In our natural environment (outdoors) our eyes are working vigorously. They focus on objects up close and then scan out into the distance.
All the time we are scanning and taking in information from all around us, from our periphery, from in front of us, close and far.
However when we work on a computer, we have a fixed distance and a very narrow focal range not requiring us to use much of our peripheral vision, if at all.
This can lead to eye strain and poor function of the eyes.
To combat this it’s a great idea to practice a few eye exercises between short breaks from the computer.
It doesn’t need to be long, perhaps just 60 seconds every couple of hours. Here’s what to do:
- Get up and move away from the computer
- Take a pen
- Imagine that your head is the middle of a clock face and draw a circle around the head with the pen
- Focus on the end of the pen and only make the circle large enough so that it’s still possible to see the pen tip, without needing to move the head (move the eyes)
- Combine this with breathing
- Breathe in from the 6 o’clock position on the way up and out again when you reach the 12 o’clock position all the way back down
- Let the breathing pace dictate the pace you are moving the pen
- Try to slow the breathing as much as is comfortable
This is a wonderful breathing exercise to do to also calm the nervous system. If you do one circle clockwise and the next anti-clockwise, alternating each breath it helps to integrate the left and right brain hemispheres.
When we get stressed, or spend too much time in analytical thinking, we can become overly dominate in the brain.
Have a go and let me know how you get on.
Have a great weekend.