Calm Strips

12 April 2021

What are calm strips? Similar to stress toys, Calm Strips are a slim and discrete stress tool to help with focus and attention.

Calm Strips were designed to help manage anxiety, which affected an estimated 63% of college students in 2020.

Stress tools have been shown to:

  • Decrease distractions and increase attention span in academic environments
  • Increase productivity
  • Enhance memory
  • Provide a calming effect
  • Reduce feelings of anxiety and stress
  • Reduce restlessness

How to use a calm strip:

  • Rub the Calm Strip with your fingertips
  • Scratch it with your fingernails
  • Pick at the edges

When should you use it?

  • During class to maintain attention
  • During meditation and grounding practices
  • For ASMR purposes
  • Before sleep

Common places to put Calm Strips:

  • On a tablet
  • On a water bottle
  • On a notebook or planner
  • Next to the trackpad on a laptop
  • On your desk
  • The back of your phone

References

America, I., & America, I. (2020, March 02). The deteriorating mental health of u.s. college students: Part i. Retrieved April 05, 2021, from https://www.imagine-america.org/deteriorating-mental-health-u-s-college-students-part/#:~:text=Of%20those%2019.9%20million%2C%20a,just%20in%20the%20past%20year.

Beck, J. (2015, July 15). How stress toys could be helping you focus at work. Retrieved April 05, 2021, from https://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2015/07/stress-toys-focus-work/398453/

Isbister, K. (2017, May 18). Fidget toys aren’t just hype. Retrieved April 05, 2021, from https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/fidget-toys-arent-just-hype/

Stalvey, S., & Brasell, H. (2006). Using stress balls to focus the attention of sixth-grade learners. The Journal of At-Risk Issues, 12(2).

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