Eye Relaxation Techniques
Eye relaxation techniques are useful not only for people dealing with health problems affecting their vision but also for those spending several hours in front of a computer or working in environments where a high visual acuity is required for fulfilling tasks successfully.
Reading, doing crafts, driving and doing any other activity that involves a prolonged use of sight may cause eyestrain, which is a very common complaint nowadays among youths and adults alike. The more tired your eyes and muscles surrounding the ocular globes get, the higher the risks of developing eye problems are so getting familiar with some eye relaxation techniques should be among your priorities if you want to protect your health.
There are lots of different techniques and methods of relaxation which can be applied whether you’re home or at the office without disturbing anyone. Most of them only take few minutes but have instant results, so it’s surely worth reading about these methods and applying them whenever you feel your eyes are overworked and tired.
Palming is one of the most popular eye relaxation techniques, a method you surely practiced while at the office or at school, probably without even knowing it’s considered a form of therapy for your ocular muscles.
This technique doesn’t involve special tools or thorough anatomy and physiology knowledge – it’s enough to place your palms against your face, covering the eyes and to rest your head in hands for a couple of minutes. As you do this, pay attention to your breathing rhythm and try to inhale deeply, to hold it for few seconds and then exhale, repeating the deep breathing procedure for at least 30 seconds.
Make sure you don’t exert too much pressure on your eye balls and avoid covering the nose while practicing this technique so that respiration is not affected. The entire procedure should last for at least 3 minutes and should be repeated several times a day, whenever eye pain and strain is experienced.
Shifting focus to objects placed farther than the ones you usually look at and concentrating on the new objects for few seconds is also known to help in relaxing the ocular muscles. You can start by holding a pen in front of your eyes and focusing on it as you slowly move the object away or by staring at something placed right next to you and moving your eyes from one object to another, progressively, until you focus on farther ones.
Rolling your eyes
Also included among the efficient eye relaxation techniques is the rolling method. Whenever you feel your eyes are painful and your vision becomes blurry, close your eyes and try to imagine a clock. Move your eyes clockwise and counterclockwise alternatively, repeating the cycle 2-3 times. Take a 2 seconds break between repetitions and try to do the rolling as slowly as possible.
Applying cold and hot compresses
This is a much appreciated technique as it not only relaxes the muscles surrounding the ocular globes but also improves blood circulation and enhances the skin’s aspect around the eyes. So all you have to do in order to benefit from this method is take two small compresses, soak them in hot water or put them in the freezer for few seconds and then apply them on your closed eyelids, on the eyebrows, cheeks and why not on your entire face.
Make sure you alternate hot with cold compresses as this stimulates the blood flow to the targeted region. In case you don’t have suitable compresses available, you can successfully use some teabags containing herbal mixtures, but make sure to opt for plants which can’t trigger irritations, such as chamomile and calendula.
Last, you can try doing some rhythmic movements as these are also considered efficient for relaxing the eyes and muscles around the globes. Start by looking at the vertical bars of a window or door and move your eyes slowly along the bars until your reach the corner. Then follow the horizontal line applying the same rhythmic pattern for the movement. Make sure you breathe rhythmically too and repeat for 2-3 minutes, taking very short breaks between repetitions.
These simple yet efficient eye relaxation techniques are useful for anyone working in front of the computer or doing other activity that requires a high visual acuity and concentration, so make sure you apply them whenever you experience eye pain and strain.