Video conferencing has become a regular part of many workers’ daily schedules. It is no surprise that Zoom fatigue is getting common nowadays. Here are 5 simple ways to manage Zoom fatigue.
It is no surprise if you get tired after a long video Zoom meeting. Video conferencing can wear you down in a way that is different from physical meetings. To manage Zoom fatigue, Tom Merritt of TechRepublic recommends these 5 simple ways to do.
A paper has been published entitled: “Nonverbal Overload: A Theoretical Argument for the Causes of Zoom Fatigue”. Published in the journal “Technology, Mind, and Behaviour”, Stanford University’s scientists made a study on why video conferencing is draining. In that paper, the scientists presented 5 recommendations as ways to manage Zoom fatigue.
1. Hide-self-view to manage Zoom fatigue.
Staring at yourself in the video box can be awkward and annoying at times. It could be as annoying as putting a mirror in front of you anywhere you go. And the more you stare at yourself, the more you see imperfections that can affect your self-image. To avoid this, hide your self-view after setting up the camera accordingly.
2. Minimize the video window to make others smaller.
Sometimes it gets suffocating to stare at other people’s large faces on the screen. Try to make the video window smaller too at most a third of the screen. When faces are larger, you feel that they are too close and can be suffocating. When you minimize the video window, the virtual distance can create some space and can lighten up your mood.
3. Be prepared beforehand to manage Zoom fatigue.
Before logging in for the video conferencing, it would be good to prepare yourself beforehand. Turn on your camera to see how you look, including your background. If you don’t use a virtual background, it would be good to fix what can be seen on the screen. It will make you feel comfortable and better if you like the way you and your background look. And you can last longer with ease when you feel comfortable.
4. Switch off the camera during long meetings.
Every now and then, give yourself five minutes or so to move around. You can do stretching or light exercises to keep your blood circulation going. Some people feel that it is rude to switch off the camera. Afraid that others might think you are not giving attention to what is being talked about. If a prior agreement is done to keep turning on the camera throughout the meeting, then just ask politely.
5. Arrange with your co-workers to do more audio-only meetings.
For sure, not every meeting requires video. Start introducing and help the group to become more comfortable with just audio meetings. Of course, it is also not good to drastically shift without much consideration. Perhaps, you can start with video meetings and instead of putting the faces on the screen. Recommend to flash in the screen the discussion notes instead, while discussions continue. In no time, people will get used to discussing without seeing faces.