Stress Toys

Stress Relief Tool – Stress Toys

The right stress toy can put a smile on your face and/or help you relax.

Giving your hands something to do during an anxious situation can help alleviate some of the tension. On my desk I have several toys including:

A mini Slinky (a metal one as the plastic ones don’t work as well), a wind-up doll that looks like he is dancing to Chubby Checkers’ “The Twist,” and dice that humorously help me decide my next course of action.

If you attend trade shows and conferences, there is usually a vendor giving away stress balls made out of foam. Those work great to squeeze in your hand. If you do a search on, there will be over 20,000 items that match the search term “stress toy.”

Technically, a Dammit Doll could be considered another stress toy, but the usage makes it quite different. Whereas the stress toys I mentioned previously are more benign, a Dammit Doll is designed to let you release excessive negative energy. As the manufacturer describes on

“When life gives you that crazy urge to scream and destroy, Dammit Doll is here to support you. Go ahead – THROW, SLAM, and WHACK the ultimate stress-relief tool. The Classic Dammit Doll is engineered to absorb all that negative energy so you can let go and get your happy back on.”

I actually gave one of these to my elderly mom for Christmas one year, and she whacks it against her furniture and walls every time she hears something on the news she doesn’t like. It’s pretty funny to watch!

The bottom line is that you have a large assortment to choose from. Pick something you like that puts a smile on your face and/or helps you relax.


Posted by Professor Pete Alexander

A seasoned professional with over 30 years of Sales and Marketing experience, Pete has battled the negative effects of stress head-on and has developed the LIGHTEN™ stress relief model that motivates his peers to take action and overcome their self-imposed barriers to success using clever yet simple tools and techniques.

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