Office desk toys that combat workplace stress

Health & Well Being at Work


Ever had one of those days at the office where nothing seems to go your way? Just as you finish one piece of work, the next is already waiting on your desk. You begin to wonder if this never-ending pile of work will ever disappear. Then why not take a minute to relax with one of these office desk toys aimed at helping you de-stress when you need it the most? You never know, it might be just what you need to regain focus and break that productivity barrier.  

1. Emergency stress ball

A stress ball is probably the quickest and easiest way to relieve tension. When we are under a lot of strain our bodies tend to tense up, hence the benefits of releasing that through squeezing. Dr David Posen believes that "The benefit of squeezing is that it releases some kind of energy – it also induces you to relax". Why not give it a go?

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2. Kinetic light Newton's cradle

While some people can find this particular desk toy rather annoying, this Newton's cradle is like no other. It lights up, giving a calming aura – just watching it can be quite therapeutic. It comes with three colour reaction modes so there is bound to be one to suit your needs and help you de-stress. The reason these toys work, revealed by Dr David Pose, is that "there's an element of distraction. It calms the body".

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3. iCade Jr.

Sometimes the only way to wind down from all your hard work is to have a break and adopt the 'work hard play hard' attitude. Having the right balance of work and play in the office is a crucial part of employee motivation and productivity. Just plug your iPhone into this arcade game docking station and let the fun begin!

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4. Desktop punching bag

Are you the type of person who gets a touch aggressive when feeling stressed or having a bad day? If so, this toy is perfect for you as it helps to combat stress, frustration and anger. So the next time you are at that tipping point, why not take out some of that stress on the punching bag?

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5. USB Fishquarium

Do you work in a fast-paced, stressful office? Then this USB fish tank would be great asset for your desk. "Anything that has to do with rhythm or water – watching something – is very soothing," Dr David Posen reveals. So why not try staring at this fish tank and letting it put your mind at ease?

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6. Aroma diffuser with built in soothing music

Some people think having a massage is one of the most relaxing things to do and a great way to de-stress. The music and the aroma of the oils all help to make this a relaxing experience, as it involves all the senses at once. If you love a massage, then why not try this diffuser with built in soothing music – it will help to clear your mind and ease your stress. Or, if you just want the music, then check out our previous post on how music can aid productivity.

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