• Zachery Bernabe

"Fidgets": A Remedy for Stress and Nervous Energy

Fidgets are the new craze. They're everywhere, but what are they and why are they so popular?

According to friendshipcircle.org, a non-profit organization whose mission is to assist individuals with special needs, fidget toys are "self-regulation tools to help with focus, attention, calming, and active listening."

The focus or fidget cube

Research has shown that they can be especially helpful in an education setting. A study conducted in a sixth grade classroom in Georgia showed that students that used stress balls improved their writing skills, especially students with attention deficit hyperactive disorder, or ADHD.

Homemade stress balls

Simple fidgets such as stress balls can be made at home using materials like balloons and flour or rice. There are lots of YouTube videos that explain how to make them.

There are also many different fidget "toys," such as the "Focus" or Fidget Cube, which has six sides with different things to fidget with and help you focus. For example, the "click" side will "satisfy the [pen] clicker in each of us," and the "breathe" side, which is smooth and based on the worry stone design, can help you focus on breathing and relaxation. There are multiple retailers who sell these fidget toys, and they are usually around $20.

The fidget spinner

There is also the Fidget Spinner design that has a ball bearing in the middle and three sides that are evenly weighted. According to the thefidgetcube.co, "Hold Fidget Spinner in one hand and use the other hand to spin it rapidly using small continuous strikes to keep it spinning indefinitely."

These also have multiple retailers and are easy to find, but they are more difficult to make than a stress ball.

Whether you're looking to improve your focus at school or work or just get rid of stress or extra nervous energy, a fidget toy could be right for you.