Stress Management at Work with Video Games!
You're only a few hours into your day at work, but because of a micro-managing boss, a psychotic customer, a broken stapler, or any other number of reasons, you're already stressed. You're feeling run down as a result.
And you're not alone.
Over half of all Americans report that they regularly feel such chronic fatigue because of stress at work. Which is, of course, also bad news
for their employers, because when employees feel like roadkill, down goes their productivity -- and their creativity, friendliness, and alertness. That's enemy #1 for any organization's bottom line, and downright dangerous in fields such as health care and security.
So back to stressed out you at work. It's finally your break time. What's the best thing you could do on your break?
1) Sit somewhere quietly without using your phone or computer
2) Participate in a relaxing activity, like listening to guided meditation
3) Scream obscenities at your fellow employees, your boss, customers and anyone within screaming obscenity vicinity
4) Play a video game
If you said "Play a video game," chances are you read the headline of this article, and according to a recent study, you are right! After being villianized for decades, we can score one in favor of video games.
Now caveat: I added choice #3, screaming obscenities, above. That wasn't included in the study, but I'm confident that though there are times it might feel like the preferred option, it's not the advisable choice.
The other three choices were tested in the study, though.
Those who rested in silence reported feeling less engaged with work and actually felt worried as a result. Those who experienced guided relaxation saw some reduction in distress.
Only those who played the video game reported a significant improvement in their mood after the break.
So why is that?
According to Michael Rupp, a co-author of the study, "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."
In other words, a little bit of fun can go a long way. And as many mostly younger companies already seem to know -- but far more companies seem to not yet know -- promoting such fun can improve the bottom line.
So if you're an employer, consider encouraging all employees to download Sushi Cat -- the specific video game played in the study -- and play it on their breaks, especially on those rough days. Or to play whatever video game they enjoy, or to do something else they enjoy... crocheting, square dancing, whatever.
And if you work for a scrooge employer who would frown upon you playing video games on your break (you poor soul), remember that playing video games without being noticed is why bathroom stalls were invented.
Brian Vaszily, Founder of Advantage Hacks, has grown 5 successful startups, launched many successful products, authored several books including a #1 bestseller, and coached many good people and 2 jackasses. For 20+ years it's been his passion to discover what MOST enables successful people to become successful. From timeless success strategies to new technology coming soon that will change our world, he reveals the most important secrets to you here, and usually does so in a damn enjoyable way.