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How do Stress Balls Relieve Tension?

Posted on 06/23/14 in Health and Wellness Products
stress ballsIt's no secret that stress constitutes an epidemic in the United States. No matter where people work (if they work) or their family, social, or financial situations, life gets hard for everyone. We deal with it in a fascinating array of ways, from constructive methods, like exercise and meditation, to destructive ones, like stress-eating and drug use.

What if there was an inexpensive, unobtrusive way to combat feelings of tension as soon as they cropped up? Fortunately, a simple product exists for this purpose.

We're talking, of course, about the stress ball.

Grip and Release: The Science behind Stress Balls

Filled with beans, seeds, gel, clay, or other substances, stress balls are small, round items that fit perfectly into the palm of your hand. When stress hits, squeeze the ball for 1-2 seconds, then release. This simple repetitive motion helps the muscles relax, easing physical symptoms of stress.

But the health-promoting aspects of stress balls don't end with temporary stress relief. Some additional benefits of stress balls include:

  • Stretching. The continuous motion of squeezing and relaxing helps stretch hand and arm muscles, keeping them limber.
  • Strengthening. Similarly, the muscles you flex when squeezing a stress ball become more developed. This could improve performance in everything from handwriting to tennis.
  • Bloodflow. Regular use of stress balls helps improve blood circulation to your hands and arms.
  • Pain relief. Stress balls can help alleviate discomfort related to arthritis or carpal tunnel syndrome. (Always consult a doctor before using stress balls to treat a medical condition.)
  • Mindfulness. Practitioners of meditation can use stress balls as a tool, which helps them focus and release their energy.

What Else Can Stress Balls Do For Me?
As if the potential mental and physical health benefits of these little orbs weren't enough, stress balls can accomplish much more than their unassuming nature might suggest. Added perks of stress balls include:

  • Amusement. Their inherent heft makes them ideal for impromptu games of catch at home or in the office.
  • Visual appeal. Stress balls come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and colors, giving them a welcome presence in public areas such as office desks, cars, and homes.
  • Promotional use. Their low price and propensity towards customization also means companies can have them printed with logos for easy and often much-appreciated giveaways.

It may be hard to believe that an item as simple as a stress ball could come with so many hidden perks. To promote physical and emotional health while promoting your brand, maybe it's time you "got on the ball!"

Author: Robert Stillman CEO

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