Every year, 300 million people take part in Zoom meetings. Being confident and communicating with work colleagues online has become a common part of daily life. For some people, however, fixating on their faces and bodies on a Zoom call can have a real impact on self-image and body confidence. It can even trigger Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD) and cause anxiety. In the past year, as people have been more isolated, spending more time on social media and participating in online calls, there has even been a rise in cosmetic procedures. So how do we make sure that our online meetings don’t have an impact on how we see ourselves?
Be aware of Zoom Dysmorphia
Zoom Dysmorphia has been highlighted in the news recently and was even talked about on The Today Show. It is a form of BDD where you develop a skewed perception of your own face. Spending so much time in online meetings looking at yourself can cause some people to obsess about their appearance. Whether it is skin texture or the shape of their teeth, Zoom Dysmorphia and BDD give you a warped view. Think of it as a little like looking in a funhouse mirror. Just being aware of the condition and talking to others about it can help you gain perspective. If you find yourself obsessing with your appearance or it is causing anxiety, remind yourself of this. A few tricks to feeling and looking your best are playing with light and making sure your screen is level with your face. A wide-angle lens (if you are using your cell phone) will do just that, make your face wide. Take a step back and let that beautiful mug of yours be picture perfect. Of course, if the stress of it is causing serious problems it is important to speak to a professional.
Don’t compare yourself Be confident with yourself
It is estimated that 10% of our thoughts are taking up by comparing ourselves to others. It could be with regards to money, status, intelligence, or success, or it could be to do with appearance. This can be extremely unhealthy because ultimately we are all different. When you see other faces on-screen during your meeting, don’t forget all you are seeing is a tiny snapshot, not the complete picture that makes everyone unique. Instead of comparing yourself to others, focus on your own positive attributes. You could even have your own mantra about the things you admire about your own appearance.
Shift your focus
When you are in an online meeting, make a conscious effort to move your focus away from your own image. Instead, concentrate on the participants who are speaking. Try not to fixate on your own video feed, and remember the reason that you are there – to communicate with others in a productive way. Your meeting certainly isn’t about what everyone looks like and the shape of their bodies – that is of zero importance. Another alternative is to simply turn your camera off. If it’s not imperative for others to see you, and you can still work efficiently, then your camera doesn’t even have to be on.
When you are in an online meeting, it is important to concentrate on the reason for the meeting, and not your own image. This will help you be confident in your own knowledge and abilities in a healthy way.
About the Author
Jane Sandwood is a professional freelance writer and content manager with over 10 years’ experience across many fields. Her interests are mostly related to fitness and nutrition. Click here for more articles by Jane Sandwood.
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