BBC.com recently published an article, Video chat is helping us stay employed and connected. But what makes it so tiring – and how can we reduce ‘Zoom fatigue.’
In the piece, Gianpiero Petriglieri, an associate professor at INSEAD, suggests that being on a video call requires more focus than a face-to-face chat. “Video chats mean we need to work harder to process non-verbal cues like facial expressions, the tone and pitch of the voice, and body language; paying more attention to these consumes a lot of energy.”
This sentiment combined with the pressure to “perform on-camera” can create anxiety around video calls for adults. But, this anxiety also applies to children who are now learning online.
Here are some quick tips to help children and families relieve “Zoom® fatigue:”
Only take or make video calls/conferences that are absolutely necessary.
While it’s fun and key to stay connected with family and friends during these times, it’s important to not overburden yourself or children with too many extra video calls.
In work-related situations, ask yourself, “is a video conference the most efficient option for a particular conversation or task.”
Sometimes a better option than a video conference is shared files with clear notes. This can also help avoid information overload.
At the start of the call, take a moment to catch up and check-in with one another.
Spend some time at the beginning of each video conference to actually check into people’s wellbeing.
Build transition periods in between video meetings.
This can help refresh us – try stretching, hydrating, or doing some lite exercise. Boundaries and transitions are important to help create buffers which allow us to breathe as we move between work and personal calls.