Use your peripheral vision to quickly feel
calmer, more relaxed, focused and productive
You can easily create some calm gaps in your day, in between activities. You can start off with a couple of minutes – or even less. As you get into the habit of using this technique may also start to notice feelings of wellbeing, confidence, and calm increase.
…you can notice how easy it is to feel calmer and more relaxed. Peripheral Vision engages the Parasympathetic Nervous System that helps us relax, digest and heal.
The opposite is Foveal Vision
– we all spend a lot of time in this mode. It engages the Sympathetic Nervous System that’s used for action and engages flight and fight response.
- We stare at the computer screen, often frowning and our face muscles tightened.
- In the car, we can find ourselves staring at the car in front, with our shoulders and muscles tensed up.
- In meetings, we might sit with our elbows on the table with our forehead muscles tensed.
Try it now for yourself
Stare hard at something in front of you
Notice the sharpness & clarity of your vision
Notice what happens to the muscles in your face and body
– they become tense – ready for activity and great for flight or flight
…. NOW ….
Still focusing on a point right in front of you, let your eyes and face soften and relax.
Let your gaze start to spread out, wider and wider.
Noticing what you can see out the corners of your eyes and up and down, just by softening your gaze.
No need to move your eyes.
Maybe add a gentle smile
What’s that like?
Just stay in that moment, being the observer of your mind and your body.
You can now keep your eyes open, blinking as normal and just go about your day in this mode, or, if it is safe to do so, you could just allow your eyes to close. Either way, you may notice you start to relax, your breathing slows, your thoughts slow, and you feel calmer.
You can also try these ideas
- At night, engage your Peripheral Vision and close your eyes and imagine waves of pure relaxation and peace washing over you
- On the train or bus you can disengage from a stressful boring commute, by engaging your Peripheral Vision and becoming Calm.
- Say to your self “I AM CALM” as you engage your peripheral vision – it may not have an immediate effect but will impact over time – it is better than constantly telling your self ‘I am stressed. this is awful, I can’t cope’!
- ILLUSIONS often work on the basis of foveal and peripheral vision – try this one http://illusionoftheyear.com/2008/05/dramatically-different-percepts-between-foveal-and-peripheral-vision/
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