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The Relaxation Response Rests in the Periphery

Updated: Apr 23, 2023

Stress is a natural response to challenging or threatening situations, and it can have both positive and negative effects on our bodies and minds. However, prolonged stress can lead to negative health outcomes, including anxiety, depression, and other mental health disorders. Fortunately, there are techniques that we can use to reduce the stress response and promote relaxation. One such technique is widening our perception by focusing on peripheral vision.

Peripheral vision is the ability to see objects and movement outside of our central field of vision. When we focus on our peripheral vision, we expand our awareness and take in more of our environment. This has been found to be an effective way to reduce stress and promote relaxation.


When we are stressed, our bodies enter into a fight-or-flight response, which prepares us to respond to perceived threats. This response is triggered by the release of stress hormones, including adrenaline and cortisol, which can have negative effects on our bodies and minds when they are chronically elevated. Focusing on our peripheral vision can help to reduce the stress response by shifting our attention away from the source of our stress and activating the parasympathetic nervous system, which is responsible for promoting relaxation and rest.


To practice widening your perception through peripheral vision, find a comfortable spot where you can sit or stand without distractions. Relax your gaze and allow your eyes to rest on a point directly in front of you. Without moving your eyes, begin to become aware of your peripheral vision, noticing the objects and movement at the edges of your vision. Stay with this practice for a few minutes, noticing any changes in your feelings of stress and relaxation.


Widening our perception by focusing on peripheral vision is an effective way to reduce stress and promote relaxation. By shifting our attention away from the source of our stress and activating the parasympathetic nervous system, we can reduce the negative effects of chronic stress on our bodies and minds. Try practicing peripheral vision as a relaxation technique to reduce stress and increase feelings of calm.

If you're interested in exploring further ways to reduce stress and promote relaxation, consider scheduling a free consultation to learn more. Practicing peripheral vision is just one technique that can make a significant difference in your overall well-being. I can help you tailor a customized plan to address your specific needs and goals. Don't hesitate to reach out and take the first step towards a more peaceful and balanced life.

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