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Focus / June 10, 2017

  • Spending five minutes relaxing helps people feel less negative and distressed
  • Sitting silently causes people to feel disengaged from work and causes worry
  • Researchers advise people take short breaks doing fun activities to recharge
  • Signs of being stressed at work include feeling out of control and unsupported

Playing video games for just five minutes makes stressed people feel more focused at work, new research suggests.

While relaxing helps people feel less negative and distressed, sitting silently makes them feel disengaged from work and therefore causes worrying, a study found.

Study author Michael Rupp from the University of Central Florida, 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.'

Signs you may be stressed at work include feeling out of control, finding it difficult to speak to your boss and being unsupported.

Playing video games for just five minutes makes people feel more focused at work (stock)

SEVEN SIGNS YOU MAY BE STRESSED AT WORK

Seven signs you may be stressed at work:

  • Not having much control over how you work
  • Not being told about changes and finding it difficult to speak to your boss
  • Not getting on well with your boss and feeling unsupported
  • Feeling unable to discuss problems with your colleagues
  • Feeling harassed or bullied by those you work with. Or arguing with colleagues
  • Being unclear about what your role at work is
  • Working in a pressured, intense environment with unachievable deadlines

Source: NHS Choices

How the study was carried out

The researchers analyzed 66 people who had completed a questionnaire assessing their mood.

The study's participants were then assigned to either spend five minutes sitting in a room without a computer or a phone, doing a relaxation activity or playing a video game, known as Sushi Cat.

Their stress, mood and concentration was then assessed.

Video games improve people's focus

The results revealed that playing video games improves people's focus more than relaxing.

Playing games also makes people feel better.

While doing a relaxation activity helps people feel less negative and distressed, taking a 'silent break' makes them feel disengaged from work and therefore worried.

Mr 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.

Source: www.dailymail.co.uk

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