Conquering Zoom Fatigue

September 25, 2020

Micah Mabey
Staff Writer

   Have you gotten to that point in a day, after a FaceTime breakfast with your friends, a Zoom call for lunch, and a Skype interview in the evening where all you want to do is throw your head through the computer screen and pray that you’ll wake up back in your office where you can fall asleep during staff meetings and play sudoku in your cubicle?
   Well, there’s a term for that.
   “Zoom Fatigue,” otherwise known as “Screen Fatigue,” is a very real issue. In the age of COVID-19, we’re all experiencing it. So, what can you do about it?
I’m happy to give you some tips and tricks to help the days pass between bouts with your screen and rubbing your eyes.

1) Play Chess Against Yourself
   Now, I know this is a tough start to the list, but hear me out. Just play a game. You don’t really even need to know any of the moves. Just get to a point where you get bored, and swipe your arm across the board. You’ll be playing alone, so there won’t be anyone to yell at you for it. You don’t have anything to lose.
Disclaimer: You will have to pick up the pieces when you’re done. That’ll take a bit. Use this time for reminiscing about the olden days, when you could walk the supermarkets without fear of touching the ranch dressing.

2) Scream Into the Shared Abyss
   It’s not just a regular abyss these days. We’re all sharing it now, because they ran out at the store once we all realized how hopeless it all was. We all went mad. But somehow, all of our personal abysses connected, and now we’re all screaming into the void together. If that doesn’t make you feel better, I don’t know what will.

3) Play Animal Crossing: New Horizon For 29 Hours Straight

   Go ahead. Who’s gonna stop you? Your cat? They won’t. They’ll play with you if you’d just turn it on. Go ahead. Press the button at the bottom of the TV. Get that monitor going. That’s right. Now press play. Good. Don’t stop yet. Let it wash over you. Enjoy the music. It changes by the hour, you know.

4) Ignore Your Work
   That’s right. Look at what you have to do up and down, then calmly, carefully and methodically move it to the other side of your desk. Take a break. Watch a movie. Go for a walk. Just get away —you deserve it.

   Speaking of ignoring your work. I’ve gotta go. I have an article to write.

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