I've been reading a lot about (and definitely experienced) this very "now" phenomenon of zoom fatigue.
Most of our work meetings are now held over Zoom which means our connections are being filtered through a screen versus in-person.
This means we're likely expending a ton of extra energy deciphering the emotional and physical signals of our colleagues, as we also process conversations, problem-solve, and do all the things that meetings are meant to do.
And how absolutely exhausting it is to also have to stare at your facial reactions, whether you look engaged enough, and even if your hair looks funny at any given moment.
All things we are far less aware of it we didn't have to stare at the mirror image of ourselves all while we try to do good work, process and synthesize information, and engage our colleagues.
Of course we're fatigued. But what do we do?
One thing that helps me is to hide the "self-view". Just turn on your camera when you first get on a call and then hide the self-view.
But beyond that is there a better way to mitigate the fatigue we're all feeling?
When I used to work in an office, meetings would happen in a conference room. We'd all have to leave our offices, walk to the conference and back when the meeting was over.
It was a reset. A small physical activity but enough to create a type of shift.
How often are we shifting when we're working from home? Likely much less.
Lately, after a Zoom meeting, I get up out of my chair, and go do something else - make a cup of tea, check on my daughter, walk out to my balcony, do a stretch - instead of sinking right back into notes, or responding to Slack or Outlook. It doesn't resolve the zoom fatigue issue but it does help.
How do you reset?