Do you have that feeling of constant exhaustion from all the tasks and assignments you need to do? Staring at a screen all day and having no energy left for leisure activities at the end of the day?
Social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic has forced most of us to engage in Zoom meetings more than anyone could have imagined.
While normal days at work or at uni include coffee breaks with colleagues or nice small talk outside the lecture hall, we now seem to rush from one online meeting to the next, using coffee not as a time to relax, but simply to keep us awake and working.
The feeling of going home and spending time on ourselves has been taken away from us, as our homes are now offices as well as living spaces. Our balance between learning and living has been disrupted as a result, affecting our mental health.
So, what can we do to reclaim the energy we once had? The solution may be as simple and relaxing as it sounds: mindfulness. Mindfulness can be integrated through a variety of exercises and could combat the negative effects of zoom fatigue on study-life balance. Focusing on the awareness of the present moment through breathing exercises or mindful stretching could allow us to combat the limited mobility and fatigue caused by online meetings, giving us more energy to get out of the office and enjoy our lives again.
So could mindfulness be the solution to a better study-life balance? Stay tuned and look out for our findings in the research paper at the end of the course.