Eye Love

We’re looking at screens more than ever these days! Excessive screen usage can cause the eyes to feel very unhappy, strained, dry, irritated and unloved.

What to do? One thing that’s very helpful is practicing the 20-20-20 rule. I read about this a few years back. It was recommended by optometrists:

For every 20 minutes of screen time, look 20 feet away from you for a total of 20 seconds. Twenty seconds is right about the amount of time it takes for the eyes to relax.

More tips:

-If you blink a few times you can generate more natural fluid in the eyes too. Tears regenerate and replenish.

-Drinking green tea during your break may help even more. Green tea contains antioxidants that may help your eyes produce tears for better lubrication.

-Sit a little farther from your screen, at least arm’s length.

-Artifical tears and humidifiers can help keep eyes from getting too dry.

-Set a timer on your phone or watch to remind you to take an eye break.

Eye love when my eyes feel relaxed. Don’t you?

Your Inner Coach

By Guest Blogger: Anne Macaulay

As a spouse, parent, or dog owner, you may know the value of catching someone doing something right–noticing and reinforcing desired behavior right in the moment. “Thank-you” for making me dinner, “What a good puppy” for peeing outdoors, etc.

But, how often do you do the same for yourself?

When we’re trying to improve our health, we often focus on the end result: getting cholesterol numbers down or running a 5k. What if instead we focus on the process, the little decisions and steps taken throughout the day to support health goals? What if we support ourselves by really noticing, acknowledging, and becoming grateful to ourselves for these steps?

To give yourself timely, positive feedback, you first need to be aware of your inner dialogue. If this is new to you, journaling and meditation can build this awareness. If you are already conscious of how you talk to yourself, you can focus on catching yourself doing something right. Be sure to use phrases that feel authentic to you. Here are some examples: “Nice choice!” or “You’re on your way!”.

You, yourself, are the best person to provide reinforcement at just the right moment. This is a habit that can be learned. It will support all other habits—it’s a virtuous cycle!

Try starting out by spending a week listening to the inner coach while letting the inner critic know you’ve got this! It may be surprising how good it feels to give yourself that same warm, caring feedback that you give so generously to others. 

Way to go!

More about Anne Macaulay:

Anne Macaulay is an ADAPT Certified Functional Health Coach. Anne helps people sidelined by health challenges to get their lives back on track, one step at a time. She is an avid gardener, professional dog trainer, and hiker who uses functional medicine principles to live well with autoimmune disease. She lives in Franklin Park with her husband, Jeff and Vizsla, Cash. https://www.ongoodbehavior.com/coaching.html