stress ball


: a small ball or other object made of soft material (such as rubber) that one can squeeze with the hand to relieve stress and that usually resumes its original shape when released
In one study, sixth-graders who used stress balls were less distracted in class. The toys could also be more helpful for some people than others; in that study, students who were kinesthetic learners tended to use the stress balls more, and get more of an attention benefit from them.Julie Beck
The idea for using a stress ball is to transfer your stress, tension and anxiety into the ball by squeezing it as best you can, and then release. The ball's job is to absorb it all! Unlike paper that you wad up tightly in your hand, the ball quickly returns to its original shape when the pressure is released.Kim Harris
Finally, it was time to meet the one who instigated this comparison. The day McDonald's was delivered, we received a package with score cards, a stress ball in the shape of a burger and the laminated photo you see next to the meal.Anne Marie Panoringan

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Stress-Ball Squeeze Squish a stress ball (a tennis ball works too) with your entire hand for 5 to 10 pulses. Mallory Creveling, Women's Health, 23 Feb. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1988, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of stress ball was in 1988

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Cite this Entry

“Stress ball.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 31 Mar. 2023.

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