Lately, my husband and I have been staying up later, playing chess or watching a movie and just enjoying some quiet time. Im loving this new tradition, but trying to figure out how to continue it and still get my eight hours of sleep, as morning still comes bright and early, and with it puffy eyes. Then add on to it eight to 10 hours of staring at a computer screen all day, and, well, I give up.
Once again, I headed to Dr. Lark and acupressure. She has a wonderful acupressure exercise to reduce the appearance of swollen eyes.
Using the tips of your fingers, stimulate the pressure point just below the base of your skull, a finger-width away from the spine, with gentle to medium pressure.
For eyes that are overworked and overfocused, she also recommended using another eye exercise to promote the relaxation response within your eyes and the tissues surrounding them, which helps support the beauty of your eyes safely and naturally. (I love that!)
Over time, this exercise (adapted from Paul Scheele’s groundbreaking work on Photo Reading) will also help to soften the fine lines and wrinkles around your eyes.
- Close your eyes and rest your arms at your sides.
- Touch your eyes gently with the tips of your fingers. See if your eyes feel tense or even hard. Are you noticing a feeling of tightness or tension in the muscles that surround your eyes? If so, you need to soften your gaze.
- Take several slow, deep breaths.
- Open your eyes, but instead of gazing intensely at the fine print of the page or monitor, soften your gaze by widening your field of vision to focus on the entire page or screen. You should be able to see all four-corners of what you are looking at. Look at the white space of the margin and the areas between the paragraphs. As you do this, you will begin to feel the tension in your eyes melt away. You can also do this step if you are watching television by looking at the empty spaces on the screen.
- Close your eyes again, continuing to breathe slowly and effortlessly.
- Open your eyes. Repeat the process of softening your gaze while looking at the white spaces on the page.
For more tips on how you can reduce puffy eyes and tips for wrinkle free skin, visit Dr. Larks Web site.