Most office desks include a computer, phone, sticky notes and… a stress ball. While many people view stress balls simply as office ornaments, there really are both psychological and physiological reasons for using them as stressful situations present themselves.
The act of tightening a muscle group and then releasing that tension also translates into emotional release of tension. Similar to how anger release is achieved by beating up a punching bag, stress balls are a physical way to alleviate stress and tension.
Like acupuncture, stimulation of the nerves in your hands triggers the limbic system in your brain, which is the part of the brain related to emotion and motivation. Stimulating this region can increase productivity and improve your overall mood.
Have you ever heard people recommending exercise to boost your mood? Physical movement releases endorphins which promote a positive mood balance. Even if the physical movement is small, such as squeezing a stress ball, the endorphin release occurs and the benefits are helpful. Using a stress ball can also serve as a mental distraction from a stressful situation you are dealing with.
Shall we re-name them to be called health balls? Stress balls serve other health benefits too! From improved circulation to strengthening your hand muscles against carpel tunnel syndrome, stress balls are beneficial for just about anyone.
National Pen offers a variety of stress balls in a bunch of different shapes, colors and sizes so that you can give your employees or customers something that they will truly hold on to!