In our attempts to stay fit and healthy, we often go to the gym or even take long walk in the parks or gardens.
Most of the exercises that we do are usually for the arms, legs and torso. We are always trying to look good physically. But what about our eyes!
Have you ever thought about the strain on this organ which is constantly moving and undergoing huge strains because of our sedentary lifestyles today!
We usually spend hours glued to the computer screens while doing our work.
Medically it is proven that this constant strain is the leading cause for migraines and headaches.
This chronic headache often goes unnoticed until its symptoms start expanding to irritation in eyes, redness in eyes and burning sensations. All of this paves way for other serious illnesses.
That is why it is even more important for us today to notice these lifestyle issues and work towards trying to solve them.
Now I don’t expect you to go to the gym to exercise your eye!
Rather there are many simple activities that you can do sitting where you are sitting right now and reduce the eye stress by a large percentage.
Some of these include:
Now this might seem to be unnecessary, considering we blink so many times a day!
But if you are to observe yourself when working on the computer, you will realize that you blink very few times in long periods, and that is one of the initial starts to excessive eye strain.
It has serious implications on your eye’s health.
To counter this, try the blinking exercise. To start with, sit comfortably wherever you are. Then very quickly 10-15 times.
Allow your eyes to relax for the next 20-30 seconds. This exercise should be repeated atleast five times for the sake of your eyes.
This is one of the most soothing eye exercises to keep your eyes relaxed. This exercise can be done anywhere and at any time. Whenever you feel any irritation in the eyes or a burning sensation then try the palming exercise to feel better.
In this exercise one must initially sit comfortably with their breathing relaxed and in control. Remove your spectacles or other eye wears. Bring your palms together and rub them vigorously.
Allow your palms to get significantly hotter. Then place your palms on your eyes. Feel the heat transferring from your palms to the eyes.
Allow yourself to feel relaxed until the heat is completely transferred. Then remove the palms. Repeat the same procedure at least five times.
This might seem a little complex to carry out but this a simple one once you get the hang of it. This exercise helps in relaxing your optic muscles.
As always start with sitting in a comfortable position!
Then place the right hand on the right knee. Hold out your left hand with the thumb pointing upwards. The elbow should be kept straight while doing the exercise. Then form a vertical circle in the air with your left hand.
While forming the circle it is important to keep your head erect and at level and allow your eyes to follow the path of the thumb.
Complete at least eight revolutions with one hand and then try it with your other hand. As you get accustomed to this exercise then try to control your breathing while doing it.
Exhale when finishing the lower arc and inhale while completing the upper arc.
These exercises are not applicable for glaucoma treatment but are quite effective in mild strain situations.
Front and Sideways Viewing
This is one of the most important eye actions. Because of sitting for long hours in a fixed position it becomes more important to allow the eye to focus on something else through different directions.
First allow yourself to sit erect in a position that is comfortable. Then the left hand must be placed on the left knee with the thumb upwards.
Then one must look straight ahead at the level of the eyes. As one breathes out keep the focus on the left thumb.
Then while breathing in look straight ahead at the level of the eyes. During all this one must keep the head erect without moving it around. The process should be repeated with the right thumb.
All this calls for a break for two-three minutes before repeating the procedure again.
Near and Distant Viewing
This exercise needs a bit of movement as it needs you to be near a window or a view at something distant.
It is a fairly simple exercise in which one must first focus at the tip of the nose for 4-8 seconds while inhaling., and then as one exhales, the gaze should be shifted to something at a farther distance.
This exercise allows for the optic muscles to be more relaxed and strain-free.
These set of five exercises will definitely help you in avoiding chronic headaches and keep your eyes relaxed over a longer period of time.