Tips for dealing with Zoom exhaustion
Here is a helpful article from Mindful about how to deal with Zoom exhaustion, by Steve Hickman, executive director of the Center for Mindful Self-Compassion. In it, he describes feeling both connected but disconnected at the end of Zoom meetings. His tips:
- Take a few moments before clicking “start” to settle and ground your attention. Take a few breaths, notice what is present in your mind and allow yourself to arrive fully to the moment at hand.
- Take the time to truly greet whoever is in the room with your full attention. Offer your attention to each face that appears in the Zoom meeting to feel that you’re in the presence of the other person.
- Choose “speaker view.” In speaker view, the one person who is speaking is at the centre, while others are more peripheral. In Gallery View, you’re tracking an array of all the faces in the meeting.
- Resist the urge to multitask. Focus your attention on the meeting at hand.
- Try to take measured breaks between sessions.
- Remind yourself periodically that this is a new place between presence and absence. It is better than absence and not quite as resonant as presence.