Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock lately, you’ve doubtless seen countless fidget toys and spinners advertised across nearly every conceivable platform. Their sudden ubiquity has somehow cast these items in a somewhat childish light, with many people dismissing them simply as toys. However, fidget toys were created with a very useful and therapeutic purpose in mind. Used properly, these “toys” can become an effective tool for helping you to deal with your stress and to keep your mind calm throughout the day. To understand how fidget toys can help you manage your stress load, we’ll go over some of the more popular varieties, their use, and some general tips for de-stressing your life.
The spinners seem to be the fidget toys that have gotten the most press recently, although they are far from the first or only products on the market. These are meant to be held in one hand, and then either spun with other fingers on the same hand or with the other hand. Models are available which are made out of a variety of different materials. Plastic models are the most popular and the most affordable, while metal options are slightly more expensive, but also more durable.
The appeal of the spinners is that they can keep your hands occupied for as long as you want them to. The creation of perpetual motion allows you to continue to dissipate your nervous or excess energy through the spinner while allowing your mind free to focus on the tasks at hand.
Fidget cubes are probably the second most popular category of fidget ‘toy’, next to the spinners. These fidget toys are somewhat different, as they tend to have several different options on the single cube for you to fidget with. For instance, there might be a button to click, a wheel to roll, a switch to flip back and forth and more. The exact design will depend on the manufacturer of the product in question.
Fidget cubes are the perfect example of how these products are not just designed for children. The perception exists that fidget toys are for kids. Others might think they are only useful in the treatment of ADHD. However, these tools have applications in everyday life.
You can even find higher-end, executive models that are made out of higher quality materials so they won’t seem out of place in your office. If you find that you have restless energy or stress that is difficult to dissipate throughout the day, you can use a fidget cube as an outlet for that energy. This helps remove stress and return your focus to the task at hand.
This category is perhaps the most ideal if you find yourself the victim of stress in an office environment and prefer to keep your struggles to yourself. There are now fidget toys that are built to look like ordinary pens, but which include “fidget features” on the pen. These allow you to play with it throughout the day without worrying about breaking it (something that anyone who has fidgeted long enough with a regular pen has certainly experienced).
These pens are also typically functional, so you can continue to work while you have access to your fidget tools in a discrete form factor. There is usually a cap you can flip on and off or a button to snap on the top, a loop for spinning the pen, and some models even bend, allowing you to manipulate the pen itself to relieve stress.
Why Use Fidget Toys?
Fidgeting can help relieve stress, reduce anxiety, and help you achieve the peak level of focus. According to Scientific American, different people achieve peak focus when under different levels of stimulation. A fidget toy could be one way to ensure that you’re operating at the level of stimulation optimal for your personality.
Other Stress Relieving Options
If you find that working with a new fidget toy isn’t enough to remove your anxiety and stress throughout the day, you may want to consider some supplemental methods for reducing the tension in your life. As fidgeting is often an expression of stresses or anxieties that need to be manifested in a physical fashion, this may be the time to turn your attention to other relaxation tools. Exercise and massage are two tools that you can incorporate into your routine to help bring yourself to a more relaxed state. Regular exercise helps dissipate energy and strengthen the body to protect it from the negative effects of stress. Massage is useful for removing tension and eliminating all the stresses you build up over the course of a work week.
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