how to protect your eyes if you work at a computer

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This is something that has been on my mind a lot lately. I am now working for a digital marketing company, and in my free time I blog and take photos. So, needless to say, I work on my computer frequently. This is tricky — I love to write, but this digital pass time is taking its toll on my eyes.

So, I did a little research about how to preserve your eyes when you work at a computer, and I want to share my findings with all of you. I am going to test these out today at work. We’ll see how it goes!

  1. 20-20-20 Break: For every 20 minutes you are using the computer, spend 20 seconds looking at something 20 feet away from you.
  2. Sit an arm’s length away from the monitor.
  3. Remember to blink!
  4. Avoid working under overhead florescent lighting. (Florescent lighting might be one of my least favorite inventions.)
  5. Upgrade to an LCD screen.
  6. Keep the brightness of your computer the same as the room where you are working.
  7. Lower your computer’s color temperature. The less blue light the better!
  8. Take frequent breaks and move around. (In my case, this means basically doing yoga in the hallway.)
  9. Buy computer glasses.
  10. Unplug!

These were some of the points I found on multiple blogs and websites. I’m excited to start trying them out!

I do want to emphasize the importance of the last listen item: Unplugging. Many of my friends and family members know that this is one of my top stress relieving tips. Stop using your phone an hour before bed, and don’t even think about touching it until you are fully awake, dressed, and ready to face the world in the morning. There are certain times of the day that should belong only to you.

Especially for writers and other digital artists, technology opens up incredible creative opportunities, but it can also be quite harmful. In general, I think it important to understand technology’s role in our lives and to strike a balance when using it.

Readers! What techniques to you use to keep your eyeballs happy while working on your computer? Let me know in the comments.

Much love!

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(more) brother

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I suppose the benefit of being a photographer-musician sibling pair is that my brother gets to frequently update his promotional photos, and I get to add snaps to my portfolio. We collaborated during my recent trip to Ithaca, and it was such a good time. I really like taking his portraits, mostly because it really pushes my style. He prefers a grainy film-like look, while I usually go for brighter, crispy photos for my clients.

Here are some of my favorites from the bunch. We discovered the roof of a downtown parking garage and took advantage of it. I lived in Ithaca for years and never even thought to venture up there. Needless to say, my wheels are turning for what else I might be able to shoot up there.

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april

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April could not have arrived at a better time. I woke up this morning with a sense of renewal. Much-needed renewal.

March was not my month. I was functioning with this overwhelming feeling that I was constantly trying to catch up with myself. As the days past, I wasn’t completing things that I needed to complete. I was constantly running late and not prioritizing the right things. It was a blur of a month that left a small knot of anxiety in my chest.

While I understand that this is due to all of the change in my life, it is time to turn a corner. All of the change that I am experiencing is vibrant, beautiful and full of potential. I have also been blessed with numerous opportunities to see old friends and soak in everything that they are up to. I found a lovely place to live and will be moving within the next few months. The weather is getting warmer and there are exciting things to look forward to. Life is wonderful and it is time to bring myself back to the present.

April, may you help me do this.

I am such a believer in the moods of the seasons. Summer always makes me feel free and spontaneous. Fall is quietly mature and settling. Winter is silent and pensive. And spring is renewing. I feel this now more than ever. While the weather here is a murky winter-spring hybrid, I am open to sunshine and growing warmth. I am eager to shed my layers.

There is something in the air today telling me it is time for this renewal. April is a holistic refresh. April is a sign to come back into myself — stronger, calmer, energetically sound.

What do you hope April will bring you?

 

warmth

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I’m coming at you live from this Upstate New York snow day. I hope everyone reading this from the Northeastern U.S. is staying safe and warm today. In a way, getting snowed in came at the perfect time. I’ve been been working to balance everything, so it feels good to have a day to reset.

All of this chilly weather has me thinking about a weekend spent exploring one of my favorite spots – the conservatory. The inside of this space always helps me forget my winter blues. It’s warm, full of little animals and most importantly, it’s green. Here are some snaps from the conservatory last weekend.

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