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Zoom Fatigue

Zoom Fatigue

With the advent of Covid-19, we are all too familiar with a zoom meeting...whether that is for business or for personal reasons. We are using video conferencing in ever increasing ways. It isn't just Zoom - it could be video conferencing on Google Meet, Microsoft Teams, Skype, FaceTime or WhatsApp.



Now researchers at Stanford University have provided the first peer-reviewed article to analyse zoom fatigue. Professor Jeremy Bailenson, founding director of the Stanford Virtual Human Interaction Lab, has described the psychological impact of spending hours every day on these interfaces.
A majority of my work now is video consultations or e-consults, and when I am not doing this I talk to family and friends on apps due to covid-19. Though there are large benefits with this lifestyle, there are issues. Some of my patients are discussing increasing indigestion, weight gain and lethargy from this lifestyle.

Here are my top 4 tips to improve your ‘zoom fatigue’:

Every 30 minutes to 1 hour get up and go for a walk

No seriously, get up out of that chair and walk around - not to the biscuit tin for tea and biscuits - go outside if you can for a minute; walk up and down some stairs; do some stretches or just focus on mindful walking. This simple idea will break your screen time, move your tired muscles and rejuvenate you. Set an alarm or reminder on your computer or phone to help you.

Switch off the video

Switching off the video screen and talking on audio is a great way to stop yourself on the screen. Furthermore, they have recommended turning yourself away from the screen to enable some distancing from the computer.

Change your space

I know it’s not always practical but changing your environment can have an impact on the way you’re feeling
a) move rooms - ideally keep your work and bedroom separately
b) consider changing your laptop or computer

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