Your Challenge: Create a squishy stress-reliever!
What You Need
- 3 balloons
- Using your hands, stretch out a balloon to soften the rubber a bit.
- Stick the funnel down the neck of the balloon and spoon flour into it.
- Use the stick to push the flour into the balloon and pack it down.
- Keep adding flour until the balloon is full.
- Tie a knot at the base of the neck of the balloon, and then cut off the neck.
- Cut off the neck of a second balloon, and put the first balloon inside the second so that the knot is at the bottom of the second balloon.
- Cut the neck off of a third balloon.
- If you want your anti-stress ball to have a cool design, cut it into the third balloon!
- Put your anti-stress ball inside of the third balloon, letting the cut part of the second balloon be at the bottom of the third balloon.
How It Works
Stress is a normal occurrence and is your body's way of trying to protect itself against a threat. It can be helpful--in an emergency situation, stress is what gives you better reflexes and makes you more alert. Stress is also what motivates you to study for a difficult exam or prepare for a big presentation. However, too much stress can be harmful for the body. Chronic, long-term stress can lead to negative effects such as high blood pressure, a weakened immune system, and depression. There are many ways to try to reduce stress, though! Squeezing this anti-stress ball can provide an outlet to relieve some tension. Other ways to reduce stress include getting more sleep, eating healthier, exercising, listening to music, and talking to friends and family!
- Laughter really is the best medicine! Laughter lowers levels of stress-inducing hormones, while raising levels of dopamine, a feel-good hormone!
- Chocolate contains antioxidants, which can help reduce stress.