What Are Stress Balls Made Of?

Was this the idea behind stress balls?
Was this the idea behind stress balls? (Image: Image by Flickr.com, courtesy of Gordana Adamovic-Mladenovic)

By their name, it is easy to guess what stress balls are for, namely for relieving stress. They are those balls that fit in the palm of your hand that you squeeze when you are feeling particularly uptight about something. They are also good for relieving pain from repetitive work done with your hands, like typing on the keyboard, for instance. Have you ever wondered what is inside them or how you can make one yourself?


Inside of factory-made stress balls are gel or foam. Many contain a special type of foam rubber known as closed-cell polyurethane foam rubber, according to the Quality Logo Products article library. Covering the stress balls with a durable fabric designed to endure a lot of handling comes next.


You can make your own stress balls using rubber balloons. Fill them with safe items like cornstarch or flour. For a different feel, you can use organic products like rice, beans or grains. Making your own stress balls can also be a great craft activity for children over eight years of age. Keep in mind that homemade stress balls will normally not last as long as the factory-made ones will.


Scented stress balls are becoming popular. You can find them with scents such as peppermint, lilac, cucumber melon, eucalyptus, mint, lavender, mango and pink grapefruit. Many people use aromatherapy as a stress reliever, so combining the two is a great match.


You can get stress balls in all colors, styles, fabrics and shapes, according to the Quality Logo Products website. You can even find them in the shape of animals or cartoon characters.


Stress balls are not safe for small children or animals. Exposure to messy or toxic materials will occur if they break.


We all know that a build-up of stress is harmful to your health. Stress reliever balls are one way to help alleviate stress in your life. Because they are popular, you will certainly be able to find one that suits your personality and liking. Once you get one, you will have a hard time resisting handling it.

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