If you’ve begun working from home since COVID-19, you’re probably making use of video chat platforms like Zoom, Skype, or FaceTime to communicate with coworkers, report to your boss, and maybe even meet with clients. Video calls are a great way to maintain professional connections and get your work done during lockdown, but they can be taxing on the brain. Since COVID-19, increasing numbers of people are reporting “Zoom Fatigue”—a feeling of exhaustion, anxiety, or worry associated with too many video calls. Here are a few simple tips to help you combat Zoom fatigue:
Get Up and Move
Sitting still for an extended period of time while you take in information can be exhausting. If your mind starts to wander, ask your boss or coworker if you can stand up and stretch for a minute or two.
Reduce Onscreen Distractions
There’s a lot happening onscreen, especially if you’re on a group call, so try to reduce distractions as much as possible. Turn off notifications, use a neutral background, and try changing your settings so you can’t see your own face on the screen. Reducing onscreen distractions will allow your brain to focus on what it needs to at the time.
Video calls don’t need to be the default for every communication. Try using them only when needed. Pay attention to how you’re feeling, and if you think you’re experiencing Zoom fatigue, ask if you can call or text someone rather than chatting over video. They may be relieved you asked!
Video calls are a great tool for working from home. Although Zoom fatigue is a reality, by understanding it and following a few basic steps, you can make technology work for you while teleworking during COVID-19.