It’s no secret that stress is the most common psychological condition people are experiencing today. Chronic stress can lead not only to anxiety, but a variety of physical conditions, such as high blood pressure, sleep disorders, headaches, fatigue, and cardiovascular problem, to name a few.
Recently, peers at Perry Wellness Center participated in a series of groups which discussed stress and coping skills. After several groups were held, staff and peers then worked together to create their own “stress balls.”
Stress balls or squeeze balls have become popular in recent years and are used for everything from physical therapy to strength building. They are also a quick way to reduce stress. They provide a needed shift in focus, while lowering one’s heart rate. They also remind the body’s muscles to relax. Frequent use can improve nervous system functioning and lower hormones that elevate stress levels. These hormones are produced when the body goes into a “fight or flight” response to an intense period of stress.
If you would like to make your own stress ball, here are some simple instructions. With a latex balloon and some filler such as flour or rice, you can create one in a few minutes.
In the photo above, peer Sean Thigpen and certified peer specialist Sarah Teal work together to design stress balls.