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


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