A recent survey carried out by Get Living has revealed that 42% of people working from home are suffering from ‘Zoom fatigue,’ with 53% of 2,000 UK adults reporting that video calls make them feel overwhelmed by work at least once a week.*
While Zoom fatigue is not a formal diagnosis, it has become a very real problem for many who have had to adjust to working remotely during the pandemic, and feels similar to burnout.
Burnout refers to a collection of symptoms. If you are experiencing burnout you may feel completely exhausted, have little motivation for your job, feel irritable, or anxious and you may see a dip in your work performance. Some people also experience physical symptoms like headaches or stomach aches, or have trouble sleeping [source: Mind].
More than ever in the past year at Get Living, our teams have been focused on supporting the wellbeing of people living and working in our neighbourhoods.
From curating virtual events and covid-safe experiences, to ensuring our outdoor spaces remain places to enjoy and connect with nature. From making more communal workspaces available to evolving our virtual assistant EVIE** so that we’re always on hand to offer advice and information.
The experts at Mind have created a whole host of useful resources around working remotely throughout the pandemic and beyond, which can be found on their website including a Wellness Action Plan to support your mental health and wellbeing when working from home.
Specifically around burnout, Mind says it’s important to spot early warning signs and take time to relax and unwind to prevent it developing. Some helpful tips include:
Call Mind on 0300 123 3393 for information and advice on mental health problems
For immediate support, the Samaritans listening service is open 24/7 365 days on 116 123.
*Censuswide surveyed 2,000 UK adults in March 2021.
** The Get Living Assistant is available through Google Assistant on your smart phone or Google Home device when you say “Hey Google, talk to Get Living.” If you tell Evie you’re struggling working from home she’ll signpost you to Mind resources.
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