Pretty as can be (Picture: Etsy / Getty)
I exist in quite an ‘on edge’ space most of the week, and when I’m restricted to a certain spot or setting, I tend to fidget that anxiety away.
Be it tapping my feet, twiddling a strand of hair or playing with a zip… these tells are all quite obvious.
Enter: anxiety jewellery.
These are pieces that are pretty and hold up as cute jewellery in their own right, but have little twisty mechanisms that are designed to be played with when unease hits.
Think of them like a stress ball, only much smaller and on you at all times.
It’s not going to fix anxiety and, naturally, you should see a therapist or expert in this area for any lasting issues, but it might help you get through that presentation you have to deliver better, or handle a stressful call easier.
Over a week, I wore one of these daily to see whether it did help to quell any angst – and I’m still wearing it now, even though the experiment is over, which should indicate how much of a fan I am.
My choice was a rose gold band with a crescent moon and star motif, that spun around like the turning of a door knob.
Online, there are plenty of designs – especially on sites like Etsy.
On the way to a date, wearing the anxiety ring (Picture: Tanyel Mustafa)
Wearing this made me notice two things: 1) how much I fidget, 2) how much of my day is spent anxious. Those are both probably things I need to fix.
The good thing is, though, the ring gave me a subtle way to wring some of that feeling out, as I instinctively began reaching for it every time something stressed or worried me.
I wore it during working hours and would be aware of it while working up against a deadline, and even to an uncomfortable first date that revealed itself to not be a match in any sense the longer it went on.
Playing with the ring was a way to keep grounded and come back to my body. It made me feel in control.
I don’t bite my nails, but I can imagine for people who instinctively pick at skin or bite, this conscious form of expressing angst could be a better way forward.
Not to mention how pretty the ring itself is, going with pretty much any outfit.
There’s only one thing I don’t like about this ring – it’s quite bulky to allow for the spinning element to work, but after a couple of days of wear I got used to this and didn’t notice it so much.
Ready to shop your own? These are our top three picks on Etsy.
Moon & Stars Spinner Ring
Our top pick (Picture: Etsy)
This is the ring I wore (and will continue to wear).
The simple design doesn’t clash with other pieces I have and hasn’t shown any signs of wear and tear – despite how much I’ve aggressively spun it.
The seller was friendly and quick to respond, too.
Daisy Anxiety Fidget Ring
Spin the daisy (Picture: Etsy)
A cute design that spins at the daisy head with an adjustable band.
The shop owner is also quick at messaging back, which is a bonus.
Stress Relief Ring
Spin the sun dial (Picture: Etsy)
Give this a spin at the centre, and adjust the band to fit any finger.
Plus, it’s so nice to look at.
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