How to Reduce Zoom Fatigue

How to Reduce Zoom Fatigue

By Ishma Alvi

There are ways to reduce the impact of this brand of fatigue (learn more here) and some of these are outlined below.

Recognize over-arching issues that have been the result of working from home- the key one being that work-life boundaries have become more permeable and there is a tendency to work longer hours. Being mindful and therefore more structured around work and life ‘times’ can be helpful in minimizing time spent on screens, generally. This can be especially important with regard to ensuring there is at least a 3-hour gap between your last videoconference meeting and bedtime.

Where and when possible, limit videoconferencing outside of the necessary- try using the telephone for meetings. For social engagements, try the same-using the phone more and videoconferencing less.  And also, where safe and permissible, engage in social-distancing-responsible meet-ups. Such as socially distanced walks- or over-the-fence or across-the-drive-way chats and meetups with friends. Swap videoconference workouts for audio workout guides or even written workout guides at least some of the days in the week.

Alongside managing videoconferencing use, try to be more conscious of screen/device use in general. For example, try to minimize the use of a screen as a basis of entertainment- you are already using it for work and socializing, try not to use it for downtime. Try reading a book, painting, knitting, colouring or sewing instead.

Take eye-breaks between videoconferencing sessions- stop completely, step away from the screen (and if possible, leave the room and go outside-fresh air and a change of environment is a bonus!) and cup your eyes with your hands. Try to hold your fingers to block out the light as completely as possible, with your palms forming a ‘seal’ around your eye-socket (with no pressure on the eye itself, please!). Then open your eyes inside your palms and look in to that darkness you’ve created. This will give your eyes some much needed rest, especially from the particular quality of light those devices emit.

When in a videoconferencing meeting, if and where possible, look away from the screen and take physical notes. This will not only help with your retention of the information, but will also give your eyes and brain much needed respite and may help you focus better.

It is important to recognize that, as with anything, being mindful of balanced use of a tool is an essential part in ensuring any negative impacts are minimized.

Stay healthy, stay safe!

This blog was written by Ishma Alvi. To learn more about Ishma’s experience, click here. Or to book an appointment to see her, or one of the other Psychologists at Vida click here.

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