Have you had many virtual calls over the last year? Perhaps you’ve spoken to friends, family, or colleagues via the internet. No matter why you spoke to someone online, it can have an effect on your mental health. Many people are now suffering from what is known as “Zoom fatigue”. 

If you have felt tired after a zoom call or two, you’re not alone. Many of us tend to feel tired because we find it hard to understand and process this form of communication. We’re used to using body language and expressions as a way of communicating. However, throw in a Zoom call and we’re less likely to spot much body language if any at all. It’s this that can make a zoom call exhausting. This exhaustion might not make us feel like reaching out and contacting others. 

We offer mental health support for Selby and the surrounding areas. Why not give us a call? Our phone line is open from 7 pm – 10 pm, 365 days of the year.

Call us on (01757) 642 399. If you call before our phone lines are open and we cannot answer you will be diverted to an NHS Helpline.

In addition to not being able to use other people’s body language to determine how they are, we also have to deal with looking at ourselves. During normal conversations, we’re not shown a live image of our face. However, online video chats offer up our faces for other people and ourselves to see. This can be very distracting. 

We weren’t made to stare at a screen all day, every day and this in itself can be exhausting. Throw in a few Zoom calls and many people are left feeling physically and mentally drained. If that wasn’t enough, we’ve had to communicate via a screen when we’ve ordinarily spoken to someone in-person. There is a loss that comes with the distance that we experience when we communicate online. This loss can be hard and impact our mental health.

What can we do?

So what can we do about Zoom fatigue? We could pick up the phone instead. Alternatively, hiding our faces on the screen so that only others can see you might help. You might also want to consider taking breaks between online video calls. this can help to lessen the damage, as such. 

You can find more information about reducing Zoom fatigue here.

Selby mental health organisations and charities are there to help you if you’re struggling.

 

We offer mental health support for Selby and the surrounding areas. Why not give us a call? Our phone line is open from 7 pm – 10 pm, 365 days of the year.

Call us on (01757) 642 399. If you call before our phone lines are open and we cannot answer you will be diverted to an NHS Helpline.

Interested in helping those who are struggling with their mental health? We offer Mental Health First Aid training in Selby. Contact us at info@communitea.org.uk