How to Cope with Zoom Fatigue and Burnout
Zoom fatigue is just as it sounds- that tiredness you feel from increased zoom calls that a global pandemic created for many. While being able to manage work remotely is important and likely here to stay for many, it's important to assess the ways in which you're using video conferencing sessions so you can avoid burnout.
You may not be able to control the number of zoom calls in your schedule, but it is possible to reduce your risk of Zoom fatigue.
Here are 3 strategies:
1. Avoid multitasking
It can be tempting to do something else during Zoom meetings, but it’s best to resist the urge.
Multitasking burns extra mental energy, which can leave you feeling frazzled.
It can also make you less effective in your work, as it affects your ability to focus on the tasks at hand.
Remove all distractions, such as your phone, and keep your browser windows closed to reduce the temptation to multitask.
2. Take short breaks
Taking breaks from long Zoom meetings is essential for your mental health.
Turn off your camera for a few moments so you can get up and move around. If you are able to, schedule 10–15-minute breaks throughout your workday so that you can get away from your desk and do something totally unrelated to work like calling a friend, going for a walk, or watching a funny YouTube video.
This is especially important on days when you have back-to-back meetings, block out at least a 10-minute break between them, if possible so you can prioritize your mental health.
3. Figure out a plan that works best for you
If you can have some control over your scheduling, try to figure out what works best for your schedule and for your mental health.
Maybe stacking all your important Zoom meetings at the beginning of the week works best for you. Or maybe you’d prefer to spread them throughout the week. That way, no single day feels overloaded.
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