Getting tired, bored after months of working from home? You might be suffering from ‘Zoom fatigue’

Zoom calls have become more popular due to pandemic

Getting tired and bored after months of working from home? You might be suffering from "Zoom Fatigue"

ORLANDO, Fla. (Ivanhoe Newswire) – Videoconferencing platforms including the popular “Zoom” have taken over the corporate world. While they’ve allowed co-workers to safely communicate during a pandemic, there can be some downsides.

Zoom has become a way of life for millions of working Americans. But after months of sitting in front of a screen, many employees are getting tired and bored. It’s a phenomenon dubbed “Zoom fatigue.”

“It’s really bad for our mental health to constantly be plugged in,” said A.J. Marsden, PhD, a psychologist at Beacon College.

Experts say don’t let up. First: resist the urge to stay in your pajamas all day. In one study, researchers found that dressing more formally for work led to higher levels of abstract, big-picture thinking. Also, if you can, schedule ten-minute breaks every hour. If you’re sitting for long periods of time, try standing up every 30 minutes. To protect your eyes from strain, try the 20-20-20 rule where every 20 minutes, you take 20 seconds to look at something 20 feet away.

Make sure you have a comfortable, ergonomic chair. Also, improving how you look on zoom may energize you. Experts say to line your camera up to your eye level and invest in a ring zoom light. If you look good, you’ll feel better.

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