Product Type: Paladone Products Novelty Toy
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Smiley Stress Ball
Member Name: Abski2001
Smiley Stress Ball
Advantages: Cheap, easy to use and effective
Disadvantages: A bit 'loud' colour wise!
My work, as I am sure lots of peoples does too, stresses me out from time to time (recently more so than ever!). Likely due to my constant moaning and tension my partner bought me one of these smiley stress balls which now lives on my work desk.
This stress ball is no different from any I have used before, bar from its appearance having the smiley face pattern. They are for the most part all made from the same material, use the same method and have equal psychological and physical results. The material used to make these is a foam rubber, which is formed by a chemical reaction after injecting liquid parts of the foam into a mould and it reacting with carbon dioxide. This method of production means that all sorts of shapes and patterns can be created for the market.
The smiley faced stress ball is made by Paladone, a company that creates numerous amounts of novelty gadgets and gizmos, many of which can be found on Dooyoo. The ball is a bright yellow colour and spherical which makes it ideal for fitting in the palm of your hand. On the yellow ball is painted the classic smiley, happy face in black, which is supposed to cheer you up! Just beneath this is written 'stress ball' in case you couldn't fathom it out. The products itself feels almost molten to touch and due to its internal contents can be put under tremendous pressure and also force from your hand and slowly mergers back into its original shape.
To use the stress ball you simply squeeze it in your hand and manipulate it with your fingers. They are generally used to either help relieve stress and muscle tension or to exercise the muscles of the hand. Mine is purely used for mental stresses, though a bit of hand exercise never hurt anyone. I find that these stress relievers really do work for me, but they are purely a personal experience and what works for one person may not work for another when it comes to psychological issues.
I often find myself subconsciously squeezing this ball and letting my mind drift away from a tense experience or anxiety I am feeling at that time. I find it particularly helpful when I have important telephone calls as it relaxes my mind having to split it in two directions rather than focus and stress over the one thing. Whatever shape/colour/pattern stress ball I have used they have all given me the same, good result and experience so I do definitely recommend them. I do not really like the colour and pattern on this stress ball; it is a bit garish for me especially for use at work. So for cosmetic reasons I am knocking a star off the rating, this is however a personal negative opinion. The stress ball does exactly what I want it to do and so practically I cannot fault it.
This currently retails for approximately £2.99 at Amazon, I have not seen it in any high street stores, though you can find lots of types of stress balls in stationary and novelty shops alike.
Summary: For a fun and stress free moment buy this Paladone stress ball
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