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Real Struggles Only People Who Wear Contact Lenses Can Understand

Real Struggles Only People Who Wear Contact Lenses Can Understand

Contact lenses. They are so small and so complex! Since Da Vinci first came up with the idea of putting something on the eyes in the 1500s, we’ve been pretty addicted to these small items, but not necessarily for the right reasons. Contacts are supposed to improve your vision, but they quickly became fashion accessories and even nightmare material – think Maisie Williams!

It’s clear we have an addiction to contact lenses, a sort of can’t live with, can’t live without case. People who wear glasses to improve their vision crave a pair of discreet lenses, but when they have it, they enter a new range of problems. The sky is not the limit with contact lenses, even if the giants of technology trick us into believing it is. Contacts have made a long journey from simple glass to permeable substances and built-in cameras, but they still come with a lot of issues. Let’s call them struggles, for the sake of this article, dedicated to all the contact-wearers who wouldn’t change their little lenses for the trendiest pair of glasses. Ever!

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When you lose one lense you feel the end is near

All people who wear contact lenses know the struggle to find a perfect fit pair, as well as the cost of that perfect fit. This is why they feel the end of everything is near when one of their lenses become lost. Losing a contact is one of the worst things that can happen to you, especially when it happens outside your house. Depending on your ailment, the road back home can become an ordeal, as you only have to rely on one eye for walking straight on the street or driving. Then there is the money issue: a good pair of contacts is expensive. Unless you want to become blind you do need to invest in your lenses, which makes losing them a nightmare. It’s enough to lose one, to make the other one useless.

You can’t go with the flow and have a sleepover

Contact lenses might be great when you want to try on the mesmerizing smokey eye makeup, but after the mesmerizing phase is gone and you are asked to spend the night at someone’s house, you start panicking. Contact-wearers will recognize the struggle of having to pick between  sleeping with the lenses on and carrying their contact cleaning supplies with them 24/7. Or the third option, which is rejecting the sleepover. The reality is all people who wear contact lenses have to make sure they have an extra pair with them, as well as all the gear needed to clean them and store them for the night. The alternative to this is gruesome, as sleeping with your lenses on can lead to blindness, so it’s not something to play with.

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Another thing you can’t do when you are wearing your lenses is swim, so plan your pool parties carefully.

Your eyes are in tears more often than you wish

Contacts make your eyes more prone to dryness and can increase the sensitivity, which means your eyes will be in tears on windy days. Of course, wind is not the only thing that can reduce you to tears, but it’s one of the most common problems. Thanks to Murphy, your eyes will start crying at the most inopportune moments. Like in the middle of a very important business meeting.

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You can’t watch TV before sleep without glasses

Many people believe contact-wearers don’t need glasses, but the reality is we need them more than you think. For example, after the lenses come off and go to their case, you can’t see clear, so watching TV before sleep is impossible without glasses. Similar situations abound in the life of a person who relies on contact lenses.

When you can’t wear them, you will miss them

One of the struggles people who don’t wear contacts will never understand is how much you miss your little friends when you can’t wear them. Behind a pair of glasses, which are sure to sparkle interest among every person you are going to meet, you will be complaining how hard it is to be forced to wear these trendy accessories. Then, when you get your lenses back, you will be complaining about all the above, but if someone tries to persuade you to switch to glasses, you will be appalled.

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On the bright side, you rock Halloween

People who wear contact lenses almost always rock Halloween parties, because they know exactly how to get the best cosplay, using sclera contacts. There is nothing more frightful than black scleras, which completely cover your eyes, making you look more like Wes Borland of Limp Bizkit. But there is also a downside of sclera contact lenses: you have to forgo driving and other activities which require a sharp vision, as they cause a tunnel-like vision.

You often feel like Cinderella

Remember how Cinderella had to be back home by midnight? Contact-wearers remember it very well because we know exactly just how long we can wear the lenses before our eyes start itching and become infected.

The struggle of taking out your lenses

This one is specific to people who wear colored lenses, which look fantastic and give you the most amazing eye colors, but have to come out. There are multiple types of colored lenses – visibility lenses, which only have a slight coloration to help you maneuver them easier; enhancement lenses, which enhance your natural eye color, and opaque lenses which completely hide your eye color and replace it with the color of the lenses – so depending on which one you wear, your friends/partner might have a shock when the lenses come off. But falling in love with a green-eyed beauty who is a brown-eyed beauty is one of the modern struggles, right?

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Last Updated on January 17, 2019

8 Simple Mindfulness Exercises to Bring Peace and Happiness to Your Life

8 Simple Mindfulness Exercises to Bring Peace and Happiness to Your Life

In life, we all need to be conscientious of what we are doing. You don’t need to live a life of stress if you don’t want to. You can achieve peace and happiness in life by carefully building mindfulness exercises into your life’s routine.

Exercising mindfulness isn’t rocket science and as importantly, you can do it. It will, however, take a few tries to get into the groove of things but once you get it, it is like riding a bike, you will never lose it.

Trust me. It’s in your best interest to learn and put these mindfulness exercises into practice. In this article, I will share with you 8 mindfulness exercises that will help you to boost your energy, vitality and live a more peaceful and happier life.

Why Is It Hard to Live A Peaceful And Happy Life?

Our Habitat Has Become Too Technological

The world has accepted the idea that technology is often the cure for all evil. We have accepted, as a society, that everything technological will make us live a better life without fully investigating the many side effects that modernity brings.

There are a number of technological side effects that have a tremendous impact on your life that the media rarely tells you about.[1] Some of them include self-harm, economic inequality, having less sex, and even suicide. The global community is becoming less happy because of technology.

How can anybody live a peaceful and happy life when they are depressed? Technology advancements, ladies and gents, is a major reason for why we are living a poor life because it has infiltrated our lives too much.

According to my research, Americans spend an average of 8 hours a day looking at the computer screen — The average screen time spent on smartphones alone is about 20 hours per week. That’s a lot! No wonder why living a happy and peaceful life is so difficult these days.

Too Many People Don’t Want to Unplug

Americans check their phones an average of 80 times during vacation.[2] Some admit to checking their smartphones 300 times every single day. In countries like Brazil, India and China, the situation is no different.

The reality is that people are constantly plugged into technological devices and this behavior is literally making people all over the globe fight an inner war with themselves, which consequently makes them very sad. As we know, war is the enemy of peace which won’t make anybody happy.

Listen carefully:

We have a global anxiety epidemic because people don’t want to unplug from their smartphones and most people aren’t doing anything to fix it. It is a sad state of affairs but very real. This obsession with technology is turning us into perishable robots who live terrible lives.

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The era of anxiety is here to stay. There is little doubt about it. We can, however, fight back with the best remedy of all — We call it mindfulness!

Thank God there is an antidote to this whole technological madness. Without further ado, let’s go straight to the mindful exercises.

8 Mindfulness Exercises to Start Practicing

There are tons of mindfulness exercises available for you to engage with out there.[3] In the paragraphs below, I will include the best ones I’ve personally tried or have seen my close friends and family members try.

Are you ready for it? Let’s go!

1. Pray Daily

You should pray on a daily basis. Why is that you may ask — Well, because science has told us to do so.

When people pray, they feel peaceful, almost eliminating anxiety. Worries become secondary, and often gives people energy and hope to cope with the difficulties of life.

Prayer can make you more confident and focused. Prayer also helps you with self-control, helps to control pain, and can protect you against illnesses and disorders like cancer and high blood pressure. At least, this is what researchers from Harvard Medical School have said.[4]

Pray. You won’t regret it.[5]

2. Pay Attention to Your Inner Thoughts

A lot of people allow themselves to be influenced by their negative thoughts. Be different and resist believing in them. It is a bad habit that can lead to unhappiness.

By the way, if you do feel this way, chances are high that somebody other than you put these thoughts into your head.

Here is my secret to combat this cancer — look at things objectively. I bet that if you look at things as they are, you will realize that most if not all of your negative thoughts are only inside of your head.

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If you pay close attention, you will quickly realize that these voices aren’t worth your time. Believe me — Ignoring them and looking at things with objectivity is often the best course of action.

This article can guide you to beat negative thoughts:

How to Stop Automatic Negative Thoughts When You’re Overwhelmed

3. Smile Often

Smiling will slow down your heart. It will also relax your body because when you smile, your body releases endorphins which in itself has a number of positive benefits for you as a person.

Smile often! You may want to smile early in the morning, during the day, and late in the evening. It is amazing what happens to you when you decide to smile instead of being grumpy.

Surrender your problems to a nice smile. You will notice two things. First, most people just don’t which makes them live a miserable life. Second, if you decide to smile often, you will eventually smile unconsciously which is the ideal.

The moment that you smile unconsciously, you then know that you are truly happy.

4. Organize Your Working Desk

A messy desk will make you less productive and can agitate and overstimulate you. You don’t want that.

When you clear your desk, you engage in deep inner-thinking and your systematic decision making ends up becoming therapeutic.

Most people realize that they are most creative when their creative space is clean and organized. The former often makes people more aware of what they are doing which lends to less stress and more productivity.

Organizing your desk will also make you more energetic and focused because order often decreases chaos which is a condition that often slows down daily progress.

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5. Celebrate Your Friend’s Victories

I love this mindful exercise. One of the best ways to live a happy and peaceful life is to celebrate the victories of others. When you do that, you automatically make your friends in a better mood which makes you in a better mood, as well.

Happiness is contagious! We might as well celebrate others as much as we can. If you find out that your peer has won an award, celebrate with him! If your friend is the recipient of a local charity award, celebrate with her!

What is also awesome is that when you celebrate with others, they often celebrate with you in return. This, ladies and gentleman, will make you feel fantastic. You can’t go wrong with this one, period.

6. Listen to Your Spouse/Partner

God put someone in your life for a reason. You might as well listen to him or her.

I listen to my wife everyday. In fact, I often ask the following question to her, “Amanda, what are your thoughts about…” or “What am I missing about…” It is shocking what I hear back from her. Without her having much context and perspective, by the art of observation in my own nonverbal behavior and the behavior of others, she accurately gives me incredible insights which helps me out with living my life to the fullest.

I’m a firm believer that spouses are supposed to engage in interpersonal communication every day. I most definitely do and will continue doing it. You should do the same.

7. Give Yourself a Break from Technology

You can’t be in total equilibrium if your computerized devices control your life. You must get away from technology on a daily basis.[6]

How do you do that? This is my formula:

First, take this smartphone control test. It is only ten questions but this test will place you somewhere in the human robot cycle continuum.

If your score is between 25-30, take a break from the computer (or smartphone, pad, laptop/desktop) every twenty minutes and stop being on a computerized device after 8:00pm.

If you score between 30-35, still take a break every 20 minutes but stop being on these devices at 5:00pm.

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If you score more than 35, you need to take action immediately.

Limit computer use as much as possible throughout the day. Give yourself as many breaks from the computer as possible. Are you ready for the challenge?

8. Go Exercise

Go exercise at least three times a week. I don’t care if you need to workout early in the morning, late in the evening, on the weekends or during work days. Working out is absolutely imperative for you to live happy and peaceful life.

The stresses of the modern world are too much for you to neglect this important mindfulness exercise. When you go to the gym, you burn calories, focus on activities one step at a time, your mind relaxes, anxiety decreases, you sweat and often think about topics unrelated to your work place among many other benefits.

You must exercise at least three hours each week for optimum results. Why? Just take a look at all the benefits of regular exercising:

12 Benefits of Regular Exercise You Should Know

The Bottom Line

It’s in your best interest to learn and put these mindfulness exercises into practice. Now that our habitat has become too technological and many people just don’t want to unplug, engaging in daily prayer, celebrate your friends’ victories, and listening to your spouse are among the best ways to be mindful about what you are doing and how you are living.

It is possible to live a happy and peaceful life. It only depends on you.

Go exercise! Take a break from technology and invest in you! Life is too short for distractions.

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