If you gaze at a screen all day—computer, smartphone, tablet, or TV—or if you spend hours reading print material, you are probably familiar with eye fatigue. When your eyes get tired and your vision is compromised, you can fall victim to headaches, migraines, and irritability—even nausea and dizziness!
Taking screen breaks is crucial and will help keep your eyes fresh and your outlook bright.
An old practice called “palming” can help to rejuvenate and invigorate tired eyes. You can practice it any time throughout your day, as long as you have a comfortable spot where you can rest your elbows. When your vision is clear and bright, your view of the world will change for the better!
Stuff to Know:
- Make sure your hands are clean and free of debris, grease, and other residue.
- Be extraordinarily gentle!
How to palm your eyes:
- Sit comfortably at your desk or at a table. You can also sit in an armchair in which your elbows will be supported.
- Close your eyes.
- Cup your hands and place your palms over your eyes, without touching your eyelids.
- Take several slow, deep breaths. As you relax, the grey you “see” with your closed eyes will gradually become a rich, velvety black.
- Stay with the black for a few deep breaths.
- Gently remove your hands. Open your eyes and blink rapidly several times as you adjust to the light again. Your eyes and vision should be refreshed and renewed!
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Questions for readers:
Do you give your eyes a rest during long periods of reading or screen time?