Learn to Unwind and Relax: A Challenge to Reduce Stress

Stress can worsen the symptoms of dry eye! In this video, we'll delve into the connection between stress and dry eye, and how reducing your stress levels can help lessen its symptoms. We'll provide helpful tips on managing your stress in order to lessen dry eye symptoms. Tune in to learn more about how decreasing your stress can help improve your eye health!

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Tips for reducing stress in your life

1. Get Grounded*  

Research has shown that if you place your bare feet on the ground (grass, beach, ocean... not concrete) after injury, electrons from the earth may migrate into your body and spread through your tissues.   This may help reduce inflammation and the stress response. Try to walk outside barefoot daily!


2. Just Breathe / Meditation

Focusing on your breathing can help you get back to the present moment, which is key in managing stress. Take five minutes out of your day and just focus on taking deep breaths. When thoughts come up, try not to judge or fight them, let them float away and refocus on your breath. 


3. Yin Yoga Classes (YouTube)

Yin Yoga classes are great for calming the mind and body. They focus on a series of long-held, passive stretches that targets deep connective tissue and joints, which can help to soothe stress levels. You can find many Yin yoga classes online for free! 



4. Gratitude Journaling

Gratitude journaling is as simple as writing down three or more things everyday in a paper journal.   Keep a paper journal beside your bed with a pen.  Every night before you go to sleep, write anything that happened during that day that was positive and that you are grateful for.


5. Mind Dump Journaling

Put on a 20 minute meditation song or video and write down absolutely everything you have to do for work, health, personal life, and anything else that comes to mind.  

After 5 minutes, take a look at your list and circle the most important ones on your list.

You should have less than 10 items circled on your list.  Label these items in order of importance, one being the most important and 10 being the least important. 

On a separate sheet of paper, write the top three things you have to do - label them one, two, and three.

Start with one and don’t move onto two until you’re finished with one, etc


6. Get Rid of Your Victim Mentality

What if life is happening FOR us and not TO us? Be a VICTOR not a VICTIM. 


7. Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff

As Richard Carlson would say, "Will this matter five days from now?  If it will not, then it is something small and not anything to worry about."

Challenge of the Week:

  1. Write in your gratitude journal every single night before you go to sleep.  Put it on your nightstand before you get into bed.

  2. Stop watching the news for at least one week.  Replace this habit with reading a PAPER book.


Take Omega 3 fish oil supplements daily to help with stress.  Omega 3s are also linked to improved heart health, better sleep and improved mood.  They can even help with cognitive function. Consider adding a quality supplement to your daily regimen and observe the difference in how you feel. 

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