Zoom fatigue can actually be a big contributor towards stress and facial tension, this is because your brain is working harder than when you are in a in person conversation. Why? Because you're just a little box on a screen, emoting more energy to engage your audience, little to no body language cues, and poor eye contact with other people on the screen. All of this can lead to more anxiety, exhaustion, overworked facial muscles and stress.
Here’s the science behind the stress…when the body is stressed, muscles tense up to protect us, the tension is almost a reflex reaction to stress - the body's way of guarding against injury and pain. When muscles are tense and in this state for long periods of time, it can trigger other reactions in the body and even promote stress-related disorders. Facial tension can cause the face to change shape, headaches, heavy eyes and jaw discomfort. Common areas of tension caused by stress...
How To Relieve Facial Tension?
Massage!! Massage can be one of the most beneficial treatments when it comes to releasing muscle tension / knots from Zoom meetings, by helping to increase circulation and blood flow, loosening up the muscles and improving muscle function. This helps in relieving pain and stiffness. Regular massage is needed to treat stress and tension in muscles, it’s great for our wellbeing and helps to relax you allowing some much needed, well deserved ‘me time’.
Top Tips To Reduce Zoom Fatigue
- Manage your meetings - try and limit your video conferencing to 4 hours a day.
- Drink plenty of water- to keep you and your skin hydrated. Electromagnetic waves from your screen can cause dehydration and can lead to headaches.
- Check your posture – keeping an eye on how you are sitting while staring at the screen will help prevent stress on the muscles keeping facial tension away.
- Stretch – Stretch your legs, arms and face in between meetings. Yes, your face! Keep the FaceGym Face Ball at your desk to stretch out your muscles throughout the day.