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Zoom fatigue is real and it could last for years: Here's how we'll deal with it

Too frequent video conferencing can cause "Zoom Fatigue," as it's now known.

For many people who used to work in offices, video conferencing programs have become the default platforms for socially distant human engagement. Even once the pandemic is over, some businesses are pledging to offer remote work as an option. However, after more than a year of living and working online, society is coping with distinct exhaustion known as "Zoom fatigue."

There's no denying that working from home has its advantages: no need to worry about a traffic jam, more time being at home, and simply more access to online conferences. Teleworking has also enabled important pandemic-related work.

People report feeling confined in one location during video conversations in order to keep in view of the webcam, which increases stress levels.

The researchers discovered that many video conferencing solutions default to showing users their own video window and that this persistent, real-time reflection can create mirror anxiety. This disease is characterized by a distressing sense of self-consciousness that results in distractions and is even linked to depression and anxiety.

Here are the lists of things that you can do to cope up with it:

1. Prepare for Video Conferencing Meetings by Grounding Yourself

Grounding isn't only beneficial when anxiety kicks in. Grounding strategies can use any of your senses to bring you back to the present now, which can be beneficial while dealing with exhausting encounters. It is best to be mindful of your environment and surroundings before starting any conferences, this could also help in reducing anxiety or stress levels.

2. Take frequent short breaks

Staring at the screen for too long might also be exhausting. Before and after video conferencing calls, you might want to get up and stretch, as well as practice deep breathing. As a result, it may be beneficial to schedule meetings for less time in order to allow for those much-needed cognitive breaks.

3. When You're Tired, Speak Up for Yourself

When you are anxious or exhausted during the virtual conference, you may need to inform your colleagues that you require a break. Setting boundaries, or letting others know your wants and limits, can be stressful at first, but it will be well worth and beneficial in the long run.

4. Be open to taking outdoor activities

Taking a step outside your house is one approach to get out of the virtual world. While most people still feel unsafe outside, it is still a good idea to get some fresh air and reconnect with nature. We all need a break now and then.

Take care of your mental and physical health, they are your best assets.

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