Living in a world where you are bombarded daily with innumerable stimuli is undoubtedly stressful. Of the many stimuli that impinge upon your five senses each day, visual stimuli create the most stress upon your eyes and their muscles. The eye muscles are victims of great stress everyday not only because of the necessity to use them daily or because of the immense amount of visual information from outside but also because of the eye muscles’ susceptibility to stress. As easily as you can stress your eye muscles, so can you easily relax them. One way to relax your eye muscles is to perform self-hypnosis or autosuggestion exercises. Self-hypnosis is easy to administer and can also help you relax the other parts of your body. Read on for the steps on how to relax your eye muscles in self-hypnosis.
Perform the procedure where you will not be interrupted. The venue should be very quiet and conducive to relaxation. You will need to achieve singular focus, so it is important that you stay in a place that will not give you unnecessary distractions. Many people find it helpful to play relaxing music in the background. The peaceful music can do at least two things: help you relax further and drown out the ambient noise.
Sit upright on a comfortable chair. Your eyes should be closed. Sit upright with your shoulders comfortably relaxed (not raised). Place your hands and arms in a comfortable position and in such a manner that won’t require you to move them. Avoid sitting on a chair or in a manner that will tempt you to sleep. You can rest your back on the backrest, but try not to slouch. Keep your feet on the floor and do not cross your legs. If you cross your legs, you will restrict circulation.
Concentrate on your breathing. This is a very important step because it narrows your concentration to only one item (i.e., your breathing), which is actually an essential characteristic of hypnosis. Take deep breaths through your nose. Exhale slowly through your nose. Keep your focus on your breathing. After a few moments, you will discard your awareness of everything else in your periphery and your focus will just be on your breathing. Once you reach this state of singular concentration or singular focus, it’s time to redirect it to the eye muscles.
Visualize your eye muscles. Feel the stress and tension in your eye area. As you inhale deeply, visualize the tightness in your eye muscles. Slowly breathe out through your nose while visualizing the tightness loosening up each time you exhale. Visualize the stress and tension in your eye muscles being softened with each deep and slow exhalation. Continue “expelling” the tension from your eye muscles while breathing in and out. Keep your focus on your eye area for as long as you like or until you feel that the stress has gone away completely. At this point, you will feel heaviness in your eyes and actually can’t open them easily.
Slowly break out of the trance. You can do this by slowly diverting your focus back to your breathing. Then, slowly let your peripheral awareness (i.e., your awareness of your surroundings) seep in; you can begin by noticing the music playing in the background. Some people call this process “going back to the world,” but it is actually more like “bringing back the world to your awareness.”
Self-hypnosis is a great way to relax your eye muscles and other areas of your body. It is easy to perform because it does not require the intervention of an external hypnotist. However, if you have never done self-hypnosis before, you will need to practice frequently so that you can master the procedure.