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Stressed at work? Take a video game break

By Rediff Get Ahead Bureau
July 27, 2017 15:05 IST
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If stress and frustration while working is taking a toll on your performance, take a five-minute break to play your favourite video game. A study has found that it may help lighten up your mood.

Researchers at the University of Central Florida decided to evaluate if casual video game play could be an effective way to combat workplace stress during rest breaks.

The team used a computer-based task to induce cognitive fatigue in 66 participants, who were then given a five-minute rest break. During the break, the participants either played a casual video game called Sushi Cat, participated in a guided relaxation activity, or sat quietly in the testing room without using a phone or computer.

At various times throughout the experiment, the researchers measured the effect on the participants (example, stress level, mood) and cognitive performance.

The findings indicated that those who continued without a break reported feeling less engaged with work and experienced worry as a result, whereas those who participated in the guided relaxation activity saw reductions in negative affect and distress.

Researcher Michael Rupp said, 'We often try to power through the day to get more work finished, which might not be as effective as taking some time to detach for a few minutes. People should plan short breaks to make time for an engaging and enjoyable activity, such as video games, that can help them recharge.'

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