I, A Stressed Person, Tried A Fidget Spinner And Had Mixed Emotions
Fidget spinners are not relaxing, it turns out.
Hi! I’m Becky and I have just received my first fidget spinner. I think I should be excited but I’m feeling trepidation tbh.
Amazon sells the fidget spinner as a “stress reducer” that can help with anxiety, and for £5.99 that sounds great. But will incessantly spinning a piece of plastic in my hand actually chill me out? Let’s give it a try.
FIRST IMPRESSIONS: As cult toys go, Tamagotchis seemed more exciting. I’m also a little sad I couldn’t get the cosmic-coloured one – its delivery time was too long.
I don’t really know what you’re meant to do with a fidget spinner, so I just spin it. It spins. I try to spin it again, but it falls on the table. I pick it up and spin it again. It spins. I guess this is it.
I stare into the hypnotic blur as it spins. Maybe this is relaxing. It’s definitely a distraction. I mean, when I’m fidget spinning, I can’t do anything else. I can’t work, I can’t pick anything up – it’s a wholly consuming activity.
As the day goes on, there is something happening in my brain. It’s a craving. A desire to pick up the spinner, to feel the weight of it in my fingers, the whirring as it turns.
OK, time to test this thing in the real world. The tube in London is quite a stressful place. It’s very crowded and everyone in the city is pretty tense ATM. I get the fidget spinner out on my commute to see if it unwinds me.
I get home and show my other half the fidget spinner. He is immediately deeply smitten with it. He starts fantasising about watching movie marathons while fidget spinning, which he feels would be an extremely relaxing experience.
As the days pass, I find myself avoiding the fidget spinner. I can tell I could get addicted to it, and addiction is not a relaxing state for me. Neither is fidgeting. I prefer calmness and quiet when I’m stressed, not rapid movement and rattling noise.
I’ve decided that the fidget spinner is not stress-reducing, at least not for me. And I think not for this dog who went viral with a fidget spinner on his nose:
Look at his worried eyes:
It's worth it if:
• You're the sort of person who finds fidgeting "relaxing".
• You don't care about being relaxed, you just love to fidget.
• You need to take part in the trend everyone was talking about two weeks ago.
It's not worth it if:
• Like me, you find sitting still and breathing slowly more relaxing than fidgeting.
• You're not that coordinated and will drop it all the time.
• You think you'll get bored with it in a day and don't want to add more unnecessary plastic waste to the planet.