Eye twitching is actually very common. Virtually everyone gets affected by it at least once in his or her life. It is caused by the involuntary movement of the muscles in the eyelids. That’s why it’s also referred to as eyelid spasm. Generally it is not harmful, but it can be very annoying, even embarrassing.
The problem is caused by a lot of things. There may be some irritation in the eyes. If you lack sleep, if you have too much coffee, or if you’re under a lot of stress, your eyes may also twitch. It may also happen if you have been staring in the computer or television for too long. The eye twitches too if you’re suffering from epilepsy or a neurological disorder.
There’s also a direct correlation between the eyelid spasms and your emotions.
What is the relationship?
How do you know that you’re anxious, depressed, or under a high level of stress? It’s not just because you think about them but also because you experience the signs and symptoms. For example, you can say that you’re in a state of depression since you’re irritable, moody, and always sad.
Eye twitching is often associated with anxiety. If you’re about to speak in front of a large crowd, the eye twitch. If you’re facing your greatest source of fear, the eyelids may start to move uncontrollably too.
Thus, in cases when the movements are not caused by an illness, lack of sleep, overconsumption of coffee, or other factors, then they could have been caused by what you’re feeling at the moment.
What can you do?
You need to resolve all your negative emotions if you want to get rid of your eye twitching. There are two best ways on how you can do that.
First you look for a psychotherapist. You may have to go through a series of therapies that aim to change your bad habit, which is eye twitching, as well as to get rid of all the negative emotions that you’re feeling. For instance, if the cause is anxiety over public speaking, the therapist may provide you with scenarios where you’ll have to speak in front of an audience. He or she can coach you on how to face your fears and keep yourself calm when you’re speaking in public. This technique is often called exposure therapy.
Second, you can use a variety of affirmations or subliminal messages. These are usually tools used by therapists for cognitive behavior therapy, wherein you’re taught on how to transform negative thoughts into positive ones.
However, since you can already download these subliminal messages in the Internet, you can already practice the therapy all on your own.
If you’re feeling your anxiety or stress building up and your eyes start to twitch, just relax by breathing slowly and deeply, then listening to the affirmations. Some of the messages you can listen to include the following:
I am brave and strong.
I am confident on what I can do.
I can play with my strengths.