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6 Simple Exercises To Make Your Overworked And Tired Eyes Healthy Again

6 Simple Exercises To Make Your Overworked And Tired Eyes Healthy Again

When you’re trying to do your best to focus at work but your eyes won’t let you, this could mean that you might be overworking them.

How our eyes suffer from cycbersickness

No, it’s not about being sick of having technology all around you but it’s actually more serious than that. Cybersickness is about constantly being exposed to a virtual environment to the point that we become nauseous, break into a cold sweat, or become disoriented. Yes, these symptoms are extreme but they do happen and you might be suffering from it.

Today, we live in a world with perpetual “noise”. We just can’t help to watch that captivating “pen-pineapple-apple-pen” video and then click on the next recommended one, and the next one, and the next… This habit of consuming media these days are weakening our eyes, so here are 6 exercises you can engage in to make those overworked eyes healthy again.

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1. Palming Your Eyes

Palming your eyes is a great way to relax the muscles around your eyes to relieve stress. The best time to palm your eyes is when you’ve stared at the computer for longer than 90 minutes. To do this, follow these steps.

    1. Close your eyes.
    2. With both palms, gently press them against your eyes and your fingers on your forehead.
    3. Do this until your eyes are relaxed again.

    2. Sideways View

    Sideways viewing helps you to focus better by exercising those muscles that move your eyeball from side to side. To do this, stretch out both arms in front of you. Stick two thumbs up like you’re giving a two thumbs up to someone in front of you. Make sure there is space in between your arms.

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      1. Firstly, look in front, then at your left thumb.
      2. Next, look in front again, then look at your right thumb.
      3. Repeat this for 10 to 20 times then close your eyes and rest.

      3. Near and Distant

      By now, you should understand that these exercises for the eyes are beneficial as it helps to relax the overworked eyes which are usually strained by our daily work and bad habits that hurt our eyesights. Like yoga, the near and distant viewing exercise helps relax the muscles to prevent disorders such as myopia or long sightedness. Here’s how you can do this.

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        1. Sit near a window with far objects.
        2. Focus on the tip of your nose for about 10 to 15 seconds.
        3. Relax your eyes by looking at the far objects.
        4. Repeat for about 10 – 20 times.
        5. Rest your eyes after the exercise.

        4. Figure 8

        The figure 8 eye exercise might sound dizzying just by the thought of it, but it’s actually a great exercise when done slowly.

          1. Simply imagine a big Figure 8 in front of you.
          2. Now, place that figure 8 on its side and start tracing it with your eyes, slowly.
          3. Go one way for one minute, and then the other way for another minute.

          5. Blinking

          Most computer users blink lesser than recommended when they’re too focused on the job. In fact, by blinking, it keeps your eyes fresh with a short period of darkness and to give yourself that tiny boost of energy. Blinking helps you to refocus on the job and increases your concentration making you more productive. So, do make the conscious effort to blink when you’re concentrating on a serious task, it might do you better than you can imagine.

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          6. Zooming

          Finally, there is no exercise better than the zooming exercise because it requires for your eyes to adjust its focal length which we hardly do when we’re in the office.

            1. The simple exercise can be done with an outstretched hand with your thumb up.
            2. While focusing on the outstretched thumb, bring the thumb closer to your eye, slowly until it is about 4 inches from your face.
            3. Now bring it back out slowly.
            4. Do this for a few minutes a day.

            However, it is needless to say that by reducing your use of computers you will achieve better eyesight, as for instance, refraining from using your iPad when you’re supposed to rest on your off day. So, remember, by changing your lifestyle by a little, you can improve your health drastically.

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            Last Updated on December 2, 2018

            How to Flow Your Way to a More Productive Life

            How to Flow Your Way to a More Productive Life

            Ebb and flow. Contraction and expansion. Highs and lows. It’s all about the cycles of life.

            The entire course of our life follows this up and down pattern of more and then less. Our days flow this way, each following a pattern of more energy, then less energy, more creativity and periods of greater focus bookended by moments of low energy when we cringe at the thought of one more meeting, one more call, one more sentence.

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            The key is in understanding how to use the cycles of ebb and flow to our advantage. The ability to harness these fluctuations, understand how they affect our productivity and mood and then apply that knowledge as a tool to improve our lives is a valuable strategy that few individuals or corporations have mastered.

            Here are a few simple steps to start using this strategy today:

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            Review Your Past Flow

            Take just a few minutes to look back at how your days and weeks have been unfolding. What time of the day are you the most focused? Do you prefer to be more social at certain times of the day? Do you have difficulty concentrating after lunch or are you energized? Are there days when you can’t seem to sit still at your desk and others when you could work on the same project for hours?

            Do you see a pattern starting to emerge? Eventually you will discover a sort of map or schedule that charts your individual productivity levels during a given day or week.  That’s the first step. You’ll use this information to plan your days going forward.

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            Schedule According to Your Flow Pattern

            Look at the types of things you do each day…each week. What can you move around so that it’s a better fit for you? Can you suggest to your team that you schedule meetings for late morning if you can’t stand to be social first thing? Can you schedule detailed project work or highly creative tasks, like writing or designing when you are best able to focus? How about making sales calls or client meetings on days when you are the most social and leaving billing or reports until another time when you are able to close your door and do repetitive tasks.

            Keep in mind that everyone is different and some things are out of our control. Do what you can. You might be surprised at just how flexible clients and managers can be when they understand that improving your productivity will result in better outcomes for them.

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            Account for Big Picture Fluctuations

            Look at the bigger picture. Consider what happens during different months or times during the year. Think about what is going on in the other parts of your life. When is the best time for you to take on a new project, role or responsibility? Take into account other commitments that zap your energy. Do you have a sick parent, a spouse who travels all the time or young children who demand all of your available time and energy?

            We all know people who ignore all of this advice and yet seem to prosper and achieve wonderful success anyway, but they are usually the exception, not the rule. For most of us, this habitual tendency to force our bodies and our brains into patterns of working that undermine our productivity result in achieving less than desired results and adding more stress to our already overburdened lives.

            Why not follow the ebb and flow of your life instead of fighting against it?

              Featured photo credit: Nathan Dumlao via unsplash.com

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