Zoom Fatigue and What You Can Do About It

Even though this is my third quarter of remote learning, I have had to be on Zoom now more than ever. Between lectures, sections, and weekly seminars, most of my days are spent looking at my split-screened laptop, with Zoom open on one side and Google Docs on the other. By the end of the day, sometimes I feel more drained than when school was in-person. This new
Zoom Fatigue, or tiredness and burnout associated with overusing video conferencing, is something that many students have experienced due to the abrupt transition to remote learning. Due to the extra cognitive effort and awareness needed while operating Zoom and the overall sedentary nature of remote learning, it’s no wonder why most of us are feeling this way. 

In looking for ways to combat this fatigue, I researched and found some practices that sound pretty promising! Below are the ones that stuck out to me: 

  1. Avoid Multitasking: Next time you are on Zoom for a lecture, section, or meeting, close any extra tabs that might distract you. That way, you won’t add onto the already fairly high cognitive cost required of you. I know how tempting it can be to respond to emails or check new announcements on Gauchospace while you’re already on a browser, but this hack can help with staying present and attentive. 

  2. Build in Breaks: If you have the ability to make your own schedule, space out your synchronous classes to allow yourself time to recharge. This might be something to keep in mind when picking classes for next quarter! But for days when you can’t avoid back-to-back Zoom calls, use the 10-15 minutes between classes to walk around a bit or grab a snack. 

  3. Hide “Self-View”: One of the things that contributes to our feeling of being always “on” in video calls is the fact that we can always see the view from our own camera. To minimize this feeling, turn on your camera as usual, and then hide self-view. Others will see you, but you won’t constantly be reminded of that fact. This can help you to feel less self-conscious on video calls.

  4. Practice Mindfulness: Do some 2-3 minute meditations to help you recenter after a long Zoom call. UCSB Wellness has lots of great resources available on the topic! Also, taking a couple deep breaths when needed can be just as effective!

Above all, remember to be kind to yourself! I hope you get a chance to try some of these tips out to tackle Zoom Fatigue!


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Allie Diaz

CLAS Central