My husband shopped several stores in our area trying to find the latest toy craze for my kids, fidget spinners. Finally, we resigned to buying them online. The first time I saw one was only a few weeks ago. I was at a family get together and saw my nephew playing with his. I had no idea how popular this new toy was.
They are marketed as a stress-relieving toy that helps with nervous energy and has been known to help with ADHD, autism and even helped people quit smoking. A fidget spinner is a small device you hold in the centre and flick to make it spin rapidly. They are available in a variety of materials, with the body typically made from metals such as brass, copper, stainless steel and titanium. The heaver the metal, the longer it spins.
Since my first introduction, I’ve seen it used for a variety of reasons. Simple in its design but with the ability to distract the user from a fleeting mind or nervous thoughts.
Not that long ago I went to a Spa and had a 90-minute massage. I wanted some time to reenergize and get some relax time. For a good part of the massage, my mind was racing from work related topics to blog related topics and back to work related topics. It took me a while to quiet my mind.
Have you ever tried to focus on a project only to have your mind race on a variety of other topics? What the fidget spinner attempts to do is to deter those thoughts and keep it focused on the spinner. The idea is simple but powerful. Distract your mind for a few minutes to be able to calm your mind.
If lack of focus is blocking your creativity, then maybe a fidget spinner is worth a try. Going for a walk is not always possible for lack of time, but a 5-minute spin may just do wonders. The morale of this post is not to necessarily buy a fidget spinner. Unless, you are curious about its effects. The goal is to remind you that sometimes it is necessary to stop what you’re are working on temporarily and recharge your mind.
Hand Spinners – Fidget Toys
We live in a world with constant deadlines and we sometimes believe in order to make the deadline, we need to keep pushing. Sometimes, the fastest way to get your creative juices flowing is to take a break from the project and focus on another topic that doesn’t require much thought. You may be surprised at what you come up with you are not thinking about it.
What do you do to calm your mind?