How to prevent ‘Zoom fatigue’ while working from home

April 12, 2021

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.

We’ve also been supporting the local services of mental health charity Mind, in areas close to our neighbourhoods (Salford, Southwark and Newham), helping fund important work in the wider community.

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:

  • Make sure you take your annual leave. A lot of us haven’t taken as much holiday from work as we normally do as we haven’t been able to travel, but time off is important even if you are just at home. It gives you an opportunity to relax and recharge
  • Get enough sleep. Turn off your screens and do something to relax before you go to bed at night. If your mental health is causing you to have problems falling asleep you may find Mind’s sleep tips useful
  • Try to finish work on time. Without the commute it’s easier to work late into the evening to try and get everything done. Once in a while this is ok, but try to make sure you finish work on time most days
  • Schedule in time for the things and people you love. Make time for relaxing, hobbies and calls with friends and family to give yourself something non-work related to look forward to
  • Ask for help if you need it. If you are struggling with burnout it may be beneficial to take a few days off work while you recover. You might want to talk to your manager about any issues you are facing at work – Mind’s Workplace Mental Health Guides can help.

Call Mind on 0300 123 3393 for information and advice on mental health problems

  • where to get help near you
  • treatment options
  • advocacy services

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.

Image credits: Chris Montgomery @ Unsplash

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