Friday Finds #177

Zoom Fatigue

A few weeks ago, I shared with you the emotional roller coaster I had been going through that week with online lessons to the point that by Thursday I almost had a full-blown panic attack.

While things subsided pretty quickly (especially thanks to upgrading our wimpy internet router to a small commercial-grade one), my body and mind are still frequently fighting small instances of this a couple of times a week.

Luckily, I’ve had the wherewithal to recognize when it’s happening and act. How have I tackled it?

First, be aware that it’s happening.

Second, DO something.  Mostly, I make immediate attempts to go on a LONG walk, take a drive, or busy my mind doing something else – the first one being the best.

I’m not telling this so you feel sorry for me. I just want you to know that if you’re experiencing these things, it’s OK because you’re not the only one! In all honesty, I don’t mind online lessons and even enjoy them at times.

The first find I share with you in this week’s list I think will shed some light on what many of us are experiencing. 

Mainly, I’ve learned that awareness, acknowledgment, and action some of the best principles we can apply to not only managing stress but other areas of life as well!

How are you dealing with little inklings of stress/anxiety that you may be experiencing?

Take care of yourself and enjoy this week’s finds!



‘Zoom fatigue’ is taxing the brain. Here’s why that happens. Video calls seemed an elegant solution to remote work, but they wear on the psyche in complicated ways. (Julia Skylar | National Geographic)



Looking for a better weather app? I highly recommend spending the few dollars to get Dark Sky. Both my husband and I have been using the basic Apple weather app and also Weather Underground for a while. The most recent update to the latter, however, made us finally give up for good. It was just way too complicated and unintuitive to use. Dark Sky is super simple while being visually pleasing and informative. Highly recommended! We both approve!



Thoughts on “I’m Bored.” (Seth Godin)



I’m really loving Susan Paradis’ post on having a “Group Chat” recital. Low-key, small, and uncomplicated. Her tips are really great as well!



Indiana University rents 80 digital pianos from a local piano store to distribute to their piano majors.



Food-themed good news from John Krasinski’s “Some Good News” series.



Homemade Kombucha? That would be fun to try!



7 Funny Cartoons About the Oil Price Crash (The Week)



Best Countertop Compost Bins for Most Home Cooks (Lisa Freedman | The Kitchn)



14 Achievable Tasks to Help Declutter Your Home While Safe Inside (Joshua Becker | Becoming Minimalist)


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