Stress is a feeling of emotional or physical tension. It is your body’s reaction to a challenge or demand and may be caused by any event or thought that elicits feelings of frustration, anger, or nervousness. Stress is defined by Verywell Mind “as any type of change that causes physical, emotional, or psychological strain.” Stress is subjective, as every teenager is different, and what one young person perceives to be stressful another may not. Stress responses are designed to help a teenager adjust to new situations. Stress can be useful as it can help a teen remain alert, motived, and prepared to avoid danger. Stress can also produce unwanted symptoms. When a young person experiences chronic, long-term stress he or she is at increased risk for developing adverse physiological effects. It is helpful to find ways to manage stress when it presents, as it is an unavoidable feeling that everyone will experience at various points throughout their life.
What Are Fidgets?
The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines fidget as “uneasiness or restlessness as shown by nervous movements.” Fidgeting is essentially the body’s way of releasing restless energy. Common types of fidgeting include foot tapping, hair twirling, nail biting, knee bouncing, etc. When these fidgeting behaviors are re-directed (e.g., with fidget toys), they can be used as a coping mechanism for the body to promote stimulant release, increase focus, and reduce stress in young people. There is a large assortment of fidget toys available in a variety of shapes, sizes, and textures. Fidgets are designed to alleviate more distracting habits by occupying one’s hands with intentional movements and expelling excess energy.
One of the newer types of fidgets available are popping fidgets. These reusable toys mimic the sensation of popping bubble wrap. They are made up of half-sphere bubbles that can be pushed in, making a satisfying soft popping sound. After popping all the bubbles on one side of the toy, it can be turned over to start again on the other side. Popping toys are made of silicone and come in a range of colors, shapes, and sizes. A popping toy can help a teenager filter out all the excess external sensory information (in his or her surroundings) and internal distractions (within his or her own body) by pointing all his or her energy right to the toy in his or her hands. As a fidget, popping toys are self-regulation tools to help with focus, attention, calming, and active listening.
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