by C.B. Fosbrink
According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, anxiety is the most common mental illness which affects 40 million adults (2021). It is a fear of worrying, nervousness or feeling uneasy, specifically in certain situations. There are ways to relieve the effects of anxiety such as aromatherapy, crafting or get a hug from a loved on. One recent method has gained popularity in the last year: Anxiety Rings.
An Anxiety ring is a wearable ring, also known as a spinner ring, that has pieces on it that spin in different directions. The concept is that you spin it when are you feeling anxious to reduce that out of control feeling. Or if you are a nail biter, on find yourself continually playing with your fingers and/or hands, the point is to direct that attention elsewhere. The key piece that I would suggest is to figure out which type of anxiety ring works the best for you.
I have been living with a TBI for six years and a side effect I developed was anxiety. After researching several types of anxiety rings, I have three that I have wearing for the past several weeks. Below are my reviews for each of them. I hope this helps you to decide which would help you make the most of your anxiety.
All of these products were bought from Amazon.com and I have placed the links for each under the review.
Moon and Stars Fidget Ring
Initially seeing this ring made my heart melt. It was so pretty, and the pattern was clear and really motivated me. The stars and moons made me feel calmer and I was very excited about purchasing the ring. This was the most inexpensive out of the three I pursed. I actually had to buy two sizes, as I did not realize they run small. I bought my original size, which did not fit at all, so I upgraded to a bigger size. The quality seemed good, and it reminded me of a fidget spinner. This ring only spins around your finger with the pattern only moving. On the positive side, it did help me when I was in public situations when I had anxious moments. I usually held my hands together and spin it over and over again, which did calm me and allowed me to move on. On the downside, it was bulky around my finger. I wore this ring every day, not while I slept and found it getting in the way of typing, and game playing. I also noticed that because it only spun, I didn’t have as much control. For me, anxiety is the feeling of losing control, so I’m not 100% sold on this ring. If I had a lifestyle that didn’t require the use of my hands as much, then I think this would be a nice addition.
Worry Meditation Ring
These rings came in a set of five and realistically I am not going to use all of them, but the one I chose had a fancier look to it. This ring had a very pretty look to it, which in a way replicated an engagement ring, minus the diamond. It has two a crossed pattern along with a single band with three spinners on it. The band does not close; therefore, it is helpful that it is a one size fits all size. I really like that option for this ring. It feels good to wear and is very attractive on my finger, however, it did not give me the relief I needed. The three spindles only spin from the front to the back and I found that I needed to work more on “fidgeting” with the spindles, which did not help me relax. Out of these rings, this was the least of my favorites as I needed something that would easily work to calm my nerves.
Ring with Beads
This ring has been the best option for me. It is a very simple design with just a band and several little beads surrounding it. It is incredibly light, especially out of the three reviewed and does not get in the way. If you are an anxious person who needs control, this really worked as the beads can be moved individually as well as together. I liked that it gave me that option and I find myself playing with both options in anxious situations. The movement of the beads was also nice as it did calm me down and prevented me from fidgeting with my fingers. It’s a sleek looking ring and ultimately did what I needed it to do. This is also the one my teenager enjoyed as well, and it fit pretty accurately in size.
My advice…research and choose a ring that will suit your anxious needs and then tell us how you are feeling.
Anxiety Rings by no means replace your doctor’s advice on how to handle your anxious moments. Please consult them on any future medical advice. You can also schedule an appointment with our Poppy Life Care support by going to https://poppylifecare.com/anxiety-and-depression/