Zoom Fatigue

Marissa Myers

Mar 24, 2022

With the recent rise in COVID cases, it seems more and more of us will continue to be desk-bound, working from home and likely connecting with colleagues by video conference. Over the past two years, many people reported “Zoom fatigue”, which describes the emotional, motivational, visual, social, and/or general fatigue that you may experience after a day of video conferencing.

Having provided 100% virtual sessions to my clients for the past year and a half or so, I’ve definitely noticed this phenomenon!

Here are some tips and tricks I’ve collected to cope with “Zoom fatigue”.

  1. Decrease the size of the chat window – this will decrease the size of the faces you see, which will feel more like real-world conditions. Nobody gets that up close and personal in real life! Another option is to move your chair away from the screen and use an external keyboard to create distance between yourself and the screen.

  2. Imagine walking around all day with a mirror in front of you, reflecting your every expression and perceived flaw back to you. Sounds exhausting and unnatural, right? Well, so is seeing yourself all day in video calls! Additionally, seeing yourself all day can cause social anxiety or negative self-talk to increase. Try turning off your self-view.

  3. Consider setting up an external camera that covers a space farther away from the computer screen, so that you can stand, pace, or stretch if needed. 

  4. Try turning off your camera sometimes if that’s a possibility for you. Alternatively, look away from the computer screen when it’s possible.

  5. Set a timer for every hour to remind yourself to get up, stretch, do some quick exercises, walk away from the computer, look out a window, etc. for five minutes or so. You can use your phone or smart watch, or select an online timer. 

  6. Try using a balance ball chair or putting a desk cycle under your desk so that you can get some movement in during the day. Another option is to keep resistance bands at your desk, which are quick and simple to use.

  7. Ensure that your back and neck are straight by adjusting the height of your monitor or of your desk chair. Neck strain can make you feel fatigued and give you wicked tension headaches.

  8. Plan for some gentle movement, exercise, meditation or mindfulness AWAY from a screen at the end of your day.

 

I hope that one or more of these helps you the way they’ve helped me!  

Yours truly in mental health,

Written by:

Marissa Myers

LPC

Mar 24, 2022

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