From the moment you open them in the morning to the moment you close them to go to sleep your eyes are in constant use. And let’s be honest in today’s modern world we put way more strain on them than we need to. Thanks social media.
We’re constantly looking at screens. From our phones to our computers to binge watching our favourite shows. Isn’t it about time we gave our eyeballs a break?
Here’s how you can help your eyes out:
- Look away from your screen every 20 minutes
It’s called the 20-20-20 trick. Every 20 minutes focus on something 20 feet away for 20 seconds. This relaxes the focusing muscle of your eye to reduce fatigue.
- Blink more often
We aren’t fish. We have eyelids for a reason. When we’re staring at a screen we tend to blink less often and blinking is how we moisten the eyes to avoid dryness. And we all know how scratchy and irritated dry eyes can be.
- Go dark
The best way to rest your eyes is complete darkness. When there’s no light your eyes don’t have to focus on anything, which allows them to rest. Covering your eyes with an eye mask or sleeping with dark-out blinds is a great way to give your eyes and your body the rest it needs.
Rub your palms together to warm them up and cup over your eyes
This is a great way to consciously give your eyes a break. Your palms should block out all light while resting around the eyes and not on the eyes. This could be accompanied by a meditation to take the relaxation a little deeper.
Put down your phone, step away from the computer, switch off your TV and spend some time out in nature taking in the beauty of your surroundings. Go to a stretch class, relax and unplug. This is great for your eyes and your overall wellbeing.