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I am writing about baseball stress balls during the baseball playoffs. Some of us…ugh…need something safe to squeeze or throw during these games to reduce stress!

While stress balls are therapeutic, they can also be fun.

When you use a stress ball, it is rather like doing a fun progressive stress relaxation technique .

If you were to focus on clenching one of your fists really tightly, and then slowly open it up you will feel the sensation of being “tight”, and then a nice slow letting go energy prevails.

Why use stress balls?

In addition to the relaxation benefit that I mentioned above, here are some other ways that stress balls can be therapeutic:
  • strengthen hand muscles
  • improve coordination
  • treat arthritis and rheumatism
  • improve the circulation of blood
  • improve mental focus
  • help in the treatment of carpal-tunnel syndrome

Using a stress ball is easy. All you have to do is to place it in the palm of your hand and repetitively squeeze it with your fingers. Then, slowly let go, or opening up of your hand.

The benefit to you comes with the repetition of squeezing and opening up your hand.

Stress balls and stress reduction?

Most stress reliever balls are made of either foam rubber, or of a special therapeutic gel that comes in varying densities.

If you are using a stress ball for therapeutic reasons, it would be advisable to ask your doctor how much resistance would be beneficial to your healing process.

However, if you are seeking emotional or muscular stress relief it is a good idea to squeeze a ball with that has more resistance. When you are stressed, your muscles tend to tense up. That is why many people will get neck, shoulder, or headache problems.

It is usually the tensing up of muscles that come with being stressed that is the problem.

So, just like you tried with just clenching your fist, the firmer your stress ball is the more you will be able to release your stress while becoming more relaxed.

No one said that managing stress couldn’t be a little fun. While you are reaping the rewards from using your baseball stress ball, just pretend you are playing.

Enjoy and feel better.

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