If you’ve spied more than a few people in your office carrying little balls around in their hands lately, you may be wondering what all the fuss is about. Is it some new trend you haven’t quite caught onto yet?

Actually, the answer to that question is yes! Stress or massage balls have been around for decades, but in recent years, they’ve been surging in popularity, and it’s no wonder! These humble objects may be small, but they pack a powerful punch in terms of stress relief and provide other useful benefits as well.

To use them, all you have to do is roll them around in your hand, or squeeze and hold them for several seconds.

Some stress balls have bells inside them which make an appealing sound as you manipulate them in your hand. The sound combined with the repetitive motion is surprisingly relaxing and can help ratchet your stress levels down by several notches. That’s perfect, because these days, our high tech, 24/7 lifestyles have put us under more stress than ever, and anything we can do to lighten that load has to be counted as a win!

In addition to being relaxing, this simple motion can increase your dexterity as you become increasingly adept at moving them around, and even reversing their direction when you use them. The simple act of holding and squeezing can also be beneficial, as it not only flexes the muscles in your hands, but your forearm as well.

Who knew that simple little balls could do all that?

Consider it a secret that’s been hiding in plain sight, but now that you know it, you owe it to yourself to take advantage of that knowledge. Stress balls are inexpensive, powerful tools you can use to make yourself feel better, and who wouldn’t want that?