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8 Simple Eye Exercises To Keep Your Eyes Healthy

8 Simple Eye Exercises To Keep Your Eyes Healthy

We exercise our arms, legs, abs, and even our behinds, but have you ever thought of exercising your eyes? Any eye doctor will tell you that it is good to keep your eyes healthy, and doing some simple exercises is a great way to improve the health of your eyes. Some exercises will improve vision, others will help people with tired or strained eyes, and still others will correct a lazy eye or blurred vision. Here are some very simple eye exercises that you can do from the comfort of your own home:

1. You Can Keep Your Eyes Healthy By Closing Them

    There’s a bit more to this one, but even if you just made sure you slept an appropriate amount of time each night, your eye health would imporove! However, for this exercise you will also need to use your fingers.

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    1. Close your eyes
    2. Place a couple of fingers over each eyelid
    3. Press lightly for 2 seconds then release (Make sue you don’t press too hard!)
    4. Repeat 5 to 10 times
    5. Allow your eyes to re-adjust to the light once repetitions are finished

    2. Rolling Your Eyes Will Improve Eye Health

      Rolling your eyes is something you do when annoyed, but if done properly, it can help to improve your vision.

      1. Roll your eyes slowly to the left in a circle
      2. Repeat 5 to 10 times
      3. Roll your eyes slowly to the right in a circle
      4. Repeat 5 to 10 times

      3. Look to the Side

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        We look to the right and left all the time, but you may be turning your head more than using your eyes to do this, and your eyes still need this exercise to function better.

        1. Sit or stand still for this exercise
        2. Look as far right as you can (but don’t put too much strain on your eyes)
        3. Hold your gaze for 5 to 10 seconds
        4. Look to the far left
        5. Hold your gaze for 5 to 10 seconds
        6. Look back to the center for a second or 2
        7. Repeat this exercise 10 times

        4. Go Cross-Eyed

          Trying to look cross-eyed can be a bit painful, and is something that is usually done to make people laugh. But when you did it as a prank, you were actually improving your vision!

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          1. Pick an slender object like a pen to focus on
          2. Hold the object at arm’s length, in front of your face
          3. Bring the object towards your nose, slowly while keeping both eyes on it
          4. After it reaches your nose, slowly move it back to arm’s length
          5. Repeat 5 to 10 times

          5. The Surprised Look Will Keep Your Eyes Healthy

            You know that wide-eyed look people have when they are shocked or surprised about something? It turns out that this look is actualy good for eye health.

            1. Squint your eyes as if trying to se something far away
            2. Keep your eyes squinted for 5 seconds
            3. Open your eyes as wide as you can
            4. Keep your eyes open for 5 seconds
            5. Repeat 10 times

            6. Use Your Hands to Heat Your Eyes

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              If you’ve ever been annoyed by constantly seeing those “floaters” that come up when your eyes are strained or tired, you will want to try this exercise:

              1. Rub the bottom part of your palms together to heat up the skin
              2. Press (lightly) your palms over your closed eyes
              3. Hold for 5 seconds
              4. Repeat 5 times

              7. Refocusing Will Relieve Eye Strain

                So many people work on computers now, and it’s no secret that computer screens can really strain the eyes. If you find your eyes getting tired, or the images on your screen going a bit blurry, it is a good time to do this exercise.

                1. Look away from your screen
                2. Pick an object 10 feet away from you and an object 25 to 30 feet away from you (make sure both are somewhat in line with each other)
                3. Facing the objects you’ve chosen, put your thumb in front of your face, at arm’s length and focus on that
                4. Put your thumb down and look at the object that is 10 feet away from you
                5. Now switch to the object that is 25 to 30 feet away
                6. Work backwards from there and look at the object 10 feet away
                7. Put your thumb back in front of your face and focus on it at arm’s length
                8. Repeat this process 5 to 10 times

                8. Close Your Eyes – For Real

                  If your job requires you to stare at a screen for 8 hours, or you haven’t been getting enough sleep, or your eyes are just overworked, sometimes the best “exercise” to improve your eye health is closing them for a few minutes. Even if you are not able to go to sleep, just the act of resting your eyes will help relieve any strain on your eyes.

                  1. Turn off your monitor and turn your chair away from any bright lights
                  2. Lean back in your chair, or put a small pillow under your head for support
                  3. Close your eyes
                  4. Leave eyes closed for 5 to 10 minutes
                  5. Repeat twice per day

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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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