During my research this month I came across fidgets. My experience with fidgeting or similar was my mum telling me not to fidget and to sit still.
I read that fidgeting includes and is not limited to:
- bighting fingernails
- tapping fingers
- rapid movement of the legs
- feet bouncing up and down
- clicking pens
- squirming in seats
- twirling hands
Do any of those behaviours sound familiar?
Many people with Autism, ADHD, Anxiety for example often resort to fidgeting as a means of relaxing and focusing.
I didn’t realise there is an industry out there to help people to safely and discretely channel their energy to reduce their anxiety and manage stress and very useful for a distraction.
I have used the stress balls with chimes, they seemed to be the first of their kind, and some of these squishy balls in the past.
I also remember suggesting my clients in mental health use them for anxiety and feeling restless or agitated to help them to help them relax focus and to cope.
There are numerous designs and fidgets on the market now and available for adults and children.
I bought my grandchildren the flat one for their birthday, as a toy, not realising it had a therapeutic benefit. It certainly helps them it helps them to be still and quiet. They also enjoy playing with them.
There are several designs of fidgets to choose from. They are small enough to fit into your handbag or briefcase. The popular fidgets for children are rings, the flat design and bracelet.