In the last few years, fidget jewelry has become increasingly popular. One of the most common forms of fidget jewelry are fidget rings.
These rings can include stylish beads that can be moved back and forth, rings with spinning tops, bands that can rotate one inside the other and, in our case, rings that spin and click.
This type of jewelry allows users to subtly fidget in public to improve concentration, help with anxiety, and to break bad habits. In addition to those benefits, they frequently come in stylish designs that encourage confidence for the person wearing them.
It is important to note that fidget rings should not be used in place of any prescribed medical practices.
This post explores fidget ring uses, common groups of people who fidget, and the many benefits that can come from wearing fidget jewelry.
Fidget Rings Uses
There are a lot of different reasons that might cause a person to fidget.
Some people only fidget on occasion while others are constantly fidgeting. It’s important to be able to recognize the situations that increase your need to fidget.
When we feel anxious or stressed, extra energy builds up in our bodies and needs to be released somehow. That’s where fidgeting comes in. Tapping your toes, bouncing your leg, or even playing with your hair are forms of fidgeting that help to release some of that energy.
Unfortunately, these forms of fidgeting can be distracting to the people around you. When you’re at the office preparing for a big presentation, for example, it can be beneficial to have a discreet method of fidgeting.
Fidget rings allow people who fidget when they’re anxious, to release that excess energy without distracting those around them.
Fidgeting To Focus
Sometimes it’s easy to lose focus when you’re in the classroom, at work, or even just trying to complete a simple task at home. Some people fidget to improve their concentration on the task at hand.
Fidgeting helps balance the levels of dopamine and norepinephrine in our brains which improves the attention of the person struggling to focus.
However, much like the issues that arise with fidgeting to release energy built up from anxiety, fidgeting to focus can end up distracting the people around us.
Fidget rings can be a subtle way for people who struggle with focusing to stay on task without disrupting the people around them.
Replacing Bad Habits With Fidgeting
Many of us have nervous habits we’ve adapted that bring a little bit of comfort when we’re dealing with stressful situations.
Some of these habits might include biting your nails or picking at your skin. These habits can be harmful to your body and cause unnecessary pain and embarrassment.
In this case, fidget rings can provide your hands with something else to do to help break bad habits. Whenever the user feels like they want to engage with their destructive habits, they can play with their fidget ring instead.
Common Groups of People Who Fidget
There are groups of people that are prone to fidgeting, much like there are common situations that cause fidgeting.
Dr. Carol Claflin, a developmental psychologist that writes for Therapy Shoppe, defined various groups of people that are more prone to fidgeting.
People With ADHD
The first group of people Dr. Claflin identified in her piece on fidget tools were children and adults who are diagnosed with ADHD.
ADHD can make it harder to focus and complete tasks for people who have received a diagnosis. As we mentioned earlier, fidgeting can help with concentration and focus.
Fidget rings require people who wear them to use a sense other than the primary sense needed to complete a task. The task of clicking or spinning a fidget ring is both subtle and mundane, allowing the person with ADHD to focus on the primary task at hand while also allowing those around them to maintain their focus.
People With Sensory Processing Differences
The second group of people Dr. Claflin identified were people that have sensory processing differences.
Having a sensory processing difference essentially means more sensory input is needed than is typical to complete a task.
Fidgeting is a task that requires little-to-no concentration. It also engages senses that are not required to complete the primary task at hand.
The combination of those two things helps the brain filter out senses that are distracting the mind and allows the brain to focus on what actually requires concentration.
People With Behavioral and Emotional Issues
The third group of people Dr. Claflin identified were people that struggle with behavioral and emotional issues.
Overstimulation can cause a person to act out in any given situation. Overstimulation can come from environments that are too loud, too bright, have too many distractions, and a number of other things.
Fidgeting can help combat overstimulation by giving the brain something to do that it doesn’t have to think about. When someone with behavioral or emotional problems feels like they need to act on an impulse or they’re too overstimulated, they can use their fidget ring to become aware of what in their environment might be causing these feelings.
Gaining awareness over what triggers overstimulation and how senses can be used to calm a person down can help to ease behavioral or emotional issues someone might be struggling with.
Fidget Ring Benefits
Fidget rings can be beneficial for everyone! You don’t have to identify with any of the groups listed to reap the benefits from fidget rings.
Fidgeting has even more benefits than just helping with anxiety, attention, and beating bad habits.
According to Mary Kay Delaney from Meredith College,
fidgeting can help with memory retention. If you’re someone who is constantly forgetting where you put things, what you discussed in a previous meeting, or you simply cannot remember why you walked into the kitchen, fidgeting can help you avoid those situations.
Overstimulation isn’t just something that affects people with sensory processing differences. Everyone can feel overstimulated once in a while. Messing around with a fidget ring can help you keep calm when you start to experience the effects of overstimulation.
Fidgeting can even help improve your self-control. If you’re someone that tends to act on impulse or if you’re trying to promote better spending habits, trying out a fidget ring can actually stimulate a different part of your brain to forget the need to act on those impulses.
Hopefully by now you’re convinced of all the benefits that fidget rings can bring into your life.
If you feel like anything mentioned in this post resonates with you, fidget rings might be your new favorite piece of jewelry.
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