Quick Stress Buster: Fidget or Doodle

September 27, 2017

 

It’s time for one last stress buster tip. It’s hard to believe that we’re almost coming to an end of this 30 part series on relaxation and reducing stress. I hope you’ve given all the quick stress buster tips I’ve shared with you so far a try and have found a few that you want to deploy regularly. Don’t forget to do the same with today’s tip 

 

Fidget spinners, cubes and the likes are the latest trend when it comes to keeping your hands busy. While they are the latest and greatest trend, fidgeting is nothing new. We all do it. We fidget with pens, buttons, keys, and anything else we can get our hands on. When we’re not fidgeting with our pens and pencils, we’re using them to doodle. I’m sure you’ve found yourself doing this during a meeting, a class, or a phone conversation. 

 

Fidgeting helps you focus and it is a great stress reliever. If you’re not in the habit of fidgeting or doodling right now, give it a try. Handcrafts like knitting are another great option. The rhythmic motion of playing with any type of doodle device tends to slow down your heart rate and makes your blood pressure go down… all signs that fidgeting helps you relax. 

 

Now that we’ve established that fidgeting works, it’s time for you to give it a try. Keep a pen and scratch pad close by so you can doodle while you wait, listen, or think. This works great in meetings, at conferences, or while you’re on the phone. Of course doodling for a few minutes just to give yourself a mental break and relax is always a good idea. 

 

Next, look around the house or office and see what kinds of fidgeting devices you already have and are carrying with you. Pens and keys will work, as will stress balls for example. Make a small pile of everything that looks like a good fidgeting device and give it a try while you’re sitting around having conversations, watching TV, or just resting for a few minutes. Figure out what works well for you. Some devices will work great and feel like a lot of fun, while others may frustrate you to no end. Make a short list of the fun and relaxing ones. 

 

 

Then simply make sure you have them easily accessible wherever you may need them. You can also try some of the inexpensive devices made specifically for fidgeting. Fidget spinners are the hot new trend right now, but they can get a bit annoying and distracting to others. Fidget cubes may be a better alternative. Trial and error will show you what works well for you and what doesn’t. Then simply get in the habit of using them as de-stress and relaxation devices.

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