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Who hasn't experienced it? A stressful day at work or an inner conflict that just can't be resolved. Sometimes you would like to break something or just release the pressure? We would like to present you with a solution to your problem: the stressball.

In this article, we will introduce you to our favourite stressballs. We will explain in more detail what is important when buying a stressball and answer important questions. At the end, we will also give you instructions on how to make your own stressballs.




The most important facts

  • A stressball is an inexpensive alternative that can help reduce stress. It can be bought individually or as a set.
  • It is available in many different colours, shapes and degrees of hardness. Depending on the material, manufacturers promise a long durability.
  • Stressballs are very versatile. They are suitable for adults as well as for children, for therapy of hand muscle diseases, for the office, for athletes or as a gift for a friend.

The Best Stressball: Our Picks

Buying and rating criteria for stressballs

To help you choose the ideal stressball, we have worked out some buying and evaluation criteria. These should make your decision easier. We focus on the following criteria:

Based on these criteria, you should be able to make the best purchase decision for you.

Size

Stressballs come in different sizes. This is very practical because we all have different sized hands. You should be able to find the perfect stressball for young and old, big and small. On average, the diameter of the anti-stressballs is 6 cm. They are even available in XXL for particularly large hands.

Design

There are many different colours for stressballs. From simple to eye-catching, everything is possible. You also have the option of choosing between faces or sayings to decorate your ball.

You can also choose the shape very individually. Most often, the stressballs come in the shape of a ball or egg. But they also come in the shape of a heart, an animal or a smiley face.

Material

They are often made of polyurethane foam or consist of a fabric or rubber skin filled with gel. The advantage of foam is that the ball can be deformed during use, but always regains its original shape afterwards. In addition, foam promises a long shelf life, but is not particularly sustainable.

The gel-filled stressballs are also easy to knead. Unlike the foam balls, these often remain in the last shaped figure. They are mostly non-toxic, but it is not recommended to let your children play with these "toys" unsupervised.

Furthermore, there are also anti-stressballs that are filled with sand or flour. These are usually not of such high quality because they can break more quickly than those made of foam or gel.

Hardness level

There are different strengths of stressballs for adults who use them for therapy purposes. This allows the intensity of the training to be increased individually. Basically, the degree of hardness is differentiated between soft, medium and firm.

Guide: Frequently asked questions on the subject of stressballs answered in detail

In this section we would like to answer the most important questions about stressballs.

Who is a stressball suitable for?

A stressball is suitable for anyone who wants to reduce stress or increase concentration. In principle, it can be used by women and men as well as by children. The stressball can relax body and soul and thus has a very positive effect on people.

When kneading, squeezing or pressing the ball, our performance can improve significantly. This phenomenon is called attention focusing. This kind of distraction releases blocks to thinking.

In addition, a stressball exercises the muscles of the hand, which in turn can benefit people with symptoms of arthritis or carpal tunnel or after surgery. This is because it improves hand mobility and grip, as well as increasing blood flow to the hands and fingers.

What types of stressballs are there?

Basically, there are foam stressballs, plasticine balls and the homemade stressballs. The difference between the different types lies in their malleability. Foam balls can be squeezed, but always retain their original shape. Plasticine balls, on the other hand, retain their new shape after being squashed. The same can apply to the homemade stressballs. The deformability depends on the material used.

What does a stressball cost?

A stressball is an inexpensive alternative for stress relief. Instead of buying a punching bag or breaking one pen after another, you can easily buy a small stressball online.

Price range Available products
Low-priced (1 - 5 €) Mostly single stressballs
Medium-priced (5 - 10€) Stressballs in sets
High-priced (from 10 €) Stressballs in sets, ergonomic design, therapy balls

Stressballs are not particularly expensive and yet they bring so many advantages. If you have been taking out your frustrations on other people, you should consider switching now at the latest.

How can you make your own stressball?

It is actually quite easy to make your own stressball. All you need is:

  • a balloon (as a cover)
  • Flour, rice or sand (as filling)
  • a funnel/plastic bottle

First, fill your plastic bottle with your desired filling. Then blow up your balloon and put it over the neck of the plastic bottle.

Stressball

With a balloon, some sand and a plastic bottle, you can easily make your own stressball. (Image source: Gabriel Alenius/ Unsplash)

In the third step, tip the plastic bottle with the balloon over so that the filling can trickle in. At a height of 6 to 7 cm, the ball should be sufficiently filled. Then carefully detach the balloon from the neck of the bottle and slowly let the excess air escape. Finally, tie the balloon in a knot.

Optionally, you can cut off the end of the balloon and put another balloon on top of it to make it look nicer. You can also personalise your homemade stressball with a marker by drawing a face on it or decorating it with a saying.

Conclusion

A stressball is suitable for all people who want to reduce stress. The advantages of a stressball are on the one hand the possible increase in performance and on the other hand the improvement of the hand muscles. In addition to a classic stressball, you also have the option of using a cube. Here, several functions are combined in one product.

You can buy stressballs very cheaply in shops. Everyone should be able to find what they are looking for, because this tool is available in many different versions. They are available for squeezing and kneading, egg or ball-shaped, large and small, colourful or plain. If there is nothing for you or if you just like to be creative, you can of course make your own stressballs.

(Cover picture: Natalii Sdobnikova / 123rf)

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