roast”.

Now, let’s take a look at how you can take the edge the effects of caffeine.

The dreaded jitters.

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Getting Rid of the Coffee Jitters

So now let’s look at how to get caffeine out of your system…after yet another uncontrolled, and instantly regretted, coffee binge?

Drink decaf

Well yes, you could. And decaffeinated coffee isn’t terrible…but it’s like non-alcoholic beer – you only ever really drink it by accident.

On a serious note, if you simply can’t control your coffee consumption, then maybe switching to decaff is an option.

Give it time

If you wait long enough the caffeine will eventually flush itself from your system.

How long do you need to wait for that nervous energy to go away?

It can take anywhere up to 6 hours before you start feeling normal again.

Plus, sitting around when you’re on a caffeine high isn’t always easy because your mind and heart are racing.

Exercise

Now, here’s an interesting idea – go for a run, do push-ups and squats, lift some weights, or work out on a bag.

Why?

Because, allegedly, doing that helps your body to metabolize the caffeine way quicker.

This makes sense when you think about it because most pre-workout drinks contain lots of caffeine.

And one of the “effects” of caffeine is a ton of short-term energy.

Obviously, please monitor your heart rate because if it’s already elevated you don’t want to push that into a dangerous area.

Eat Something

You know when you’re having a crazy busy day, so you’re 3 coffees in before you even eat lunch?

And then you forget to eat lunch.

By 2pm you have 2 litres of raw coffee swishing around in your gut, but no food.

That’s a really quick way to get coffee jitters.

So the simple solution here is to eat something nutritious, ideally containing a reasonable amount of healthy carbs.

Drink Water

This is my personal favorite tip, and besides exercise, the only way I’ve found that actually helps me.

Drink water.

Here’s why drinking water is a great way to deal with the coffee shakes.

Firstly, coffee acts as a diuretic, so you’ll pee a lot.

And when you pee enough you’ll become dehydrated.

Then when you combine the effects of dehydration with a large dose of caffeine you get an incredibly unsettling feeling in your entire body.

Plus nausea and a headache thrown in for good measure.

Any time I’ve gone overboard with coffee consumption, sipping 2 liters of water over the space of about 30 minutes has worked for me.

It’s not a cure for the jitters but drinking water really, really helps take the edge off.

L-Theanine

Now, here we’re going to get into a supplement you can take to specifically help with the side effects of drinking tons of coffee.

It basically allows you to keep the mental clarity of a coffee buzz, but without feeling like you’re coming undone at the seams.

So, kinda like the movie Limitless…but without the Russian gangsters and awful side effects.

This amino acid is readily available over the counter from your local pharmacist, or from any health store.

It’s that safe.

Or, you could simply buy some coffee that’s already had L-Theanine added to it.

Kimera Coffee is what you’re looking for in that case.

What Probably Won’t Help

There’s lots of advice on how to get rid of the coffee jitters doing the rounds.

Here’s a few that I’m not really convinced by.

Actually, one of them is hilarious.

Herbal tea

Some people suggest drinking a herbal tea to help with the jitters.

But tea contains caffeine too, so that’s like throwing gasoline on a smouldering fire to douse the flames.

I’m not dissing herbal teas here, but I’m pretty sure any relief you’ll feel from drinking a cup of chamomile tea is similar to a placebo.

And that goes double if it’s decaffeinated tea.

Take a nap

I’m not sure who came up with this one, but it’s funny as hell.

Have you ever tried to take a nap while wired on caffeine?

It’s literally impossible.

You can hear grass growing outside your house, for God’s sake.

Vitamin C

The theory here is that Vitamin C, like eating an orange, can help reduce the impact of the caffeine jitters, but there doesn’t seem to be any real evidence why it would work.

Plus, oranges are acidic so you’d be pouring more acid into the pool of acidic coffee in your stomach.

Can Vitamin C help with the caffeine jitters?

I haven’t tried this so can’t vouch for it.

Don’t drink as much coffee

That’s quitters talk right there. Pfffft, what else am I meant to do with my life?

But moderation is sensible, to be fair.

The End

So there you have it – an in-depth look at how to get rid of the coffee jitters.

Which is probably quite a relief for the coffee fans reading this.

Drinking coffee is one of my favourite things to do while I’m working, or even just when I’m chilling out reading a book.

But it’s all too easy to have that cup too many.

At least now you have several ways of dealing with the jitters if they do sneak up on you.

Coffee Jitters FAQ

How long do coffee jitters last?

The coffee jitters last anywhere up to about 6 hours depending on how many cups of delicious coffee you’ve consumed.

Is drinking too much caffeine harmful?

Yes, drinking too much caffeine over the long-term can lead to a variety of health problems.

But I’ll tell you what a doctor told a close friend when he complained about suffering from insomnia.

After questioning him the doctor found out my friend was drinking 12 cups of coffee per day.

Every single day.

The doctor put it to him bluntly, “Cut back or you’re going to have a heart attack.”

How much coffee is too much?

How much coffee you can drink without getting jittery will be down to the strength of the coffee, your body mass, your current hydration level, and your general health.

But if you drink 6 double espressos in 4 hours, you’re going to feel the effects of that.

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