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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