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 Healthy Computing: Blink and Breathe 
 
The following is one in an ongoing series of columns entitled Healthy Computing Tips by . View all columns in series
Optimize your performance and prevent computer-related injuries with Healthy Computing Email Tips. Each week we provide hints to help you stay healthier while working.


Staring intensely at the monitor may result in blurred vision, dry burning eyes, or difficulty in focusing. Reverse this computer-vision syndrome and enjoy comfortable vision when you BLINK AND BREATHE.

HOW TO BLINK AND BREATHE:

  • Master relaxing blinks: Take a microbreak and gently lower your upper eyelids so that your eyes close. As your eyelids close, sense your eyes rolling upward and simultaneously exhale. At the same time loosen your jaw so that your upper and lower teeth are not touching. Repeat every few minutes.

  • Integrate blinks into your work:

    Blink at the end of every line, after entering a column of numbers, and with every mouse movement during typing and data entry. Repeat every fifteen seconds.

  • Practice relaxing your vision:

    Look away from the screen to a distant object or place (e.g., look out the window or across the room). As you look into the distance, allow your jaw and upper eyelids to drop. Let your eyes close as you exhale. Feel your eyes sinking into their sockets. Exhale with a slight smile for one or two breaths and then re-open them. Repeat every 30 minutes.

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    Erik Peper, Ph.D. is an international authority on biofeedback and self-regulation. He is Professor and Co-Director of the Institute for Holistic Healing Studies, Department of Health Education, at San Francisco......moreErik Peper PhD
     
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