Ah yes, zoom fatigue. One of the newest phrases our world created during quarantine.
Now that working from home is more of a requirement than a perk, many professionals (including myself) are experiencing hours of staring and talking through a computer screen.
Even outside of virtual business meetings, many of us find ourselves FaceTiming, jumping on virtual happy hours, or just binge-watching Netflix. The pandemic has changed our personal and professional lifestyles. How we connect with friends, do our workout classes, do schoolwork pretty much relies on a phone or computer screen. Inevitably, we will all get drained of all these zoom meetings and virtual calls that take up more time than we’d prefer.
So, if you find yourself feeling unusually tired and disengaged at work, you’re not the only one. This strange new feeling is what professionals and students call “zoom exhaust” or “zoom fatigue.”
What is Zoom Fatigue?
From nine in the morning to five o’clock at night are eyes are glued to a screen. Most of us are also working from makeshift home offices, so that kitchen chair you’ve been sitting is probably doing a number on your lower back. On top of the body aches, you’re mentally burnt out after hours of sitting and working on your computer.
So now you’re probably wondering, “Well, how do we avoid screen fatigue if we can’t stop using our phones or computers?”
Here are some ways to avoid zoom and screen fatigue:
Before you start work
Your mood will seriously get boosted as soon as you walk outside. According to Luminohealth, “When in nature, people may experience a more positive mood and better cognitive function. Memory improves, as does the ability to focus. Some people also experience a boost in creativity.”
Simple activities like going out and grabbing a tea or coffee, stretching, and walking will help you focus before you even sit down.
After a morning meeting
Did I mention the constant body aches many remote workers are feeling? When you have a moment of silence, stand up and stretch, roll out your muscles, or meditate to avoid zoom fatigue.
Take a break
It’s easy to forget to take a break but set aside time to recharge with a healthy snack or meal. Run a few errands, call a friend, or my persona favorite, snuggle your pet!
3 o’clock hits, and you need to step away from the computer to avoid zoom fatigue. Boost your energy by doing simple tasks like tidying up your workspace, prepping for dinner, or just do something that makes you laugh. Take fifteen minutes to adjust and move around before you finish up your workday.
Sending video emails is an alternative to Zoom and Google Hangouts. A video email takes less than a few minutes to record and share. If you find yourself and your team becoming restless, try replacing your emails with a video. You’d be surprised how more effortless and more fun are sending a video than writing a boring plain-text email.
And shouldn’t we all try to make our jobs just a little bit easier? Say goodbye to zoom fatigue and give video email a try.
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