A friend of mine told me that she was had started a year long online Masters program. I asked her how long she would be spending in front of the computer monitor. She said about 20 hrs per week. That’s 20 hrs sitting and focusing on a lighted screen 1.5 feet away that she was not doing before this time.
I suggested a few things that may help prevent future problems from repetitive strain, eye strain and building tight muscles. We will look at them one by one in 3 blog posts.
20-20-20: Every 20 minutes, take 20 secs and focus the vision on something 20 feet away. I would say 1 minute would be even better.
This is great advice for all of us with our constant use of electronic devices. The natural activity of our eyes is not solely focusing 1.5 feet away. It is a varying focus, short spurts of looking close by, longer times looking out at faces, blackboards (dating myself), teachers, preachers, colleagues even the TV on the other side of the room. When we walk, we are always looking 10-20 feet out to see what’s coming into our path.
Palming is also a great way to relax the eyes after a session on the computer or even right before you go to sleep at night. Rub the palms together long enough to create warmth. Gently rest the center of the palms over the eyes making it dark. Let the eyes rest for 1-2 minutes.
Lisa Davidson, Nationally Registered Yoga Teacher, helps students live healthy, happy and peaceful lives through yoga, polarity therapy and reiki. She offers private sessions to educate and guide students to practice yoga and holistic skills, and most of all guided by their own highest wisdom. Lisa’s Kripalu Yoga classes are offered in Framingham and Natick. Contact Lisa to join a class or make an appointment. You can see he class schedule at www.whiteviewyoga.com.