Today I want to bring awareness to something that we cope with on a constant non-stop level in our every day life: technology and how it influences our health. Since I sit in front of the computer for almost the whole entire time when I am at work and I can definitely feel what it does to me, the topic for today is CVS or Computer Vision Syndrome. The typical CVS symptoms of tired, burning eyes and blurry vision are becoming more frequent as people spend increasing amounts of time at their computers. But what can be the causes?
- Improper lighting
- Screen glare
- Ill-adapted workspace
- Poor posture
- Glasses or contact lenses with incorrect prescriptions
While CVS has not yet been shown to damage vision, there is no need to put up with its uncomfortable symptoms. Proper workspace ergonomics, frequent breaks from the computer, and eye drops are easy solutions that work. Dimming the lights in the workspace can also reduce eye fatigue. Author Judith Lasater who wrote the great book “Relax and Renew: Restful Yoga for Stressful Times” suggests a version of Savasana (Corpse Pose) tailored for the eyes. Quite interesting, huh? So here is what you need to do:
Lie down in Savasana with a stack of several books lying on the floor near the top of your head. Place either a five-pound bag of rice or some sandbags halfway on the books and halfway on your forehead. Relax for 15 minutes.
Yes, it’s THAT simple. You actually do not need to read a book to find a solution to your fatigue problem. All you need is a little extra time. But the problem here is that we all often do not even find 15 minutes in a day to relax, right?
For all who want to know a bit more of Savasana and would like to give the relaxing pose a try, keep on reading in the Savasana post I did a while ago and find some inspiration to a healthier and more relaxed you!
What do you do to take a break from all the technology around you? Do you switch your mobile phone off when you go to bed? Do you feel like you are around electronic devices all day long?
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