Life today is full of stress. You may feel like you’re always rushing from work to the commuter train home to the gym and then back to do it all over again.
Since smartphones and other digital devices are the norm now, you may be staring at an LCD screen all day long, leaving your mind, and your eyes, little time to catch a break.
Our overworked eyes are important to every part of our being and proper eye care can positively affect our bodies, minds and emotional well-being.
We should also work to take care of our emotions, bodies and minds as they, in turn, have a powerful effect upon our eyes’ health as well. When we are rushed or stressed it is often reflected in our eyes. They feel strained, tired, or sore.
Let’s go over some ways we can help relieve some of the eye strain and stress our eyes experience as a result of our busy lives. With these seven tips, you’ll be seeing yourself as a more relaxed you in no time!
1. Protect Your Eyes
Rain, snow, sleet and generally cloudy days may tempt you to file away the sunglasses for another day… not quite so fast! Just because it seems less sunny, depending on the season the sun may be at a different angle which can be just as damaging as a sunny day at the beach!
Remember, damaging ultraviolet light and glare are hiding just behind that rain cloud so put your sunglasses back on!
2. Beware Artificial Lighting
These days, we spend an awful lot of time under fluorescent lights and not that much time in natural lighting. Whether we work in a windowless cubicle or a huge restaurant, we probably aren’t getting that much natural light.
If you stop by the mall after work, you’re just adding to the growing problem of too much artificial lighting for your poor eyes to handle. You’re probably coming home exhausted and can barely muster the energy to turn on the TV for more visual stimulation… take a break.
If you can’t find the time for a little out of doors time at least disconnect from all the artificial lighting and visual goings-ons. Try simply closing your eyes and resting several times a day. It’s good for your mind and your eyes!
3. Don’t Get Wiped Out
You may be on the web all day long for both work and entertainment. You may use a computer to check your email and connect with your colleagues throughout the day, only to come home and use the computer to connect with your friends and families at night.
All that web surfing is hard on your eyes and some of the symptoms you’re experiencing as a result can include eyestrain, blurred vision, headaches and neck or shoulder pain. Help combat the result of too much surfing by taking frequent breaks.
Be sure your work area is well-lit and that your computer’s monitor isn’t too close to your eyes and that it’s at tilted slightly away from you, like a book. Adjust your screen settings so that the monitor is set to a comfortable brightness at which to gaze all day long!
Computer generated eye strain has become so common that they even have a name for it.
4. Blink it Out
When we use computers, it’s a fact that we blink less. Not blinking enough leads to eyestrain – something that can be easily combated by remembering to blink. Blinking often helps to keep your eyes lubricated so that they don’t get that tired, scratchy feeling.
Take a mini-break when you’re working and blink – blink 10 times as fast as you can. End your mini break with a brief but relaxing massage around your temples. Remember to be gentle with the massage.
5. Treat Your Eyes
Take advantage of some of the stress-relieving products on the market today. Gel eye masks, flax seed pillows and herbal sachets all can help to relax you while reducing puffiness to your eyes.
Save some money and simply slice up a cucumber to press over your eyes for a quick stress-relieving solution to eye fatigue! This solution works great for work as well as home. If your eyes are feeling the strain take a few minutes of your lunch hour to apply the cucumber slices.
6. Travel Safely
Traveling, whether for work or pleasure, can really take a toll on your eyes. As flight attendants and pilots know all too well, in-flight air is drier than a desert. When you’re traveling, be sure to stay hydrated throughout your trip.
Be sure to have a water bottle at your side and drink frequently to prevent your eyes from getting dry and scratchy in the middle of what should be a fun and exciting plane ride!
If you’re flying during the daytime make sure you have your sunglasses handy as well.
7. Take Your Vitamins
Yes, eye vitamins help improve your vision. By incorporating the right vitamins, minerals, and herbs into your daily routine, you can greatly improve your vision and keep it strong for years to come.