6 Ways to Relieve Tired, Puffy or Strained Eyes

Whether you woke up feeling congested and your eyes are puffy, or you’ve been staring at the computer screen all day under those fluorescent office lights, OR you’re just straight up drowsy – these tips are for you!

There are numerous pressure points surrounding the eye and by massaging them, you can help to alleviate eye strain during the day. What’s even better is that you can do these eye massages at the office or at home on dry skin or even after you apply your eye cream in the morning in less than 5 minutes! 

1. Swirl 

Hook your thumb behind the jaw and take your fourth finger (as this is the one that has the least pressure). Starting at the tops of the cheekbones, use small circular movements and work your way towards the nostrils. When you get to the sides of the nostrils, using the third and fourth finger, push upwards through to the inner brows and continue through bring the fingers to the temples, completing a full round.

Repeat 3 times.

2. Thumb 

The area under either side of the inner brows is a pressure point. Use your two thumbs and press against this point and firmly massage by making small circular movements clockwise 10 times, then anti-clockwise for another 10 times.

3. Palms 

The purpose of this exercise is to create a restful state for the eyes when they become agitated and overworked from looking at the screen.

Warm your hands by rubbing them together quickly.

Close your eyes and cover them with your warmed palms, without applying any pressure to the eyelids. Make sure no light gets in – like you’re playing hide and seek, don’t cheat! 😉

Relax for 30 seconds in the darkness my old friend. Then slowly take hands away from the face and look around. Repeat 3 times. You can do this at any time of the day.

4. Thenar Muscle 

Using the base of the thumb, which is also called the thenar muscle.

Use this area to press against the inner eyebrow and stretch to the temporal. This helps to relax the contours of your eye. You can repeat this 3 times.

5. Press 

This massage helps to release face tension by targeting the pressure points surrounding the eye. Using your middle and ring finger, apply a firm pressure under the eyes. Hold for 5 seconds.

Move across the eye towards the tops of the cheekbones and press again for 5 seconds.

Then lastly, move to the area between the temples and outer edge of both eyes. Press firmly and hold for another 5 seconds. 

Now you have no excuses for that midday nap! 😉