It's easier than ever to be fired up, wired up and tired out. Video meetings are a lifesaver in many ways but also an energy zapper. There can't be many who aren't thankful for the video meeting platforms - what a brilliant tool for all of us! 
 
But many are beginning to feel "Zoom fatigue". The downside of this is impacting us as much as the furloughing, tragic statistics and everything else which is part of the current emotional mix. 
 
What to do to stop yourself from feeling totally drained by the end of the working day? 
 
 
Be relaxed about how you appear on videocalls but remember that although we are making allowances, our sneaky little subconscious is still "clocking" all the details. Prepare accordingly and appropriately and do your best to be "on brand" 
Being on brand is the one constant in all this. Remember, business is business and even though we are much more casual due to circumstances. 
Give yourself 20 minutes time out between each meeting. Walk around the room, flat, garden where-ever you can to give the information from the previous session time to settle. This allows the brain to store it properly in the memory bank. Rushing from one to another means that information isn't stored as it should meaning that when we have to make decisions or refer to the content, we can't remember. It isn't that we cant remember, it is because we didn't "archive" it properly in the first place. 
Organise your work day and set clear boundaries on space as well as time - who works where, which area the children can all their own, dividing household chores and offering to do more than your share whenever possible. Arrange childminding slots and home-schooling to the best of your ability. An older school or university age sibling could do some of the home schooling on video call for neighbours' friends too. 
Take advantage of the peace and tranquillity which is all around us at the moment - clearer night skies, less traffic pollution - this enforced time of slower, less frenetic pace is good for us and the planet. 
 
For those who are more prone to feeling depressed due to anxiety or worry, do your best to get out for longer walks. It is the number one thing to help reduce depression. 
 
Going out into the morning light, listening to the birds, seeing nature coming into full bloom helps remind us that there is a rhythm and pattern to nature which is constant and dependable. Start with a time or distance and slowly build this up, increasing daily or weekly. 
Be kind to yourself. 
Show compassion to yourself and others in a similar situation. 
Not everyone can deal with situations in an upbeat way and most of us feel depressed at some time, some more than others. It is easy to think about what is wrong at the moment but we can't change things and it doesn't help us. 
Start to keep a diary of the small things which happen each day which are pleasing and produce pleasant emotions - sunshine, rise in temperature, the gift of sight./hearing. 
 
Nothing lasts, nothing is for ever, life is work in progress and you'll never get it done. For more personalised support, email paula@paularuane.com<mailto:paula@paularuane.com> 
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