by Matt Alderton | July 18, 2019
Stress doesn't take a break. If you're feeling frazzled, however, you should. And when you do, you shouldn't necessarily spend it meditating, napping or exercising. Instead, you might want to spend it playing video games, author Stephen Bronner writes in an article for

"Playing video games helps you relax," says Bronner, who cites a 2017 study published in the journal Human Factors and Ergonomics Society. "Study participants who took a break from mentally taxing work and played a video game for five minutes reported that their mood improved. Those who either sat quietly without using a phone or computer or participated in a guided relaxation activity did not report such improvement."

This isn't the first study to report the stress-busting power of video games, either.

"A 2014 study published in the International Journal of Human Computer Studies found a positive correlation between time spent playing video games with recovering from work and a reduction in work-related stress," Bronner notes. "First-person shooters and action games were shown to be most effective. These results were in line with a 2009 study published in the Journal of Cybertherapy & Rehabilitation."

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