Are you tired of Zooming?
Are you finding yourself feeling more exhausted than usual at the end of your
day? Feeling anxious, overwhelmed, or just generally drained of energy?
If so, you are not alone. And you could be struggling with what’s known as
“Zoom fatigue”, a result of the frequent calls and online meetings you’re having
to deal with.
How to overcome Zoom fatigue
You can adapt to these conditions by implementing a few simple practices that
keep you alert, attentive and well-rested.
Zoom calls (or any type of video call for that matter) are forcing us to focus
more intently on conversations so that we can absorb important information.
We also need to stare directly at a screen without getting any visual or mental
break, and that is tiring.
To make video calls less exhausting, try using a few of the following tips:
1. Avoid multitasking - Multitasking not only affects memory, it also makes
performing simple tasks harder and more taxing.
2. Turn off self-view - Knowing that your video is seen by others can
heighten your awareness of being visible, and that can induce anxiety
and make it difficult to focus.
3. Use the 20-20-20 rule - For every 20 minutes you spend looking at a
screen, take 20 seconds to look at something six meters away (20 feet).
4. Plan short breaks in between meetings and/or classes and webinars.
Stand up, stretch, close your eyes, or even take a short walk.
5. Schedule shorter meetings - keep meetings short and to-the-point if you
can. Not every Zoom needs to be an hour long!
The Brain and Zoom
“When we’re on Zoom ... the brain has to work overtime to process information.
It isn’t picking up the social cues it’s used to identifying [like hand movements,
body movements and even a person’s energy]. This places stress on the mind
and uses up a lot of energy.”
~ Dr Brian Wind, Vanderbilt University
Hi, I am Marion of Marion Metz Solutions