Endless hours sat in front of a computer or TV can be really bad for your eyes. Dryness, itchiness, headaches — sounds familiar? Unfortunately, not all of us can afford to regularly go offline for a much needed break.
And so we decided to start small, and found ten simple exercises for your eyes, that you can do with no fuss in under 15 minutes. Try doing them at least from time to time, and you’ll really notice the difference!
Gaze into the darkness
(It’s not as ominous as it sounds.) Put your elbows on the table. Close your eyes and cup them with your palms. Relax and gaze into the darkness. Hold this position for a couple of minutes.
Side to Side Eye Movement
Stand or sit up straight. Look straight ahead. Without moving your head, look to the left. Focus on what you see. Then look to the right and focus on what you see. Move your eyes from side to side five times. Repeat the cycle three times.
Up and Down Eye Movement
Sit up straight and look ahead. Then look up and focus on what you see. Look down. Don’t be afraid to wrinkle your forehead or frown. Look up and down five times. Repeat the entire cycle three times.
Moving Your Eyes Diagonally
Look straight ahead. Look down and to the left. Then move your eyes diagonally and look up and to the right. Focus on what you see. Repeat the exercise five times, then look straight ahead and do the same cycle in the other direction. Repeat the entire cycle three times.
Rolling Your Eyes in a Circle
Sit up straight and relax. Look to the left and slowly roll your eyes in a circle clockwise. Do it clockwise five times and then counterclockwise five times. Repeat the entire cycle three times.
Near and Far Focus
Focus your eyes on a pencil or any other nearby object. It should be 20-30 cm away from your eyes. Then look at something distant. Focus on that and try to see it in detail. Then look at the pencil again. Change your focus five times. Repeat this cycle three times.
Sit up straight. Look straight ahead. Gaze at the point between your eyebrows. Focus on what you see for a few seconds. Then look ahead again. Gaze at the point between your eyebrows. Change this focus five times. Repeat this cycle three times.
Sit up straight. Look straight ahead. Gaze at the tip of your nose for a few seconds. Then look ahead again. Change this focus five times. Repeat the entire cycle three times.
Close your eyes. Then squeeze your eyes tightly shut for two to three seconds. Relax the muscles around your eyes. Squeeze your eyes shut again. Repeat ten times.
Close your eyes. Gently massage your eyelids with circular motions. Press lightly. Don’t try to press too hard. Make ten circular movements, first clockwise, then counterclockwise.
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