5 Conditions Fidget Cubes Could Help Treat

5 conditions fidget cubes could help treat

Are fidget gadgets just a new fad in the market or do they really work? The answer is quite obvious and the curiosity related to it has been stirred up by different controversies associated with fidget cubes and spinners.

The science behind fidget cubes is still misunderstood by many people, who believe it to be merely a children’s toy. However, the success-driven results of fidget spinners and cubes have led them to become the top fidget tools in the market today.

The small size of fidget cubes means you can carry them wherever you go. Fidget cubes and spinners are also effective for treating a variety of psychological disorders.

We will discuss five conditions which fidget cubes can help treat, but before that let’s have a look at how these cubes work.

How do Fidget Cubes Work?


Also known as a fidget box or stress cube, a fidget cube looks like a rolling dice and has six sides. At each side, a small sensory tool is attached. Each sensory tool is different in shape and size from others. Fidget cubes were initially created to distract people from stress. Two brothers, Mark and Matthew McLachlan, created the first fidget cube in a Kick-starter campaign in August 2016, which ultimately proved to be one of the most successful campaigns.

In December 2016, the first line of fidget cubes was released and the response was so overwhelming that researchers started studying the effect of this fidget tool on human minds.

A fidget cube may contain an on/off switch button, rolling ball, spinning disc, gears, joy stick or anything that can be used to keep yourself busy. FidgetCircle have a great guide entitled Fidget Cubes: What are They and Which Cube is For You? Which will give you more information on these handy gadgets and the different models available.

The fidget cube has been launched in the digital age of smartphones, tablets, smart watches etc. Researchers have found that fidget cubes help relieve a large variety of psychological problems that are triggered by stress. Fidget cubes reduce stress by distracting your mind and relaxing stress triggers. Your body relaxes when stress triggers become less effective.

According to The Daily Mail which covered the story of The Fidget Cube Kick-starter campaign, researchers have found a link between keeping our hands busy and creativity. According to the publication, mild thumb-twiddling and toe-tapping can help reduce the risk of diseases caused by stress. It was also suggested that the effect of fidget cubes on our body is similar to the calming effect of clicking a pen.

Fidget Cubes Can Help Treat 5 Medical Conditions

The fidget cube is a highly effective tool to relieve your stress. You can carry it with you anywhere you want, or keep it on your office desk. As fidget cubes target stress directly, it can be used to help treat the following five medical conditions.

ADHD

A study conducted in February 2017 revealed surprising facts about ADHD in the UK. According to the study, around 3.62% boys and 1.5% girls, aging 5–15 years have ADHD. Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder can affect personal, social and professional performance. This disorder is treated with a combination treatment which includes medicines or stimulants, psychotherapies and behavioural training.

Fidget cubes can be effectively used to reduce the symptoms of ADHD. They can be used in behavioural training, psychotherapies and anger management. Many ADHD centres use yoga, meditation and other stress-relieving exercises and techniques to reduce the symptoms of ADHD. Similarly, fidget cubes can be effectively used to relieve stress and anger and for managing the symptoms of ADHD.

Anxiety& Stress

Fidget buttons are designed to stimulate frequent movement, such as gliding, switching on/off or rolling. Fidgeting is often seen as an unprofessional or non-intellectual behaviour; however, fidgeting is an action that stabilises your thought process, improves concentration, reduces stress and boosts creativity. This way, a fidget cube can divert your attention from negative thoughts to positive ones, and reduces stress and anxiety.

Cardiovascular Diseases

Fidget cubes cannot treat cardiovascular diseases directly, but can be used in the treatment of such diseases. Fidget cubes reduce stress and anxiety which is crucial for improved cardiovascular health.

Autism

According to the Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, the symptoms of ADHD and Autism can be reduced by increasing physical movement which can boost focus. Fidget cubes do not improve the performance of children with Autism; however, these cubes can reduce stress and divert the attention of autistic children away from problematic behaviour.

Bipolar Personality Disorder

Bipolar personality disorder is not caused due to stress; however, stress is one of its most common symptoms. Fidget cubes help reduce stress and relax muscle tension by diverting attention away from stressful thoughts.

According to researchers fidgeting can have a positive effect in the treatment of different medical conditions such as ADHD, stress, anxiety and autism. Hence, fidget cubes are one of the best tools for relieving the symptoms of these mental health issues as they provide many features for fidgeting.

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Anyway, what did we get up to during May? Looking back, it was a busy one!
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Five tips to quit smoking

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Personally, I’ve never been a smoker, but I know many people who have been, or are still are. I would say around a third have quit smoking, or at least tried, at one point or another. The Husband is an ex-smoker – he’s been off the cigarettes for almost seven years now, I think!

Everyone has different reasons for wanting to quit, and his was a no brainer really – if we wanted a referral for fertility treatment, they had to go. We walked out of the doctors, and his pack of cigarettes went straight in the bin. I won’t say it was straightforward from there, because it wasn’t, and he did have a few blips. So not from my personal experience, but I do know how hard it can be to quit.

Here are five tips to help with giving up the cigarettes:

  1. have a strong support network
    – make sure there are always people around you who know what you are doing, in order to remind you why you are doing it. Leading on to…
  2. think of your end goal
    – what are you quitting smoking for? The same reasons as The Husband, mentioned above? To live a longer life for your children? Never lose sight of your end goal.
  3. chewing gum
    – replace the cigarettes with something else; something else not addictive, of course! The Husband replaced his with chewing gum, or mints.
  4. electronic cigarette from Simply E Liquid
     many people I know have replaced their tobacco cigarettes with e-cigs. You can get all sorts of flavours!
  5. fidget spinner
    – if it’s the issue that you need something to do with your hands, then how about a fidget spinner? You can bag yourself one by clicking on the image below!

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The first week of April was pretty jam packed. Half term had started and The Husband had a week off, so we had a few days out. He was back to work for the second week of half term so it was just me and the boys. We didn’t really go out anywhere (hello anxiety, and disliking taking them out on my own the majority of the time) but we had some fun outside and did some crafts. Then it was back to school for Jacob, and N’s first day of pre-school!

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Since May last year I have been joining in with Suburban Mum’s Our Favourite Five link up, but she recently decided to call it quits; thanks for hosting for all that time, Maria! I really enjoyed joining in though as it’s lovely to look back on what I sometimes feel has been a bad month, and see that we did have good times; so I’ve decided to carry on with monthly posts, in pretty much the same format, but just a slightly different title!

Anyway, March is always a busy month for us with Noah’s birthday at the beginning, and Jacob’s near the end; so it was certainly eventful, what with throwing Jacob a Paw Patrol themed party too! As per usual, there is always some kind of food involved in our favourites too…

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So, what were our favourite five for February? (That’s a lot of f‘s!)

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Protecting yourself from data transfer hacks

Protecting yourself from data transfer hacks

If you have visited my blog recently, you may have unexpectedly stumbled upon a disturbing blog post; it wasn’t my doing, Stacey in the Sticks had been hacked! I wasn’t alone in this; many fellow bloggers suffered the same fate, with very similar posts. I won’t lie, it was very scary and panic inducing. I thought I had lost a whole post that had taken me a while to prepare and write; but any post written would have had the same effect.

To know that somebody had immersed themselves into my world, potentially stolen my data, and imposed their beliefs on my blog and my readers; it was horrible. By imposing their beliefs, this is what I mean (apologies for the unsavoury language, but I wanted a clear picture of exactly what happened):

Hacked blog post
Credit to Zara at www.mojoblogs.co.uk for the screenshot

Not nice, right? When you have taken years of hard work to build up your brand, and then this happens. I cannot stress enough how much it stressed me out. Luckily enough, this was a simple fix to get my original post back. There are obviously many other ways and means that hackers work, and this is just in the minority; though it’s the first time I’ve ever been a victim of hacking. It did get me wondering though, am I protecting myself enough?

There are many ways in which you protect yourself from data transfer hacks and Data Label have put together this handy guide with some steps you can take to make sure your data is kept secure. Admittedly I don’t do all of these already, but I did immediately change all of my passwords again; something which I do regularly anyway. I make sure I back up my blog every month too using BackupGuard, and continually save drafts as I am writing; luckily I was able to retrieve my blog post this way! If you think you may have been hacked, you can also use a tool such as Kaspersky to run a virus & malware check.

Taking these steps may not completely stop data transfer hacks, but they will go a way to helping you retrieve your data if you are ever unlucky enough for it to happen.

Have you ever been a victim of hacking in any way?

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