This is not an April fools joke, zoom fatigue is real! Over the past 2 years our lives have changed, in some cases we have learned to work smarter and are happier working from home, however living our lives via zoom has also taken its toll on a lot of us. Zoom fatigue symptoms can include:

  • eye fatigue
  • headaches
  • blurred vision

So in this video / blog I thought I would offer some zoom fatigue tips.

If you would prefer to read about it, please scroll down below the video.

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Zoom Fatigue Symptoms – Video Transcript

There are no doubt many reasons why we feel tired all the time, but right now I wonder if it’s because of our new way of communication via Zoom or some other tech platform you might use.

Who knew we would be relying on living our lives via a screen, apart from social media, that is.  Thank goodness for this technology, but it can also be a curse on our wellbeing.

Zoom exhaustion is real and all consuming, because when it is the only way to communicate, for work, with friends and family, both locally and from around the world, it can be a challenge to our wellbeing.

There is a double edged sword with being online with Zoom.

It’s great being able to be connected, but I find that I am putting soooo much more of myself into each conversation, and can end up feeling really tired after too many hours spent on face to face virtual conversations.

Another thing I find strange, is the feeling of being both connected and disconnected at the same time. And I know I am not alone in this strange feeling.

Now that most of us are back in the ‘office’, the advantage of zoom, is, that we can use a combination of face to face communication, or we can use zoom.  I know lots of people who are very happy to continue to have meetings via Zoom as it is time and money saving. However there is a different quality to our attention when we are online. I find I have to be hyper-focused on what I hear, as I don’t find it as easy or free flowing as a face to face conversation. I also am hyper-vigilant on line watching for visual cues that I would normally easily pick up from a full range of body language.

And then, if you are on a zoom meeting with lots of people, you have to keep an eye on everyones body language, and its easy to loose track of what is being said when there is so much demand on all your senses

Having too many things to focus on can leave us feeling over-stimulated, something like feeling tired and wired at the same time. A n d… there was no human to human contact, which we all crave, so this situation really does have a double edged sword.

So how can we find a balance between feeling connected and disconnected?

Here’s a couple of online fatigue tips

I like to make a Zoom nest, so I prepare my seat, make sure I am comfortable, and have everything around you that I need, like water, pen and paper, or tissues or whatever else is required for your time online.

Then once you are settled, take a few nice deep breaths, and be aware of where you are:

  • sitting on a chair
  • in the room that you are in
  • in the house that you are
  • feel your feet on the ground
  • your body on the chair

In other words just being really present before the meeting starts.

Assuming the meeting is a work meeting, or perhaps an online course, as opposed to a webinar where there is a gazillion people, when the meeting starts take the time to engage properly and greet whoever is on line, and don’t be tempted to blank your screen, if someone has taken the time to set up the meeting the least we can do is give them our attention, and feel the connection with the person, and also collectively with the group.

When I was first using zoom I did find myself sneakily looking at my phone at the same time, and then I missed out on something that I wanted to know about, so I didn’t do that again, either I attend to what is in front of me, or I don’t attend.

What’s the message?

Give the on-line meeting the same amount of respect as you would a face to face one.

And now it’s confession time, I have been known to nod off, fingers crossed no-one noticed. So I now make sure that I can stand up to give myself a break, and still be seen, and can continue to take part in the meeting, and just to make sure I am not being disrespectful, I put a note in the chat to say what I am doing.

We need to remember that this is still a relatively new situation, between connection and disconnection, or presence and absence, whichever description works for you. I can get a bit frustrated with this tech stuff that sometimes doesn’t behave, but having said that I am really grateful for it, as I would be a lot poorer emotionally speaking if I couldn’t have this virtual connection at my fingertips.

Apart from managing my energy levels during on line meetings or courses, there are others ways of supporting yourself, like getting out into nature, breathing exercises, self care and journalling.

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