Something to do with my hands.
For as long as I can remember I have needed to be able to keep my hands busy.
My husband can sit and watch television – JUST sit and watch. I can’t do that. I need to have a pad and pencil on my lap or my iPad or my cross-stitch – something – anything to keep my hands busy.
Having something to do with my hands actually helps me to focus on the tv program in the same way that doodling in my notebooks helped me concentrate during lectures in college.
I am very uncomfortable if my hands are not occupied.
The fidget spinners that are very popular today are supposed to enable children to release their anxieties through the movement of the spinner. Teachers I know hate the wretched things as the students use them as toys or weapons of warfare.
When I was first diagnosed with Anxiety Disorder, my doctor gave me a ball of Stress Putty. It is a squishy, stretchy ball of dough infused with essential oil. When kneaded or shaped it a) gives hands something to do and b) releases calming essences to ease the anxiety. Much nicer than a fidget spinner.
How to make Stress Putty
1 cup Cornstarch/Cornflour
6 oz. hand lotion (unscented or scented)
*Optional Food Dye
*Optional Essential Oils (lavender, clary sage, lemon grass
- Add 1 cup Cornstarch/Cornflour to bow.
- Squeeze 6 oz. of lotion into your bowl of Cornstarch/Cornflour.
- Mix it with your spoon and then your hands – kneading the dough until smooth.
- Optional Add 1-2 drops of color and mix
- Optional Add 1 drop of Essential Oils
- If the mixture is to stiff, add some more lotion. It should be stretchy and pliable.
- If the mixture is too soft or slushy, add some extra cornstarch.
- You can also add a little glitter for a unicorn effect.
Store your Stress Putty in an airtight container. It will last for ages.
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