Feeling stressed a lot? Having a way to relieve stress at your desk, in front of the TV, or wherever you may be is important for your health and one very simple way is to use a stress ball for squeezing away the tension. Great for those who use electronic equipment a lot, a stress ball gives your hand and wrist muscles a workout while your mind gets to focus on removing some of that stress. Making your own is really easy and it's something the kids can help with if you're so inclined.
Obtain a rubber balloon (deflated), some flour or sand (flour is better for actual stress relief but sand is good for playing with), a funnel, a spoon and a pencil.
Put the bottom of the funnel into the mouth of the balloon, and begin putting the filler inside using the spoon. It's a lot better to work outside, because this gets messy. Make sure the end of the funnel is snugged tightly in the rubber balloon. Because as you add the flour or sand the balloon just might slip off. Don't fill up the funnel all the way to the top.
At one point or other, especially if you're using flour, the funnel will become clogged. Use the pencil to unclog it. The entire process will take a lot longer than you think, but it is worth it. In fact, see it as an exercise in focusing and relieving stress!
After you have filled up the balloon, tie it to prevent the contents from spilling. Remove as much air as possible from the filled balloon, or it will be more likely to pop or go saggy.
Decorate the stress ball if you like. Draw a face on it with marker such as a Sharpie. Then, happy squeezing!