It’s hard to find anyone who doesn’t like fidget toys. They’re an amazing stress and anxiety reliever, used by kids and adults alike. They were originally used in therapy for people with autism, but today they’re used by everyone who wants to increase concentration and reduce anxiety and stress levels.
If you’re in the office biting your nails and finding it hard to focus, simply swirling or crushing a fidget toy in your hand can get rid of that nasty habit. It can also be helpful if you’re trying to quiet smoking or overeating while surfing the web, watching TV or doing work on the computer. Don’t underestimate the power of this simple tool! It changes the neural patterns and replaces bad habits with one that is completely neutral.
It can also increase your productivity levels like you wouldn’t believe. We often time procrastinate because there is a misalignment between our mental and physical state. While our brain wants to focus on the task ahead, the body is simply too energized to follow the command. By playing around with a fidget toy, the body can be tricked to expand energy in a safe way, allowing you to focus on the task ahead.
There are many fidget toys to choose from, but some are quieter than others. If you want to use one in an office or a classroom, you’ll definitely want to get a quiet one. Otherwise you’ll cause a disturbance in the environment which may increase your anxiety levels rather than lower them. Some features to look for when buying a quiet fidget are:
1. Soft material
Fidget toys made out of soft material will generally not produce any noise. The only exception is if the toy was purposely made to produce noise if you squeeze it or spin it. But that’s almost never the case with fidget toys, because in this case noise is not considered to be therapeutic in any way.
This set of quiet and soft fidget toys is excellent for kids who struggle with anxiety in the classroom. It’s colorful, safe and there’s 8 toys to choose from so it’s a great long-term solution.
While that set is also used by adults, I personally wouldn’t get it for my office. If you’re an adult, you may want to get something more adults oriented. This is in my opinion the best fidget toy for a workplace. It’s soft, fairly small, can be stored in a pocket and used anywhere. And most important of all, it’s completely silent. You can bend it, squish it or whatever else you feel like, without anyone hearing you do it. And judging by the customer reviews it’s really durable as well.
Solution for fidgety feet?
If you’re a leg/feet fidgeting type of dude or gal like myself, twisting and turning in your chair and messing up your posture in the process, there’s a quiet solution for that as well. You can tie elastic bands to your desk. This can be incredibly helpful if you find yourself twisting your feet or tapping on the floor all the time.
There is also a great professional solution for this: bouncy bands for desks. These bouncy bands are made exactly for those with fidgeting problems and for reducing anxiety. While you can get thick and durable elastic bands and do this yourself, this is a much easier option. It’s easy to install since the loops and tubes can quickly slide on the legs of a desk. Plus, it’s completely quiet.
2. No bearings
Metal bearings and even hard plastic ones can get noisy after some period of use. This sometimes happens with fidget spinners, especially those of lower quality. They’re not meant to last forever, and after a few weeks or months, the bearings become loose and/or collect dirt.
This doesn’t have to be a major problem though. If you really want to use a fidget spinner, cleaning the bearings will often solve the problem and even makes it spin faster.
So to summarize the video linked in the previous sentence:
To clean the bearings, first remove the cap in the middle of the fidget spinner from both sides.
- you’ll see a ring with little balls inside that have probably collected some dust and grime. Blow air with your mouth or with an air compressor to that area until you’ve cleaned it up.
- If blowing air is not enough for super quiet results, you can clean the area further with rubbing alcohol. That will definitely make your fidget spinner quieter.
3. Metal fidget spinners are quieter than plastic ones
Metal fidget spinners are better because they last longer and their parts are stronger. When it comes to noise, the spinner bearings are the most important part. I’m talking about that part in the middle of the spinner that allows it to spin in the first place. There can be metal or plastic parts inside.
While metal fidget spinners are more expensive, they will last longer and spin faster. So unless you’re on a really tight budget, they’re definitely the better option. If you want to be the coolest silent cat in the office, this brass fidget spinner will make it happen. It’s the coolest and quietest one I’ve personally ever had.
But if you’re looking for a more affordable metal fidget spinner in the range of $5-$10, there are many others available on Amazon.
I typically use my fidget spinner when I’m researching information to write on this website. While I wasn’t using one, I would typically stuff myself with peanuts or peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. If I was in the good mood I would bite my nails instead.
Once I got a fidget spinner, I stopped those negative habits with zero effort. My hands look neat and my six pack abs are definitely closer to the surface!
If you’re in the same boat, dealing with procrastination of the worst kind, I advise you to get the fidget toy that you like and one that won’t produce noise and disturb people around you. The quietest options are soft fidget toys that you squish in your hand. But a good metal fidget spinner is another quiet option to consider. I hope this information helps, and I wish you happy fidgeting!
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