6 ways to keep your eyes sparkling with holiday happiness!

6 ways to keep your eyes sparkling with holiday happiness!

Happy eyes provide excitement and fond memories!
Making your eyes happy is all about creating happy memories. A holiday is coming up that we will experience differently because of the current situation. But these changes should not limit us but make us reinvent ourselves. Discovering new skills, developing new behaviours makes us feel better, happier, more fulfilled.
I invite you on a 5-stop journey to discover how you can be happier this holiday season.

Keep it simple, there’s no room for holiday complications

We often overindulge at times when we should be simple. At the holidays we seek out impossible gifts, out of a desire to show our gratitude or perhaps to satisfy gaps left over from the past year. The Christmas table looks like the tree in the corner of your room. The gifts you open once, the food you enjoy for a short time. But there are still plenty of moments to spend with loved ones. Those moments require no preparation, no running around and in the end that’s all that matters, because remembering the relaxing, joyful moments will make your eyes sparkle with happiness.

It’s okay to say no – but do it gently

Yes, yes it’s hard. Gathering with family, full meals, visiting all the relatives, and your wishes look different. Happiness is only built through activities, moments you want in your life. If those moments differ from everyone else’s have the courage to tell them these things. Choose just the right words for that moment. Remember any goal you want to achieve requires a plan of action with at least three realistic choices.

Let go of childhood memories
Memories of the holidays with the flavors of cupcakes, roast beef stir you up every year. What’s different NOW? You! Because you’re not grandma, you’re not mom, maybe all around you aren’t the same people anymore. It’s your time NOW! Create your own memories through personal holiday customs. Those habits that you remember with equal pleasure and that make your eyes sparkle with happiness.

Be true to yourself – even if it hurts
Where are we going for Christmas dinner this year? To my parents…to your parents? But you just want to stay home. Every year you had to make a choice, and every time there was a gap somewhere that you struggled to fill. Maybe it’s time to see what it’s like to stay at home, eating dinner by simple candlelight, next to the beautifully decorated tree that is abandoned at Christmas every year. Feel Christmas through all your pores, making your eyes happy with the atmosphere in your own home.

Focus on what you have right now, let go of the desires you can’t reach.

Wishes are part of the realm of the near or distant future. We create illusions based on what we want, but we don’t have to want it. You’ve noticed the two verbs: to want and to desire. Wanting may be possible, but not obligatory – you can dispense with it. But what you want is possible, and it makes you want to move.

What do you want to make your eyes sparkle with happiness after the holidays?
I invite you to keep a journal – the Gratitude Journal – in which you write down everything that makes you happy NOW. Over time we tend to forget what makes us happy. Think of this journal as a photo album that you go through whenever you want to enjoy the wonderful moments you had at a particular time. The thrill of happiness is only felt when you see with your own eyes that you have experienced happiness.
Make a habit of keeping this journal, which you will complete just 5 days a week for 53 weeks.

Monday – Write down what you are grateful for today!
There are a lot of things that happen that we can be thankful for. We usually pass them by without seeing them, experiencing them because we don’t recognize them. Their moment of awareness comes with the moment you see them. If you notice them, you will have the opportunity to go back and see them. Write down at least 3 moments you are grateful for today. If you multiply them by the number of weeks in a year, you will be very rich in happiness.

Tuesday – Remember!
Remember at least one moment when you were happy. Maybe you listened to a song, maybe you saw something, maybe you enjoyed the taste of a dish, maybe you saw a loved one, read a book, saw a movie, etc. Happiness can have many faces. Recognise them so that you are able to see and experience them!

Wednesday – Imagine your future!
Spend a few minutes writing about your future. A future full of happiness can be had when you plan for it and take action NOW AND HERE. Be realistic with what you set out to do, only rely on what you are capable of doing. Remember that any capability can be improved if you act on it.

Thursday – Write to someone!
There are certainly important people in your life. Write to that person and tell them how important they are in your life. Tell them how they have contributed to who you are now. Keep it simple, it can be anyone in your life. As they say: every person in your life has a role to play in relation to you.

Friday – Analyze your week!
Look at all your personal and professional activity over the past week. Write down 3 things that went well in the last week, they can be simple things, maybe trivial at first glance. But their outcome matters and counts towards your well-being. Write down what YOU did to make that thing happen. Write down how you feel today, looking back over the week!
Next holiday year you’ll have 53 times as many moments of happiness as there are weeks in a year. You’ll certainly be much richer, and your eyes will sparkle with happiness.
Happiness is built!
You may have noticed that I’ve written NOW in capital letters. Yes for in coaching it is about NOW and HERE. NOW is the only time we can act, the past we cannot change, the future we cannot control.
Act in the present to have eyes that twinkle with happiness!
Happy eyes give emotions and happy memories!

Coca Staicu,
coach certificat ACC
www.coachedtobehappy.com

Happy eyes

Happy eyes

Call your video a friend or a dear relative
The time we go through is a new experience for everyone. Its consequences have changed the way we interact, communicate, but especially the way we use our sight. Our eyes are exposed to computer screens to an extreme extent. Long meetings with colleagues, meetings with clients, courses, seminars have all moved to the virtual environment. At the end of the day we expect to quickly switch off our computer, tablet or phone.

But something remains unsatisfied…

The joy of relaxing with a loved one! A story over a glass of wine, tea with your best friends or with family members you haven’t seen for a long time saves you . Plus the joy of reunion will show in the happiness expressed in each other’s eyes. Interacting with them, even online, will bring back fond memories, seen through your eyes that were shining with happiness at the time.

Make your eyes happy!

Happiness is a state we choose to experience and is generated by our actions. The positive emotions generated by happiness remain in our hearts and minds. They can be the resources of happiness for other moments of boredom, sadness or apathy, when a simple image crosses your mind and your eyes smile again!

Make your eyes happy and spend time online with your loved ones.

Tips & tricks

  • Plan at least a few hours in advance for your date. That’s the only way it used to happen before the pandemic
  • Prepare the date!!! Order or prepare yourself some food, get your cups of tea, coffee or glasses of wine ready…full
  • You can connect your computer, tablet, phone to your TV. The picture will be even more real, so you’ll be even closer to the people you meet.
  • Dress as if you were going out.
  • Allow yourself plenty of time to enjoy the company of your loved ones.
  • Organise at least two such meetings a week.
  • Happy eyes bring excitement and fond memories!

Coca Staicu,
coach certificat ACC

www.coachedtobehappy.com

Tips for preventing coronavirus

Have you ever thought about how often you touch your face? Instinctively or not, you do it at least 20 times. Per hour!

However, with the spread of COVID-19 coronavirus, epidemiology specialists advise you to stop touching your face so much. Specifically, you should “avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands”.

How to protect our eyes from coronavirus?

The eyes could play a really important role in the spread and prevention of coronavirus outbreaks for one simple reason: we touch them a lot, often without realising it. And this is especially true if you wear contact lenses – and now is the time to be really responsible when it comes to routine contact lens care!

The eyes and nose are also susceptible to bacteria and infection, as is the mouth… and unfortunately that’s why masks aren’t exactly effective. Especially as we keep touching our face to put it on without washing our hands.

Tips for preventing coronavirus:

  • If you are a contact lens wearer, now might be the time to opt for glasses, although we don’t have studies that show that people who wear glasses are less at risk, wearing glasses would limit the frequency of touching your face.
  • Always disinfect your glasses and eyeglass lenses. Some viruses can remain on hard surfaces for hours, and can be transferred to the eyeglass wearer’s fingers and faces. This is especially true for those who need reading glasses and may take them off and put them on their face several times a day.
  • We recommend disposable contact lenses as an extra precaution for lens wearers. They are more hygienic and easier to care for, reducing the risk of transmission.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, contact lens container or lens solution container if your hands are not washed.
  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. This is especially important after coughing and sneezing, before and after applying contact lenses, before putting on your glasses!
  • Avoid contact with sick people, because even if they don’t have coronavirus, they could still transmit a cold that lowers your immune system! The same goes for you: if you’re sick, stay home!
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects you touch often!
Remember!

Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after being in a public place or after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing.

If soap and water are not available, use a sanitiser containing at least 60% alcohol, rubbing your hands until they become dry.

Bonus

How do you know it’s been 20 seconds? You can try singing a favourite refrain, such as:

Mambo number 5 – Lou Bega

„A little bit of Monica in my life / a little bit of Erica by my side / a little bit of Rita is all I need / a little bit of Tina is what I see / a little bit of Sandra in the sun / a little bit of Mary all night long / a little bit of Jessica, here I am / a little bit of you makes me your man”.

Keratoconus

WHAT IS KERATOCONUS?

Keratoconus is a degenerative disease of the eyeball characterised by a thinning and deformation of the cornea into a cone shape. The cornea plays an essential role in the mechanism of vision, as it is the first medium through which light rays enter our eyes. Its unevenness deflects the rays away from the eye and vision will be distorted.

The disease can affect one or both eyes in 1 in 1000 people and generally starts in adolescence or after the age of 20. The causes are still unknown. But studies have shown that a combination of environmental factors (such as excessive eye rubbing, allergies), some genetic diseases (such as Down’s syndrome, Marfan syndrome or Ehlers-Danlos syndrome) and a lack of important anchoring fibres that structurally stabilise the cornea can lead to keratoconus.

Early signs of keratoconus are blurred vision and the need for frequent diopter changes. Other symptoms include: increased sensitivity to light, difficulty driving at night, halos and glare around artificial light sources, eye fatigue, headaches. In more severe cases, vision can no longer be corrected with glasses or soft contact lenses. Astigmatism is often present.

For most keratoconus patients, the basic treatment is optical correction with rigid contact lenses. These do not take on the shape of the cornea like soft contact lenses and allow light rays to project more clearly onto the retina. The result is the regaining of visual acuity and slowing of disease progression.

Very useful is corneal crosslinking, indicated to slow or stop the progression of the disease. It is a non-invasive procedure that involves treating the eyes with riboflavin and vitamin B2 drops and exposing the cornea for 15-30 minutes to UV-A rays. The treatment induces natural collagen bonds in the corneal fibres to prevent them from weakening. This phenomenon also occurs naturally as the cornea ages, but the treatment accelerates this process and intensifies it.

The benefits are many:

  • improves corneal qualities (strength, rigidity, biomechanical stability),
  • prevents disease progression and further deterioration of vision,
  • improves the wear of rigid contact lenses,
  • postpones the need for corneal transplantation.

As there are no specific manifestations of the disease and all the symptoms presented can be associated with other eye problems, regular eye check-ups are recommended for a correct diagnosis.

Our advice: Don’t let keratoconus progress to the final stage! Because of the high degree of corneal thinning, surgery becomes more complicated, the healing period longer, the restoration of visual acuity slower.

By intervening in the early stages, up to 98% of visual acuity is restored, while avoiding the possibility of reaching the acute phase of keratoconus, where there is a risk of losing the eye as an organ.

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