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A lot of people are dealing with Zoom fatigue (sometimes called virtual fatigue). It refers to the exhaustion that many experience after several video calls or conferences on Zoom.
What is Zoom Fatigue?
This is a common phenomenon known as “Zoom Fatigue” – similar to what we tend to think about when talking about burnout or exhaustion in general. This feeling can be very hard on those who work from home by themselves all day long without breaks.
Research has shown that the average person spends four hours and forty minutes a day in front of one or more screens. This is an increase from only two hours during the same period. It’s not surprising, then, that many people report feeling tired after working at their computers all day long – there are actually medical terms for this phenomenon!
A clearer Scenario…
It’s 11:00 PM and you’re in the middle of a conference call with your team Zoom. You’ve been talking for over an hour, but it feels like time is moving slower than ever. You notice that people are starting to yawn and look at their phones while they wait for your next words.
Every day more than 2 million professionals participate in video conferences from home offices or remote locations, which means we all have to deal with the same problems as those on-site employees including fatigue from sitting too long without any breaks throughout a meeting.
Did you know? Studies show that after just two hours, most adults experience some level of cognitive impairment due to lack of movement, causing them to lose concentration and focus during meetings.
What are the symptoms?
Have you ever been to a video conference and felt your eyes hurt? Maybe you were trying to read the screen content from an angle or that the glare of your laptop was too much for you.
Zoom fatigue is characterized by dizziness, nausea, and trouble focusing on close-up objects. Another symptom of Zoom fatigue is the inability to concentrate or easily forgetting things. Other symptoms are getting frustrated, Insomnia, migraine, muscle tension and more.
The “zoom” function in digital devices can be quite tiring for the eyes to constantly focus when zooming in or out of a device. This problem gets worse with the prolonged use of a device.
Here are some tips that may help:
1. Schedule your meetings
Make sure that all of your meetings is properly scheduled and that they are not more than an hour long. There are negative associations with different technologies, but you can deal with by trying to use the platform is a positive way, for example, you can watch a movie together on Zoom with a best friend or communicate with families on the app.
2) You can turn off the video
In some instances you do not have to keep your video on the Zoom call, you can turn off the video while still maintaining a voice chat. In some situations, video conferencing is not necessary, so you can turn the video off to be more efficient.
Taking good care of yourself is another way to deal with Zoom Fatigue. Get plenty of sleep, drink lots of water, and exercise regularly
Make sure you take time for yourself every day without looking at a screen. Take care of your mental health by not overbooking yourself or filling up all your free time on social media
Don’t take on too much, and take it a day at a time.
4) Rest your eyes muscles
Another way to combat Zoom Fatigue is by taking care of your eyes. You can do this by resting and relaxing them, blinking often, and not looking at screens for too long.
5) Make your Meetings Shorter
Instead of having a long meeting, check-in with your team every now and then to get their input.
Meetings can be hard on us all. But if you’re sitting in front of a computer screen for hours at a time, your body needs some downtime to recharge and recoup from the stress you’ve been putting it under.
Make sure that when video conferences come to an end, they do so five minutes early with everyone standing up ready to stretch their legs or walk around; this will help get those blood pumping again!
You don’t need any downtime more than what’s natural — just give yourself 10 minutes after each meeting before diving into work once again.
6) What if it doesn’t have to be a meeting?
Zoom can be used for one-on-ones, not just meetings. If you’re leading a team or doing any kind of video chat with the boss or clients from afar, Zoom is great for staying connected without having to travel and spend time away from your desk.
But we shouldn’t be too excited by making it all meetings and conferences over Zoom, there are other less stressful ways to communicating values and ideas within the team, for example, you can use email, Slack, and other workplace collaboration tools.
7) Limit the time per day on Zoom
You should also limit the time, you spend on the app daily, if possible you can cut the time spent on Zoom daily to around 3 hours or less.
8) Observe short breaks to Move Around
Don’t just sit in one place for an hour; take short breaks to move around and get your blood moving.
A new kind of meeting, the walk, and talk is quickly becoming popular. This type of meeting works well with small groups of no more than three people in size when all participants call into a conference line from their phones to go for walks while they meet.
It’s most successful because it allows everyone to get up on their feet and take breaks as needed without having them miss anything that was said by someone else who may be talking at the same time or later in sequence order so long as those spaces are built-in between speakers such as within a timer set for 15 minutes where each person has 5 minutes per hour allocated or there can also be specified natural pauses like after an anecdote ends which you might introduce saying “now I’ll tell my story.”
Now that you know the science, it’s time to take action. Here are some ways to help combat zoom fatigue and make your days productive.