If you are like the majority of the population, you spend your days in front of a computer screen. And although working in front of a computer screen can have it’s rewards, i.e. checking out YouTube when your boss is in a meeting, it can cause damage to your eyes. If you experience things like extreme fatigue or headaches after staring at the computer screen for a few hours every day, try these techniques to give your eyes a break.
1. Go for a Walk
Although you might want to accomplish as much work as possible while you’re sitting at your desk, you are actually doing your eyes and body harm but sitting in the same place for hours at a time without moving. Give your eyes and body a rest and go for a quick walk. Even if the walk is just around the building or up a few flights of stairs to the next floor, the visual break it will give your eyes from having to stare at a computer screen will save you from having to put additional eye strain on them.
2. Look Away from Your Screen
Every 20 minutes or so, take a few seconds to look up from your screen. By giving your eyes the opportunity to focus elsewhere, you are preventing any additional eye strain on them. Plus, this will give you the opportunity to refocus your eyes on something else around you.
3. Close Your Eyes
If you have been staring at your computer for 6 hours straight and are getting a headache and feeling tired, your eyes are giving you a big sign that they need a break. Simply close your eyes for a minute or two in order to give them some time to relax. This should help to slowly get rid of your headache and will give your eyes the opportunity to briefly rest so that they no longer feel quite as tired.
Eye fatigue and strain is a real condition that affects individuals who work in front of a computer all day every day. If you are experiencing symptoms of extreme fatigue or headaches, try the above three tips to help you getting back to feeling like yourself again.
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