Feeling stressed during the workday? Do you feel frustrated or anxious at work? Playing video games may cut stress at work, researchers say. Playing video games may help, engaging in such enjoyable activities during short breaks can help employees recharge themselves. People regularly experience cognitive fatigue related to stress, frustration, and anxiety while at work.
Play your favourite Video Game:
- If stress and frustration at work is taking a toll on your performance.
- Then take a five-minute break to play your favourite video game.
- As a study has found that it may help you lighten up your mood.
- The findings indicated that those who continued without a break reported feeling less engaged with work.
- Furthermore,experienced worry as a result.
- Whereas those who participated in the guided relaxation activity saw reductions in negative affect and distress.
- Previous research had shown that while work stress can make you eat junk food.
- In addition, it can also increase your efficiency.
What Researchers Say?
- The research findings showed that people who played a casual video game exhibited greater engagement.
- In addition,affective restoration than normal relaxation condition.
- Playing a video game even restored the individuals' affective abilities.
- Making it a suitable activity for restoring mood in response to stress.
University of Central Florida in the US:
- Michael Rupp, a doctoral student at the University of Central Florida in the US.
- Said,we often try to power through the day to get more work finished.
- That might not be as effective as taking some time to detach for a few minutes.
- People should plan short breaks.
- For making for an engaging and enjoyable activity, such as video games, that can help them recharge.
- The study, detailed in the journal Human Factors: The Journal of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society.
- May have implications for those working in safety-critical fields, such as air traffic control and healthcare.
- For the study,Michael Rupp and his 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, participants either played a casual video game called Sushi Cat.
- In addition, 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 participants affect (e.g., stress level, mood) and cognitive performance.