Everyone has different ways of dealing with internal irritation and external problems: for some, it’s shouting and hurtful words, others prefer to drag on a cigarette in a secluded corner, others choose a well-trodden path to the refrigerator with goodies, seizing bad emotions. All these actions can be described as bad habits. At the same time, there is a simple and effective solution – an anti-stress ball, which helps here and now in each individual situation.
Features of the effect on the nervous system
By squeezing and unclenching the anti-stress ball, you not only train the muscles of the palm and wrists, but also strain the entire arm. The instructions are simple: squeeze the toy for one or two seconds, and then release. You can throw it against the floor and walls. At the same time, muscle tension in the arm decreases, and the clamps in the entire body relax along the chain. Anti-stress ball is an easy way to get rid of negative emotions for both adults and children (from three years old). Bright drawings and pleasant textures are also uplifting.
Factory models are most often made of rubber, polyurethane with a gel filler. To make an anti-stress ball at home, craftsmen use flour, starch, cereals, legumes as a filler and ordinary inflatable balls. You can also find suggestions for making knitted “touch toys” with an unusual design.
Sizes, colors, and textures
The market offers a variety of color, size and texture solutions. The most popular options are: soccer ball-antistress, globe shape, drop, heart, design “virus”, Christmas tree, ball, star, etc. The size varies from 3 to 10 cm in diameter.
You can order an individual design with a print in certain online stores. The drawing is applied at the buyer’s request.
A pliable ball strengthens the arm muscles, develops children’s writing skills, relieves tension after long writing tasks, as well as during prolonged work at the keyboard, which is indispensable for tunnel syndrome.
It helps to catch objects more quickly with your hands and hold them firmly, which is important for developing muscle accuracy in children. You will be surprised how the anti-stress ball improves your concentration and takes it to a whole new level
The toy will become an indispensable gift for the holidays, for example, in the shape of a heart – for Valentine’s Day, Christmas trees or stars – for the New Year, a glow – in-the-dark ball with an original smiley face-for Halloween. Such a gift will be appropriate for the development of fine motor skills and attention in a child. You can use it to decorate the interior or use it for trainings and outdoor games in a team. Bright colors and textures are also uplifting.
Inside the ball is liquid latex or silicone, which creates such a wonderful effect when squeezed. You should be careful with sharp objects and nail pressure, as they can cut the ball and cause the filler to spill out. Do not give the ball to small children or pets.
How to make an anti-stress ball at home
The soothing toy can be easily made by yourself. To do this, you will need ordinary inflatable balls of a round shape, a filler (store filler, flour, starch, small cereals, soda, sand, beans, lentils, peas) about one glass. You can mix several types of fillers to experiment with the density.
Preparation: take 2 inflatable balls, cut off the neck of one of them, starting from the round part. One ball should remain with the neck. You will also need a watering can, spoon, filler, thread, colored or black marker.
1. Take a balloon with a neck and inflate it slightly to straighten it.
2. Put the ball on the neck of the watering can and carefully pour a glass of filler inside. Level it out.
3. Tie the ball tightly and decorate the knot with a bow, a beautiful clip or a bubo made of thread.
4. Put a second, cropped one on top of this ball to make it more resistant to damage. You can experiment with the colors of the top layer.
5. Draw a funny face with a marker and the anti-stress ball is ready.