Yet tapping your toes during an important business meeting — even if it helps you focus — won't please your coworkers and biting your nails while dining at a fancy restaurant is unlikely to impress your date. So, what are you to do?
Enter the ingenious inventions known as fidgets. Some people describe them as toys, but ADHD sufferer Elizabeth Prager calls them "'tools to make them seem less child-like."
Additionally, multiple studies have shown these gadgets can aid people of all ages. One found that folks who mashed stress balls during awake surgery were more relaxed, while another showed that similar sensory stimulation lowered cancer patients' distress during treatment.
Though these devices are helpful to young and old alike, you won't want to pull out a flashy fidget during, say, a job interview.
Keep reading for five recommendations for gadgets that won't have you drawing unwanted attention.
You don't have to tell anyone these are fidgets — they can just sit on your desk and look nice — and yet they offer a variety of soothing possibilities. You could plop a silver kinetic desk toy ball on your worktop and then spin it when anxiety hits or you can embrace the beauty of nature — and the joy of raking through sand — with a miniature zen garden.
Sqeeze out your anger, fears and frustrations with these spherical wonders, which come in a variety of shapes, colors and textures. Want an orb that reminds you to be happy? Try this one. Or how about a set of spheres of varying densities, like these? If you merely want something bright to behold, then invest in colorful globes such as the Vive Hand Exercise Balls.
Whatever your reasons for using a fidget, remember there is far less shame in engaging with the apparatus than in having an explosive outburst at the office. And who knows? Maybe you'll inspire your stressed-out colleagues to take better care of themselves — that would be a win-win for everyone!