10 Stress-Relieving Toys Worth Keeping on Your Work-From-Home Desk
My roommate is that chatty person in the office, my WiFi loves ghosting me, and my dog's chew toy of choice is our new rug — all reasons I'm seconds away from a work-from-home induced meltdown.
After contemplating dramatically flipping my desk (a reaction inspired by my latest The Real Housewives binge), I reach for my stress ball instead. Some anxiety-relieving squeezes help me chill out as I remember the importance of mental health breaks.
Not every day working from home looks like this, but when I'm on the verge of a stress headache, resetting with a coloring book, fidget spinner, or therapy dough helps. Keeping one of the following stress-relieving tools on your desk could be worth your while, too.
Color Me F*cking Calm
Sometimes releasing your emotions with some choice curse words (in the appropriate context, of course) just feels right — coloring those feelings into existence could provide a whole new level of satisfaction. Thanks to the adult coloring book, Color Me F*cking Calm ($9) by Hannah Caner, you have 30 vulgar pages waiting to be transformed into therapeutic art.
Squish, squeeze, and shape this essential-oil infused Therapy Dough ($15) for an aromatherapy experience designed to ease tension, stress, and anxiety. Each scent — orange, peppermint, and lavender — comes in pretty pastel packaging that can brighten your desk aesthetic.
Squeeze-a-Bean Soybean Edamame Stress Relief Anti-Anxiety Toy
Your daily dose of veggies could get a little more satisfying thanks to the Squeeze-a-Bean Soybean Edamame Stress Relief Anti-Anxiety Toy ($8). While you're waiting for approval on your latest assignment, take the edge off by popping these plastic peas from their rubber pods.
Atesson Stainless Steel Fidget Spinner
We understand you're anxious about running your first Zoom meeting. But, you're roommates will probably appreciate you swapping your foot tapping for some fidget spinning with the Atesson Stainless Steel Fidget Spinner ($10).
Smart Squeeze Stress Relief Ball
Take a mental break from those endless email chains with the Smart Squeeze Stress Relief Ball ($40). Connect the device to your phone to track your squeeze count or to play squeeze-driven games with your friends.