I’m at a point in my life where I want to start making changes that I hope will become permanent. These changes will be in the areas of what I eat, how often and what type of exercise I do, improving my spiritual life, and working on reducing my daily level of stress/anxiety. While all of these areas of focus could lead to improvements in my vision, I believe the last one is the most pertinent to improving visual acuity. So, I’ll talk about that topic in this post.
Lately, I’ve noticed that I have a low to moderate level of anxiety most days of the week. This anxiety is not constant throughout the day, but I am usually aware of it while it is present. I have especially noticed the symptoms of the persistent anxiety: loss of appetite, GI discomfort, nausea, not feeling rested when I wake up, less energy. I know most of these symptoms will be reduced or ended with improvements in my diet and exercise habits, but I feel that stress is having the largest influence on them. The things that are causing the stressed feelings are mainly things in my conscious and subconscious mind: thoughts about negative events from the past, worries about performing well each day in culinary school, concerns about my diminished social network, and others. The range of stressful thoughts obviously covers many different parts of my life, and, therefore, there are a variety of ways for the thoughts to be changed so that I have a positive or neutral response to them.
Anyway, while I cannot immediately end or change the things in my life that the stressful thoughts are about, I can change my mind’s (then body’s) reaction to them. While many of these issues will just require more thought, time, and conversations with friends, I also want to start some practical solutions each day to reduce my anxiety level.
- I would like to start going on more walks outside (without my glasses 🙂 ) as this will give me time to relax and think.
- I want to start and end each day by just sitting still and relaxing my mind and body.
- I will try to be more aware of my breathing throughout the day. It should be full, regular, and effortless.
I will focus on these three things for now, but I may add others in the future. Since vision improvement is initiated by relaxation and central fixation of the mind, my above changes should also lead to a better visual acuity as well. I look forward to a time when I will remain essentially stress-free despite my daily circumstances and happenings.