Look at your own life: how many things are weighing heavy on your mind right now? Your job, your health, your finances, your relationships… any number of things can drag you down.
Of course, stress is an evil emotion. Excessive worrying can start a downward spiral. Sometimes, people need professional help to recover. Ideally, you don’t want to let yourself get to that point. It’s better to nip stress-related problems in the bud.
In this article, we’re going to look at eight stress-relieving tech toys for adults. If you buy a couple of them, you will hopefully find your stress melting away.
Do you live or work in a noisy environment? If so, you might find the constant around-the-clock commotion is making you stressed.
Of course, you could move house or apply for a new job, but for a less drastic solution, you should try using a white noise machine. White noise has been scientifically proven to mask unwanted sounds, as long as it’s played at a consistent volume.
The Marpac Dohm-DS model has a dual-speed motor and an asymmetrical fan. It provides the sound of moving air. You can also adjust its tone and volume.
Another proven stress-buster is meditation. It can help cure anxiety, manage anger, focus you on your goals, relax your body, and even improve your all-around health.
Unfortunately, meditation isn’t an easy hobby to get in to. If you don’t have any previous experience with it, you might need an expert to get you on the right track.
That’s where the Muse headband can help. It reads your brain waves to establish whether your mind is active or calm, then plays appropriate sounds through its earpiece. The device can also log all your sessions via the accompanying app.
The process of measuring brain waves and other stress-based signals your body emits is called biofeedback. The technology undoubtedly works, but it’s also expensive. An individual biofeedback gadget can often cost more than $250.
For a much cheaper solution, you can try using a stress thermometer. You won’t see stress thermometers on many lists of cool toys for adults, but hear us out.
The idea is simple. When your hands are cold, you’re more stressed. When they are warm, you’re less stressed. The thermometers measure the temperature of your finger every two seconds, thus teaching you how to control your thoughts to reduce your stress levels.
4. Buddha Board
A Buddha board allows you to “paint” with water. A few moments after you make your creation on the canvas, it disappears. Given that painting is a sure-fire way to clear the mind and relieve stress, these gadgets are guaranteed winners.
Using the board is easy. Fill up the device with water, then dip the supplied bamboo brush into the liquid and start painting. The use of water gives the images you create an oriental feel.
The board we’ve selected has some of the best reviews on Amazon. The canvas is 12×9.5 inches in size.
Stress doesn’t only come in a mental form. Your muscles and tendons can also become stressed, either because you’ve overworked them or because your stressed mind is subconsciously making them feel lethargic.
The Sunbeam heating pad is a possible solution. It can help you get rid of muscle cramps and knots.
The 12×24-inch pad has three heat settings and a slideable temperature adjuster. Furthermore, the pad’s cover is machine-washable.
However, the heating pad’s best feature is perhaps the sponge insert. It allows you to apply moist heat to your body. Moist heat is proven to relieve soreness faster than dry heat.
Essential oils have become more popular in the last few years. The correct blend of oils can help alleviate allergies, improve concentration, aid sleep, relieve stress, and a whole lot more.
Typically, the oils are placed in a large diffuser and evaporated into the air. However, large diffusers are unwieldy — you wouldn’t want to haul it to your office and back every day.
The PureSpa USB Personal Aroma Diffuser uses the same principle as a large diffuser. The difference is that it plugs into your computer’s USB port for power. This model includes three refill pads.
Unlike some other approaches we’ve discussed on this list, gaming might not be a scientifically-proven stress beater. If anything, playing the latest AAA title will increase your stress levels.
But what about a more casual desktop arcade game? At the very least, it will help you take your mind off what’s troubling you for a few minutes.
The $18.99 model on thehut.com comes with 240 classic 16-bit games. You will find all the usual arcade genres, including sports, puzzles, and fantasy. The screen is 2.5 inches, and it boasts an eight-way joystick. It’s a cool toy for adults that will be great for any fan of old-school video games.
We couldn’t publish an article about techy stress-relieving toys without mention fidget spinners. The popularity of the must-have trinket of 2017 is showing no signs of slowing down in 2018.
Predictably, tech nerds have gotten their hands on the innocuous bits of plastic and given them a makeover. For example, the SADES Prime Fidget Spinner now comes equipped with a Bluetooth speaker.
It means you can listen to your favorite soothing songs while simultaneously giving your hands something to do. The spinner even lights up. Fidget toys for adults are here, and they’re here to stay.
Which Stress-Relieving Toys for Adults Do You Use?
Whether you’re looking for something fun to keep your mind busy or you’d prefer to get a stress-relieving gadget that’s backed by science, we’re sure you’ll find something in this list.
What toys do you use when you want to burn away some stress? As always, you can leave all your tips and suggestions in the comments section below.
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