Zoom Fatigue - Making virtual calls more bearable.
Updated: Nov 18, 2020
Virtual meetings have become more common these days especially when it comes to distant working and educational purposes, and it’s extremely exhausting. Spending too much time on virtual calls can cause fatigue – or what people call Zoom fatigue- You may wonder, “What is Zoom fatigue?”, it is a term people use to show their exhaustion from all the video calls they attend on a daily basis.
A huge number of people (especially students and workers) have been experiencing increasing exhaustion from all the constant video calls, but it’s not just because of work or school, it’s also because it’s the only way to communicate with friends and family due to the fact that global lock-down has everyone staying at home and practicing social distancing measures. Although it’s called “Zoom fatigue”, it still applies to other platforms used for virtual calls such as Skype, Microsoft Teams, FaceTime, Slack, and so on.
Here are some tips you can follow to make these calls a little bit tolerable and bearable:
Move around and take some breaks
It’s crucial to have breaks throughout the day, and while taking the break, keep in mind that you need to move your body - this is very important considering most of our time is spent sitting in front of our laptops with very little movement. So, try to take five to ten minutes every now and then to move around your room, stretch or take a walk around the neighborhood if possible.
Cut down any distractions
Try to stay away from any distractions. Close any extra tabs on your laptop and try to sit in a room without any source of noise or distractions. Moreover, to keep yourself more focused during the class, turn off your phone notifications and try to put a plain background on your video call.
Set aside screen-free time
Plan some time during the day away from the screen. Read a book, pray, go for a walk, meditate, bake some cookies, cook your favorite meal, do anything for self-care and focus on relaxing your body and mind after a day full of constant virtual calls and working.
Decline any optional video calls
Whenever you have the option to keep your camera off during a virtual call, take it! Try to keep your camera off whenever possible because it helps decrease the stress of video calls.
Now that Zoom fatigue is becoming a phenomenon spreading across the world and many people are experiencing it, we would like to hear your feedback and input on this topic! Did Zoom fatigue ever affect you? Share your experience in the comments down below!