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Combatting Zoom Fatigue

In the current work-from-home environment, many professionals are feeling the effects of “Zoom fatigue.” There are several reasons why routine videoconferencing results in feelings of tiredness, including the intensity of close-up eye contact, increased sedentary time, and higher cognitive load experienced during video meetings. To support our faculty and staff in this new environment, here are some tips for fighting Zoom fatigue.

  • Avoid multitasking during video meetings.
  • Take mini breaks by minimizing the window during longer calls or looking away from the screen for a few seconds to refresh your view.
  • Build short breaks into your schedule by scheduling meetings for 55 minutes rather than the full hour, especially when you have back-to-back meetings.
  • Hide your own video from view so you are not distracted by watching yourself.
  • Don’t forget the effectiveness of phone calls or emails – not everything has to be a video call.
  • Get up and move in between video meetings. A quick walk around the (home) office or a few stretches can keep you more physically active throughout the day.
  • Put on your work clothes for office hours and save your comfort clothes for after the workday is done. Separating these two time periods with different outfits helps mentally solidify when you are working and when you can be at rest.
  • Reduce eye strain by doing blinking exercises and investing in blue light glasses.
  • Schedule “no meeting” time blocks to give you a break from video conferencing and allow you to focus on other work that needs to be done.
  • Always have an agenda to keep video meetings focused, on time, and on task.