Sensory Kits and Anxiety

Looking for a safe way to soothe your nerves and release some worked up energy? Or maybe you want a distraction to help stop smoking?

Sensory kits are they way to go!

Fidget toys have exploded in popularity over the last few years. Remember a few years back where fidget spinners were the ‘in’ thing? Whilst some fads have come and gone, Sensory Kits and Fidget toys are definitely here to stay and here is a few reasons why.

Anxiety thrives on unpredictability. Which lets face it, during the COVID 19 pandemic; we have had lots of in bundles. Therefore finding safe practices that helps calm nerves and manage stress has never been more important. Tactile toys have proven to be incredibly useful in doing so be it with necklace jewellery, gadgets or toys that you can spin, push, pop or fiddle with have all had their own use in helping with unwanted stress and anxiety.

Many people fidget without even realising. Have you ever found yourself playing with the tassels on your hoodie? Or maybe the zip? Or maybe you have been worrying about upcoming exams and click the tip of your pen constantly? That’s all a part of fidgeting! Some people have habits of moving their fingers continuously in the same routine. Having an actual physical object or toy to focus on can help transfer all your anxious energy from your brain down to your fingers into the toy acting as a relief of all your excess energy. Fidgeting with a toy creates repetition and rhythmical movements which results in slower breathing, overall calmness and decreased anxiety. But why? Well, fidgeting is a response to anxiety or boredom. Anxious fidgeting happens when the body has elevated levels of stress hormones which then prep your muscles for exertion. Without exerting that energy it builds up with no where to go.

Fret not. You may not know the reason for your fidgeting, but we do have some ways to help elevate it with out Sensory Kits. Here are some ways to do it!

The squishy ball is up there with on of the best toys for children and adults; they come in many different varieties of colours and textures. Smoosh, squeeze, stretch, pull, toss and bounce these balls to help combat stress and anxiety and bring a sense of calm.

A chain fidget toy, simply some rings and bolts fitted together to let you flip and twist. Made from stainless steel so there is no risk of corroding or breaking. Silent yet satisfying, you are able to fidget with this without drawing too much attention to yourself.

The popper toy has been noticed a lot on social platforms with its never ending popping experience, just flip it over and you can pop all over again. Who hasn’t enjoyed the thrill of popping the bubble wrap that comes in a package? Chances are you have probably already seen these, and this is your sign to get one! A perfect little gadget that fits in the pocket for travelling, car journeys or simply whilst at your desk at work.

The spiky finger ring is a great alternative to a usual type of ring. Uniquely made, you simply pop them on your finger and roll them back and forth. These are a great way to relieve stress as well as excellent acupressure by means of moving the positive energy towards your inner body. Also aiding in depression, pain and nausea.

Don’t forget fidgeting in itself isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Especially if exposed to prolong sitting or stressful work. You simply need a healthy way to channel that worked up energy into something that works well for you and feels good. Rather than pressurising yourself to stop fidgeting, be a part of the growing amount of children and adults who use sensory fidget toys to do so!