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What is online fatigue and how can it be avoided?


As many professionals continue to work from home and students shift to online learning, we are hooked to our gadgets more than ever.

However, this makes us prone to online fatigue.

Dr. Anna Sofia Victoria Fajardo, a family and occupational medicine specialist, said that this condition is brought about by the "excessive use of gadgets."

"Kapag umaabot ng mahigit dalawang oras na dire-diretso ito ay tinuturing na excessive na po," she said in an interview on "Unang Hirit" on Wednesday.

Symptoms include muscle pain, ear pain, and mental exhaustion.

To ease them, Fajardo advised to change positions every hour, keep your posture correct, and to try to remain active.

"Galaw-galaw, pwede tumayo, pwede maglakad nang kaunti, five to ten minutes after every hour of sitting down," she said.

She also suggested to incorporate stretching and meditation exercises in your daily routine.

And of course, getting enough sleep and having a proper diet is sure to help you out.

"You can march while sitting, you can stretch the neck, stretch the shoulders. Aside from the stretching, there are also some wellness tips you can do. Dapat magkaron ng enough sleep. At least six to eight hours of sleep for adults, and for children at least eight to ten hours for them," she said.

"We would also suggest some quiet time in the morning before you start to work. And this quiet time is used for prayer, meditation, etc. And of course proper diet, dapat healthy din ang diet natin," she added.

Metro Manila and other high-risk provinces currently under general community quarantine due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The national government first placed Metro Manila under community quarantine in March 15. —JCB, GMA News

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