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10 Easy Ways To Protect Your Eyes From The Harms of Digital Devices

10 Easy Ways To Protect Your Eyes From The Harms of Digital Devices

Most people, myself included, spend a considerable amount of time in front of digital devices like laptops, tablets, and smartphones without protective glasses. Unfortunately, they are simply unaware of the harmful effects that these digital devices have on the eyes. Those who are aware don’t seem know that there are easy ways to protect their eyes. If you want to protect your eyes, below are some easy tips that you can incorporate into your daily routine without throwing away your digital devices.

1. Exercise your eyes

If you keep your eyes glued to a digital device without blinking or flexing them a bit, they will get accustomed to that device distance. You will experience problems when trying to focus on anything farther or closer to the device. You should try to move your eyes around more, changing their position or flexing them every 20 minutes or less.

2. Sit a few inches away from your digital device

Optometrists recommend that you sit at least an arm’s length away from your digital screen. If you are working on a desktop computer, you will need to position it properly to reach the base of your fingers when your arm is extended fully.

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3. Expose your eyes to the daylight

Go out for a nature walk after you have spent some time in front of a screen. Daylight will help to adjust your natural circadian rhythms and reconnect your eyes with nature, thus improving your mood and sleep.

4. Adjust your screen lighting

Your screen lights should be adjusted in relation to your environment. If you are in a brightly lit room, you will need to increase your screen’s brightness setting. If you are working in a dim room, you will need to decrease your screen’s light settings.

5. Reduce glare from your device screen

There are several ways you can do this, such as keeping the screen clean, sitting away from open windows, using lower voltage bulbs, or blocking the incoming rays or flashes.

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6. Ask your doctor to recommend specialized glasses

Your doctor may recommend you use specialized glasses to reduce glare and eyestrain from your digital device. These glasses will help protect your eyes from harmful glare whenever you use them. Keep in mind that reading glasses don’t protect your eyes from this glare.

7. Protect your eyes with your diet

A good diet prevents the eyes from getting sick or treats eyes that have been affected by the harmful effects of digital devices. Foods that contain plenty of vitamin C, vitamin A, Zinc, and omega-3 fatty acids improve eye vision and the performance of the nerves.

8. Position your screen 5 inches below your eye level

This will ensures that a greater percentage of your eyeballs are protected by your eyelids, since your eyes are opened at a smaller angle.

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9. Take regular breaks

Eye experts recommend that for every two hours that you are glued to a digital device, you should take a break for 15 to 20 minutes. During the breaks, you should allow your eyes to blink, rest, and re-lubricate. Taking regular breaks will protect not only your eyes but also your general health.

10. Limit your digital device use

In fact, limiting the time you are seated in front of a digital device and using protective glasses are the two most effective ways of minimizing the harmful effects of your digital screens. If you are unable to reduce use, at least cut back before bedtime.

Never let an eye problem be a hindrance to your work or fun if you are a regular user of digital devices. By following the above tips, you will help protect your eyes from the problems brought about by digital devices.

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Featured photo credit: eyes/Ahmed Sinan via flic.kr

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Last Updated on March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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