Feeling like having a hangover 5 days a week? Well, we might have the answer: you’re probably zoom fatigued.
Yes, just like Mask-ne, Zoom Fatigue is a totally new concern that has evolved in the past months due to the pandemic and long lockdown. According to Goop, this can be referred “to the mental exhaustion associated with online video conferencing.” So how does it happen? It is not just created from the 1:1 calls that you’re having every day, but to the whole organisation behind which makes it exhausting and tiring.
First, you need to find the right time to plan a professional or personal call in your busy schedule. Not only you already have 10 calls planned for the day, but you have to coordinate with your flatmate to ensure that (1) you’re not using the full power of the WiFi (please tell me it’s a thing otherwise it means by connection is poop) (2) you’re using the “calm” space in your house/flat where, under the new lockdown laws, NO ONE can disturb you. That’s already stressful.
Then, since we are working from home and technically there’s nowhere to be we are bouncing from one call to another which means we don’t get any little breaks. Remember the fun times where you met the person in a nice coffee shop? Just the fact that we had to get to the destination (ok, not always fun) and be in a totally new setting was refreshing. Right now, the only walk that you have everyday is to get from one room to another.
Finally, because Zoom Calls are way more focused on work ( adios little 15min chat about each other lives) we deep dive straight in the main subject which means our stress levels are high all day long. Because of all those different factors, we become tired, dehydrated since we are forgetting to drink fluids, and 100% aware all the time as we need to look present and focused.
WHAT TO DO
A trick that someone gave us a month ago was to speak on Zoom only on speaker view, this actually helps to focus on the person who’s speaking rather than constantly checking every single face on the call. This also means that your attention goes to one single person and that you’re not trying to focus on different things at the same time: a breather for your brain.
We can’t repeat it enough but drink more water! It is so easy to drink two cups of coffee and completely forget about water especially with zoom calls since the day passes incredibly fast. Make sure to have a bottle of water next to you and sip on it when you can.
Internal dehydration = dehydrated skin. Therefore, make sure that your skincare regime is supporting your skin’s hydration level. Leveling up your skincare regime by adding a hydrating mist in-between your products will well to lock-in moisture. If you don’t already have it, get a hydrating serum containing hyaluronic acid this will help to feed the skin and plump it.
Take some breaks when you can, go for a little walk, yes even to get from one room to another, Try to get some fresh air and minimize screen time when you finish work.
PROTECT YOUR SKIN
Being 10 hours a day behind our screen always means that our skin is constantly impacted by blue light. Some dermatologists now believe that the effect of irradiation produced by those devices can have long-term impacts on the skin causing free radical damage, collagen degradation, as well as other factors that can lead to premature skin ageing (fine lines/wrinkles/etc.). However, this is still anecdotal and needs more back-up evidence. But if you want to take the ‘better safe than sorry’ standpoint, we don’t blame you ! Physical sunscreen such as zinc oxide or iron oxide can be very beneficial in blocking any type of UV rays. In addition, incorporating antioxidants such as Vitamin C & Vitamin E can also help to protect the skin.
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