While some might argue that fidget spinners are actually useful tools in relieving anxiety and stress, there’s actually not a lot of scientific data to back those claims up - and a whole lot more studies that disagree. The popular toy is basically a self-proclaimed treatment for ADHD and anxiety. Although, the need for this type of toy is real, there are far better ways of addressing the situation than with a spinning piece of plastic. Teaching professionals even agree. Many schools have placed a ban on fidget spinners for causing disruptions in the classroom and limiting the focus of their students.
Here are some solutions that won’t wreak havoc in a classroom or annoy the heck out of your co-workers:
1. Fidget Cubes
Fidget cubes are a concept that began on kickstarter as a stress-relief toy and has created an army of knock offs. These little plastic cubes have been designed with a variety of relief systems. You can click buttons, rotate a joystick, flip a switch, rub a soft area, roll gears, and spin a dial. Each of these options provides a soothing emotional response. According to professor Sydney Zentall at Purdue University, toys like the fidget cube provide additional stimulation to those who will easily become bored or distracted during long tasks. In addition, a study shows that this type of fidgeting can actually improve vascular health.
2. Portable Aromatherapy Diffusers
Aromatherapy diffusers volatilize water mixed with essential oils. The aromatherapy process stimulates receptors in the nose, which relay messages through the body to the limbic system. The limbic system is the brain’s emotional control center. Different essential oils can alter your mood, alertness and stress levels. In combination to aromatherapy, most diffusers have colored light features. This provides visual therapeutic benefits as well. The soft, changing colored light has psychological benefits. While these diffusers aren’t novelty items, they do provide significant psychological benefits. They can be charged by USB and fit easily onto your desk too!
3. Tangle Therapy
This is an ergonomic, bendable toy made of latex free material. You are able to twist into an endless amount of shapes. Tangle Therapy boasts doctor’s recommendations for stress relief, smoking cessation, hand rehabilitation, learning disorders and much more. There are three different therapy packs: Tangle Relax Therapy, Tangle Therapy and Tangle Quitit Kit. Their website also includes a number of studies, which prove their toy can be beneficial.
Having a relief like these toys, can provide a calming outlet for workplace stress or anxiety. We know at Clovis Open MRI, a relaxed learning or work environment is essential to maintaining good mental health and producing quality work. With these psychologically beneficial toys in mind, we hope you find ways to master your fidgeting and relieve your stress. Please choose Clovis for your future imaging needs.