Introduction Today, Japanese workers cannot have enough leisure time. According to the latest Survey on Industrial Safety and Health, number of the employees of sick leave or turnover with mental disorders was 343 thousand per year. Percentages of the people with regular physical exercise are markedly lower in working generation compared to retired generation. In Germany, several companies contract with the institute of universities or states and offer once ‘climatotherapy week’ per year for disease prevention and health promotion of workers. We had originated the short-version climatotherapy programme to fit anyone who has no enough time.
Methods Our short-version climatotherapy programme was conducted in 2015 at Asuwayama Mountain. Physiological and environmental data collection was conducted. Participants answered the questionnaire on physical condition and exercise habits, the questionnaire on the work styles and job stress, subjective temperature sensation during climatotherapy, and Profile of Mood Status (POMS) brief form Japanese version before and after climatotherapy. Data were analysed using SPSS.
Results Sixteen inhabitants (9 males, 7 females; mean age 51.8 years) were participated, and their work styles were ordinary working hours system (6 males, 2 females), variable working hour system (1 male, 1 female), discretionary work system (1 female), and retired employee and full-time housewives (2 males, 3 females). Among 11 workers, five of six mood statuses were significantly improved after the short-version climatotherapy. Furthermore, the items concerning job stress as:
heavy work responsibility,
absence of the advisers in the workplace,
anxiety for the outlook of workplace’s future,
bad physical environments in the workplace, and
bad interpersonal relationship, were highly correlated with a improvement of negative mood statuses by climatotherapy.
Conclusion These results suggest our short-version climatotherapy programme would be an effective measure to counter the mental health problem among workers.
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