We tend to think of wellness as being for our body, mind, and maybe even our soul, but few of us ever think of wellness practice as being about our eyes too. The thing is, it really can be!
Our eyes are one of our most important organs after all, they help us to see the world around us and experience the beauty of nature or the cuteness of a brand-new puppy. So, of course, we need to treat them right.
That being the case, below are some wellness practices your eyes will love you for.
First off, let's address the giant, glowing elephant in the room: screens. If you’re reading this on a device, your eyes are probably rolling their metaphorical eyeballs at you right now. Eye strain from screens is real, and it’s not fun. It's like your eyes are running a marathon without any training. Cue the dryness, the headaches, and the weird floaty things in your vision.
Visiting your opticians isn't just something you do when you start mistaking your cat for a rogue piece of laundry. Regular eye check-ups are key. Think of your optician as a personal trainer for your eyes. They can spot problems you didn’t even know existed, like that sneaky little thing called glaucoma.
Here’s a cool trick to give your eyes a break: the 20-20-20 rule. Every 20 minutes, look at something 20 feet away for 20 seconds. It’s like a mini-vacation for your eyes. Plus, it’s a great excuse to space out at work.
Sunglasses are more than just a fashion statement or a way to avoid eye contact. They protect your eyes from harmful UV rays, which can cause cataracts. So, rock those shades like you’re a celebrity avoiding the paparazzi.
Your diet affects your eyes too. Foods rich in vitamins C and E, zinc, and omega-3 fatty acids are like power-ups for your sight. Munch on leafy greens, salmon, and nuts. It’s like feeding your eyes a superhero salad.
Here’s a fun fact: when you stare at screens, you blink less. This can lead to dry, irritated eyes. So, make a conscious effort to blink more. It’s possibly the easiest exercise you’ll ever do.
Regular exercise and proper sleep benefit your eyes too. Exercise improves blood circulation, which is great for the eyes. And sleep? Well, it’s like hitting the reset button for your peepers.
Every now and then, give your eyes a break from screens. Go for a digital detox. Read a book, go for a walk, or start a conversation with an actual human being. Your eyes (and maybe your soul) will thank you.
Wellness is for every part of you, especially your eyes!