Zoom fatigue: 6 tips to be social and don’t use video cams

Zoom fatigue: 6 tips to be social without using video cams

Zoom has become part of our daily life really quickly and, even if it is a great tool, it has turned out to be quite draining. Here's how to handle it.

Social connection is very important for mental health, but months into the pandemic may get some people to experience “Zoom fatigue” due to a number of reasons. These reasons can include social anxiety, feeling taxed from video chats at work, or numerous technical glitches that make online social interactions less fulfilling.

If Zoom chats aren’t your thing, here are six ways to stay connected with others during COVID-19 restrictions.

Zoom isn't your thing? There are other things you can do to stay connected.

1-Start a virtual book club

Get some friends to join you in reading the same book or you can give it to them as a gift and organize a virtual book club. You can set up some virtual meetings or but it isn’t necessary (you can try an email thread or Facebook group instead), if you do choose this route, you may find it more comfortable than an open chat.

2-Get active together

Get your gym buddy and try some virtual classes from your regular gym if it offers any, or you can start working out with some videos on youtube. From yoga to dance, you can alternate who chooses the class each time. Not only will having another person to work out will hold you accountable to your fitness goals, but you’ll also get an endorphin boost from the physical activity and spending time with someone you care about.

Cooking is a great option to stay connected even during lockdown!

3-Cook

Cook together with someone even though you are not in the same place. Just cooking and sharing photos of it with your friends will make you all feel connected. You can even call each other after your meal to discuss what you enjoyed about the dish and potential recipe alterations.

4-Play a game

There are a number of apps that allow users to play games like checkers, Scrabble, or card games virtually, but you don’t have to feel limited to your smartphone. If you’d like to spend time with someone in a more passive way, try hosting a virtual movie night with Teleparty (formerly Netflix Party)

5-Drop off a care package

Whether it’s donating items to a local organization that helps those in need, or dropping off a box of goodies on a friend’s or loved one’s doorstep, creating a care package for someone else is a great way to feel socially connected.

6-Call!

If a video can feel too much, you can always try an old fashion call. And if that still doesn’t feel comfortable, try sending voice notes or a prerecorded video to friends and family.
 

Victoria Thais

A trip to India was all it took for Victoria to realise that meditation is not a fancy word for sitting around in silence. It truly changed Victoria’s life to a less stressful and more mindful one. Now a freelance consultant and journalist, Victoria joined KOKO to share her knowledge on those little things that are life so much better, and cosier.+ info

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