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Live‑streaming Activity and Relaxation Breaks : a (Home‑)Office‑Compatible Approach to Promote Break Recovery, Mood, and Attention?


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Riedl, Elisabeth ; Müller, Annabel ; Perzl, Johanna ; Thomas, Joachim:
Live‑streaming Activity and Relaxation Breaks : a (Home‑)Office‑Compatible Approach to Promote Break Recovery, Mood, and Attention?
In: Occupational health science. 7 (2023). - S. 353-377.
ISSN 2367-0142 ; 2367-0134


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The aim of this study is to investigate whether short, live-streaming activity and elaxation lunch breaks have positive associations with office workers’ mood (calmness, valence, and energetic arousal), back pain, and attention after break and whether these associations are mediated by better break recovery. Additionally, we considered the two respite interventions as resources possibly buffering the effects of elevated situational job demands. Ten-minute break exercises were conducted during lunch breaks via Zoom live-stream, and data on those days were compared with data on days on which participants spent their breaks as usual. Our sample of 34 office workers provided data for 277 work days (209 in the home office and 68 on site at the company). Multilevel path models revealed positive total associations of both respite interventions with the mood dimension of calmness. Activity breaks additionally showed a positive association with the energetic arousal dimension of mood, while relaxation breaks were positively related to objectively measured cognitive performance. Interestingly, activity breaks moderated the relationships of job demands with calmness and valence, indicating their function as a stress-buffering resource. There were no significant associations between the two respite interventions and back pain. Supplemented by participants’ feedback, the findings of this study suggest that offering short virtually guided break exercises may represent a feasible and office-compatible approach to promote break recovery, mood and functionality at work, especially regarding home-office work. Possible advantages and disadvantages of the live-streaming format are discussed.

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Schlagwörter:Physical activity breaks; Relaxation breaks; Recovery after break; Ambulatory attention; Within-subject field study
Sprache des Eintrags:Englisch
Institutionen der Universität:Philosophisch-Pädagogische Fakultät > Psychologie > Professur für Psychologische Diagnostik und Intervention
DOI / URN / ID:10.1007/s41542-022-00141-9
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