Neurodiversity and fidgets - Subtly Anxious

Neurodiversity and fidgets

Fidget jewellery or fidget toys can help people with neurodiversity including people with anxiety, ADHD, sensory processing disorder, OCD and other mental health disorders. 


Fidget toys have become one of the most popular purchases around, but usually marketed to children. But what I've come to realise is that adults need to meet their sensory needs too. Anxiety rings or fidget rings is a subtle, elegant and stylish piece of jewellery for teens and adults who need to stim at work, in social situations, in class at school or just generally as a sensory stim. Focussing on the fidget piece has helped me to calm my anxiety and release stress during high periods of stress at work and also as a new mum. 

Although there is limited research in fidget jewellery and fidget toys to help with anxiety, there is research that has noted the benefits of fidget jewellery in adults and young children with ADHD. 

The benefits of fidget rings is to:

  • increase focus
  • improve concentration
  • reduce fidgeting 
  • relieve stress and anxiety
  • promote calmness and relaxation

There is some research which suggests that physical activity such as small hand and finger movements releases dopamine and norepinephrine. An increase can lead to improved focus and better attention. 

However, fidget toys and fidget rings should not be an alternative for evidence based treatment for ADHD. Please ensure you do your own research before you purchase an anxiety ring or fidget ring. No

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