Our different social roles – an employee, a friend, a son, a boyfriend, etc. have all been blurred in the context of places where we best enjoy these roles. Where we used to hold coffee meetings with clients, enjoy the park with friends, attend church with our family, etc. Now everything is mostly done on Zoom. No thanks to the pandemic!
With the consistent use of video chat, it has made our eyes strained, our backs sore, and even the most tech-savvy among us are tired of staring at a screen.
How do we deal with Zoom fatigue? We at GoHuntr has listed practical solutions for you below:
1) Get blue light glasses. Protect your eyes from the light of your gadget.
2) Take outdoor walks in between video calls. Stand beneath a tree in the morning. Walk barefoot on grass. If you live in a busy city, indoor plant gardening can be a simple movement activity to help relax you.
3) Learn to say no when possible. Self-care is very important, saying no will help you recharge.
4) Take a voice call instead. Go back to the basics and let your eyes rest.
5) Set fixed hours and create a structure. Tune your body to differentiate resting from screen-time. After a video call, resist the urge to scroll through social media.
6) Email isn’t so bad at all. If things can be discussed through an email, do that instead.
7) Stick to one platform if you can. Zoom call, Facetime, Whatsapp video call. Decide and focus on one.
8) Create a practical and efficient working space. Get a back cushion. A footrest. A bright space. Tidy it up.
9) Practice active listening. Lessen staring at yourself on the screen!
10) Meditate. Try to meditate before a video meeting and focus on core-centric breathing.
11) Relax. For every twenty minutes staring at a screen, relax your eyes and open a window, stare at something outside. The cars moving, the man on his bike, the children playing.
12) Use both mindfulness and productivity apps to help you monitor your technology activities. It will teach you to cut back on unnecessary time spent.
13) Hydrate! Don’t forget to have water nearby. Even with just sitting, our brains get fatigued from all those conversations. Water will help refresh you.
14) Move, move, move. Google exercises you can do with your work chair. Stand up and stretch. Do a quick set of jumping jacks.
Hope these help you out!
Work is work is work. It’s the hand that feeds us. It’s a blessing. But sometimes, it can be a curse especially when it turns toxic that the salary you get, no matter how big or small, will never be enough to compensate for the ill feelings. Everyone is replaceable at work – that’s the honest truth. It is up to the individual to find work-life harmony, and to get there, is to quit being in-denial of toxicity.