Fidget Toys for Adults with ADHD- A Closer Look

Fidget Toys for Adults with ADHD- A Closer Look

In a fast-paced world of high expectations and five-second entertainment, it is important to note the effects on those with and without mental health issues. In this entry, we will look a little further into fidgeting, and fidget toys and how organizing a mini bookshelf might be the best stress-relief for you.

A fidget spinner stress relief toy in use.

The Fidget Toy

A range of fidget toys is available in various shapes and sizes to cater to individual preferences and needs. Fidget spinners, typically crafted from plastic or metal, are a three-pronged tool designed to be spun in one's hand. While beneficial for individuals struggling with hand fidgeting, improper use can lead to distraction. The same can go for bubble wrap, fidget cubes etc.

A man plays with rubber bubble wrap stress relief products

What to Look For

Choosing the right fidget toy for yourself, or a loved one can actually depend on several factors. One may prefer a 'fast-paced' movement, where others may seek something a bit more creative. As always, managing anxiety, ADHD, or similar conditions requires seeking professional help. This, coupled with the right tools, can help relieve stress and anxiety. For example, organizing a miniature bookshelf, alongside meditation and deep breathing exercises can provide short-term relief. If you find yourself particularly stressed, anxious, or unable to focus in certain situations, consider incorporating a fidget toy to help relax and redirect your attention.

1. Environmental Factors

Environmental considerations are at play when selecting the best stress relief products. In settings such as classrooms or offices, opt for silent and discreet options to prevent distractions for both the user and those around them. Items like mini books, stress balls, or putty allow engagement while quietly addressing fidgeting tendencies, anxiety, or stress. That said, we do not want to cause distractions from our education. When working or studying from home, an option that functions as bookshelf and desk decor is a bonus, see the pocket Anxiety Bookshelf.

2. Prioritize Durability

If you're like me, you default to fidgeting during anxious or stressful moments, so durability is key. Choosing fidget toys crafted from durable materials such as wood, or metal ensures they withstand wear and tear. This resilience is especially beneficial for those seeking stress or anxiety relief through fidgeting. A prime example for this is the classic fidget spinner. My tip: Get a fidget spinner that feels right in your hand, as most of their bearings (inner spinning mechanism) are universal, and can be interchanged by pressing the center until they 'pop' out.

3. Incorporate Music

We do not want to fidget, it is simply something we do, so we try to reduce stress in general to provide an atmosphere that may reduce the action. Listen to appropriate music to aid concentration during tasks such as studying, reading, or exercising. Choose music with a stimulating beat with a high BPM for workouts, calming tunes for relaxation, and something in-between for focused activities. Similarly, playing music at a low volume can enhance focus during solitary tasks in the office. When selecting music for the workday, consider something calming and soft, like coffee shop music or lo-fi hip hop.

4. Give Yourself Some Time

 You can take your time to complete a task, but those with ADHD know very well that this can have adverse effects. Consider going against the grain and boosting productivity by setting short intervals and challenging yourself to accomplish tasks before the alarm sounds. This technique can be applied to various chores or activities, such as washing dishes, paying bills, or tidying up a room's decor. When practicing this method, we find less time with idle hands, and increased productivity. The sense of accomplishment when completing timed challenges also fosters positive mental health!

5. Incorporate Movement:

Explore the possibility of incorporating discreet movement during the day, such as standing, using the stairs, or generally moving around periodically. This can help maintain engagement and focus, especially during lengthy periods of sedentary activities. When we engage our hypothalamus, many of our bodily processes are regulated. With this in mind, stimulation is necessary as fidgeting happens when we are not receiving enough stimulation.

The handmade Anxiety Bookshelf sits open on a green couch.

Set Your Speed

When shopping online for adult stress relief products, consider your unique situation. Do you prefer something quick, like a spinner, or something slower that you can work towards as you please. This is where I suggest organizing the mini bookcase. I use The Anxiety Bookshelf because it is what I need for my daily application in terms of stress relief. It is simple in theory; A little book box that you shake up after organizing. This product is key for long-term fidgeting, the books sit in the open tray, so you can take it from room to room.

In Conclusion

We thought, 'maybe my anxiety will go away as I age'. For some that was the case, but for most, it was not, and that's ok! If you are an adult with ADHD, and find yourself fidgeting to the point of distraction, now may be the time to consider getting those hands moving!


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