Many people seem to think that stress toys are just for kids; I’d say the majority of them could be surprised to learn that stress balls, hand exercises, yoga blocks, or even simple crossword puzzles are actually very good alternatives to playing with a computer or video game. A stress ball or simple hand exercise ball can really help you loosen up and lower your blood pressure as well as reduce your stress levels, all while helping your body loosen up and stretch.
If you’ve never heard of a basic hand ball, it’s actually a fairly simple idea that was originally developed in the 1970’s by Richard B. Ellis. A simple stress ball or simple hand exercise ball is really a large malleable ball, usually only 7 inches in diameter, that is squeezed on the palm and manipulated either by the thumbs or the fingers and then supposed to relieve tension and stress by allowing the skin to relax and lengthen.
Stress balls are now available in a variety of styles, including some with different types of grippers on them. They can be made from rubber or other materials and come in both round and square shape. You can find them in various colors, some even have small designs printed on them so that they may be customized according to your preferences.