How to Recharge After a Full Day of Zoom Calls
We’ve gathered the best ways to avoid fatigue and recharge at the end of the day, so if you’re tired of virtual meetings, this article is for you!
It’s no secret that Zoom calls and virtual meetings can be extremely draining, but for better or for worse, they’re now a permanent fixture in our day-to-day work lives. As we incorporate this new form of communication into our days, we also need to make sure we include time for self-care in order to prevent burnout. We’ve gathered the best ways to avoid fatigue and recharge at the end of the day, so if you’re tired of virtual meetings, this article is for you!
Save Your Energy During the Zoom Meeting
While there are many ways you can recharge after a day full of Zoom meetings, the best way to prevent fatigue and burnout is to save your energy in the first place. It can be tempting to send out a few emails or work on your latest project while you’re in a virtual meeting, but when you’re trying to work and focus on your colleagues at the same time, you’ll exhaust yourself twice as quickly. Avoid multitasking and eliminate any possible distractions like incoming emails, calls, or texts. You can also hide your own video feed or adjust your settings to show only the speaker rather than every participant. When only one person can be seen at a time, you’ll avoid overstimulation by having less to focus on.
Limit Your Screen Time for the Rest of the Day
Part of the reason Zoom calls are so exhausting is because you’re staring at your computer screen all day. Give your eyes and brain a rest by limiting your screen time for the rest of the day. When you finish your calls, don’t immediately reach for your phone or queue up Netflix. Instead, grab a book or spend some time listening to music.
Spend Time Outside
We’re constantly told about the healing power of nature, but how often do we actually spend time outdoors? Whether you’re exercising or enjoying dinner on the patio at your favorite restaurant, being outdoors can be incredibly refreshing.
Plan Something to Look Forward to at the End of the Day
Schedule time with your friends or family after your workday, so you have something to look forward to. Knowing that you’ll be rewarded with fun conversation and company after your stressful, tiring day, will keep you motivated during your calls and help you recharge afterward. Even if you’re just talking to someone on the phone, having a fun conversation (that didn’t take place over a screen), can be so energizing.
Take Some Time to be Creative
We can’t all be artists, but there’s nothing stopping you from having a little creative time for yourself. Dedicate some time to journaling, painting, baking, or even creating a playlist. The result doesn’t have to be perfect as long as the process relaxes or re-energizes you.
At the end of the day, our mental and physical health is what’s most important. Days and days of Zoom calls and other virtual work are bound to take their toll, so it’s crucial to make time for self care. Whether it’s taking a walk or treating yourself to a delicious meal, make sure to do something nice for yourself at the end of a tough day to avoid burnout and unnecessary stress.
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