Zoomed Out?


Image Description: In blue writing, the image says “Zoom,” and in gray writing beneath, it says “Joining a Meeting.”

Over the last couple of days, I’ve been feeling isolation fatigue.

I don’t just mean that I’m tired of being alone, though I definitely am. I mean I’m literally tired. I feel fatigued in the isolation.

This is a very typical response to this very atypical time we’re experiencing. So far, I’ve mostly avoided this by staying positive and connected to others. But the fatigue has caught up with me over the last couple of days.

This is a common experience too. And if you’re feeling it as well, I want to share some information which might affirm and confirm your experiences. Here are two helpful articles I read this week:

Here’s why you’re so exhausted, despite doing less during the coronavirus pandemic — and how to feel better

The reason Zoom calls drain your energy

I admit I laughed while linking this second one because I’m going to join a Zoom call in 45 minutes — one of a few today. Thankfully, this next one will involve my mentor doing some teaching with the Presbytery of Detroit. And that will genuinely energize me.

I welcome that energy. Here goes!

Renee Roederer

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