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Stress Balls Can Help You Reduce Work-Related Stress

clock April 30, 2012 15:16 by author Office Toy Guy

April is National Stress Awareness month. During this time, people are encouraged to evaluate what causes the most stress in their lives and to come up with some healthy techniques for reducing their stress and anxiety.

In 1992, the Health Resource Network created the National Stress Awareness Month and designated April 16th as National Stress Awareness day. (Yes! They selected this day because it is the day after taxes are due.) The holiday was started to "increase public awareness of the causes and cures of stress."

It seems that the most turned to methods for reducing stress are not always the healthiest. Sure donuts, alcohol and a cigarette can give you instant gratification, but over the long haul these unhealthy choices can take a toll on your body.

Fortunately, there are many tips and tools available for relieving your stress. Some stress reduction options include vacations, meditation, spa treatments, exercise, list making and prioritizing things in your life.

According to a survey by the American Psychological Association, two-thirds of Americans say work is a main cause of stress in their lives. We can’t always take time off of work for a vacation or spend the money for spa treatments. is about having fun at work and making your workspace a more enjoyable place. How about some quick, easy and cost effective ways to reduce your work-related stress while you are sitting at your desk?

When you are in the middle of a highly stressful situation, these tips can help you calm down and refocus on the moment.

  • Take a deep breath or two. Slowly breathe in through your nose and then exhale through your mouth.
  • Count slowly backwards from ten. If you are having a particularly stressful day, you might need to start from 100. :-)
  • Close your eyes and clear your mind and think about nothing for a few moments.
  • Take a break from what you are doing and stretch.
  • An easy way to combat stress is to smile. A funny moment can bring a smile to your face and quickly diminish your anxiety.
  • Play with a fun stress ball.

Stress balls are called stress balls because they help relieve stress. offers many different styles and types of stress relief balls.

  • Scented Stress Balls - The lavender scented aRoma Stress Ball has a calming scent to soothe and relax you.
  • Tactile Stress Balls - Roll Chinese Health Stress Balls in your hand to produce a soothing sound of chimes.
  • Squeeze Stress Balls - These are stress balls that you can squish and manipulate to reduce stress.
  • Bright and Colorful Stress Balls - The Fishy Squishy is a one of a kind stress ball that offers mesmerizing coral reef scenery to help keep you calm.
  • Therapy Stress Balls - The DFX Mini Sports Body Roller provides a deep gentle massage to ease tension.
  • Humorous Stress Balls - A funny talking stress ball can make you smile and help keep you in a cheerful mood.'s stress balls offer a quick, easy and affordable way to manage your work-related stress. The next time you are feeling the pressure, grab your favorite stress ball and take a 5 minute break to breathe deeply and manipulate the stress toy in your hand.

Life is stressful and work can be demanding. We can’t eliminate the things that cause our stress, but we can work to minimize its effect on us.

For more stress relief information, please visit the official Stress Awareness Month website.


Bill Ross
The Office Toy Guy
We make work fun!

Take Our Daughters & Sons to Work Day

clock April 17, 2012 16:26 by author Office Toy Guy

This month marks the 20th anniversary of Take Our Daughters & Sons to Work Day. On April 26, 2012, many companies will welcome boys and girls to their offices.

Why is this a great opportunity for our children? According to the official Take Our Daughters & Sons to Work Day web site, "Exposing girls and boys to what a parent or mentor in their lives does during the work day is important, but showing them the value of their education, helping them discover the power and possibilities associated with a balanced work and family life, and providing them an opportunity to share how they envision the future and begin steps toward their end goals in a hands-on and interactive environment is key to their achieving success."

Here at, we are passionate about educating children and donate regularly to local schools. We believe that children benefit from exposure to a variety of careers and different types of businesses. We jumped at the chance to give a tour of our facilities to a local Girl Scout troop. The girls enjoyed packing orders, labeling their boxes and sending the packages down the conveyer belt. It was a lot of fun to work with the kids and their enthusiasm was contagious.

We sell office toys to people to use at work. Our motto at is to make your workplace a more enjoyable space. Playing a little at work helps reduce stress, lightens your mood and can make you more productive.

When your sons and daughters visit your office, be sure to show them the fun parts of your job. We suspect that they will instantly be attracted to the toys and fun stuff on your desk and around your workplace. Whenever my kids visit me at work, they automatically go to my office and look for the same blue stress ball and always grab the mice from their block of cheese.

Do you need some new office toys for your desk? Visit and check out the latest stress relievers, office supplies, desktop toys and more.

For more information about Take Our Daughters & Sons to Work Day and for resources to help plan activities for your company, visit the official web site at:


Bill Ross
The Office Toy Guy
We make work fun!

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The Office Toy Guy is passionate about office toys and spending a little time playing at work. He also enjoys imaginary pinky wrestling (it’s similar to thumb wrestling but you use your pinky and you conduct matches in your mind against imaginary opponents), cooking, underwater speed-reading, massages, and an occasional lighthearted office prank. (He’s really the CEO of Office Playground!)

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