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This is the second post in a series of posts specifically written to introduce the benefits of yoga to bloggers as a tool to reach your personal and professional goals.
As a blogger, your health and wellbeing is your most valuable asset. You spend a vast proportion of your day staring at a computer screen. Chances are by the end of the day; your eyes are sore and tired. This can lead to eye strain which is a form of muscle cramp. Constantly focusing on small text without rest breaks can also cause headaches, neck strain and tension in your upper back.
To ease eye strain and to keep your energy and vitality levels in tip-top shape, practice these four eye exercises regularly throughout your day.
They will help to soothe and strengthen your eye muscles and release the build up of tension in the neck and upper body so you feel alert and more able to concentrate on your work.
Four Eye Exercises To Ease Tired Eyes
The following eye exercises can be practiced seated or laying down on your back. Remember to keep your shoulders lowered and to relax your jaw. If seated, keep your head balanced and still, chin parallel to the ground; if you are lying down on your back, tuck your chin in and make sure the back of your head rests comfortable on the mat/floor/bed.
1. Open your eyes wide, keeping your head still, look as far to your right as you comfortably can and then move your eyes to look to the left. Repeat 3-7 times in each direction. Then close your eyes and rest then for 20 seconds.
2. Next, still keeping your head still, look upwards as high as you can, and then look downwards. Repeat 3-7 times. Close your eyes and rest then for 20 seconds.
3. Next, move your eyes diagonally by moving your eyes from the top right hand corner to the lower left and back again 3-7 times; repeat this movement, this time moving your eyes in the opposite direction from the top left corner to the bottom right. Repeat 3-7 times.
4. Finally, to soothe and rest your eyes after these exercises close your eyes. Rub your palms vigorously together to warm the palms the energy circulating quicker. When you feel the warmth from your palms, gently cup your hands over your closed eyes for 30 seconds, without touching your eyelids. Stays focused on your breath and gradually release your hands.
Regular practice of these 4 simple eye exercises help to relax and focus your mind which helps you concentrate for longer periods of time.
Make it a habit to take regular eye rest breaks during your day, particularly if you spend a lot of your time looking at a computer screen or doing fine attention to detail writing.
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