First of all, can I say that allowing myself the freedom to fidget as much as I want has been liberating!
Before being diagnosed with ADHD, I was convinced there was something wrong with me.
Suppressing my urge to fidget definitely contributed to my anxiety!
(You can also refer to this as stimming :)
These are my absolute favourite fidget toys!
1. Fidget Cubes
I love supporting small businesses, and this design is calming to me. Also, compared to cheaper brands I've tried, the material somehow just feels nice. Maybe that's my sensory processing, but I love the feel of good quality materials.
I couldn't find the exact brand I got, but this one looks very similar
Noise: 7/10 - some of the buttons can be loud in public
Durability: 10/10 - tiny and easy to take anywhere!
Novelty factor: 10/10 - So. Many. Buttons
2. Fidget Spinners
I'll always love fidget spinners!
Noise: 9/10 - depending on the brand, some are louder than others
Novelty factor: 6/10 - I get a bit bored of it after a while
3. Bubble pops
I just discovered these, and I LOVE them!
It's the same satisfaction I get from popping bubble wrap (hello auditory stim).
Noise: 6/10 - again, depending on the brand, some are louder than others (although I like the loud ones, the popping sound is so satisfying)
Durability: 7/10 - it's a little larger than the cubes and spinners
Novelty factor: 10/10 - I could pop the bubbles for hours on end
Hope this helped!
P.S. You are safe. You are loved. You are enough.
You always were. You always will be.