Help Calm the Mind Naturally with Spinner Rings

Spinner rings in stainless steel

“The fidget spinner trend might be out of the spotlight, but that doesn’t mean that people still aren’t in need of a way to help settle their minds.” – Bustle

Spinning rings are functional stylish jewelry pieces that can help calm and relax the mind. Designed to help calm the nerves, stresses, and anxieties, spinner rings can offer a welcomed and fashionable distraction for people of all ages.  

The “fidget spinner” fad of 2017 helped many people who needed a gentle and fun distraction from the anxiety, boredom, or excess energy they had inside their bodies. This fad has died down, although there is still a need for “fidget” outlets. Anxieties and worries have certainly increased over the last couple of years (especially during the pandemic) and people are using all kinds of methods to help them cope. The “fidget” or “spinner” ring is now available as a discreet, quiet, affordable option. 

“Spinning the ring to the right is believed to have a calming effect on the mind and body.” – Joyful

Sandblast-finish spinner ring in stainless steel, size 6

My research on the subject (as per Dr. Google) has led me to understand that the very first “spinning” rings (that is, rings that have movable parts that are incredibly and oddly satisfying to manipulate) go back to the Tibetan Buddhists. Hundreds of years ago, Buddhists used “Meditation Rings” which helped them focus on their religious practice. The “fidget ring” concept has since expanded into many practical uses. It is a type of functional jewelry. The rotating ring has now replaced the fidget spinner as it is wearable.

The spinner ring comes in many sizes. I have found them in sizes 3-13. The stainless-steel version is the most affordable and durable, as it does not tarnish and is scratch-resistant. 

“Spinner rings are designed to be fiddled with.” – Joyful

Black spinner ring, size 10

The spinner ring can be used for many different reasons. It can also be worn just because it looks good! They look good on everybody. I have found these rings to be accented with many different colours and base colours. The most popular ones are in silver-tone, black, gold-tone,  rose-gold tone, rainbow, and they can come with accents of red, blue, yellow, and two-tone. You can find interesting tiny designs on them if you want it more personalized such as daisies, hearts, moons, stars, abstract designs and even things like cats and crosses! Interlocking and beaded designs offer more style and interest. New designs are coming out all the time. Different widths are also available, such as 6 mm, 8 mm and even bigger!

“Of course, the spinner ring itself is unlikely to have any mystical anxiety-reduction power. But by associating it with a relaxing event, thought, or action it can actually make you more relaxed by spinning the ring.” – Joyful

Rose gold stainless steel spinner ring with rhinestones, size 6

Other names for these special spinning rings include:

  • Meditation Ring
  • Worry Ring
  • Anxiety Ring
  • Fidget Ring
  • Fidget Spinner Ring
  • Spinner Ring
  • Spinning Ring
  • Rotating Ring
  • Revolving Ring

There may be more names but these are the main ones. 

Some jewelers sell them for hundreds of dollars. Gold, tungsten, 925 sterling silver, titanium steel, and other alloys are also available. If you are not sure if a spinner ring is for you, you can start with an affordable version and graduate into something more extravagant if need-be. 

“The fidget-needed items are much more than just a trend. According to Healthline, fidget devices help people with ADHD and some doctors see a benefit in people using them to calm their nerves.” – Bustle

Black stainless steel fidget ring, size 10

If you are interested in seeing what is available, Gentle Angel Treasures has the largest selection of stainless-steel rings available for pick up in Winnipeg. Follow on social media: @gatreasures on Facebook, Instagram, and TikTok and contact us for more information. Listings can also be found on Marketplace and Kijiji under my name, Angela G. Gentile. 

“Spinner Rings…A little bit of meditation/good karma with a pretty edge.” – Hey Luna

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Sources: 

https://www.joyfulsentiments.com/blog/history-and-uses-of-the-spinner-ring/

https://www.bustle.com/p/what-are-fidget-rings-the-stylish-jewelry-actually-has-important-purpose-9406892

https://www.heyluna.com.au/pages/history-of-spinner-rings

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Addicted to Anti-Anxiety or “Nerve” Pills — Benzodiazepine use disorder and what to do about it

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Many people, especially women, develop feelings of anxiety and worry. Some call it “bad nerves.” This predisposition to feeling anxious can cause problems with everyday living, coping, and sleeping. I have assessed and interviewed many older people with a range of problems with anxiety. Feeling anxious is a completely normal reaction to stress or a situation where you may feel fearful. However, being in a continuous state of feeling afraid can cause problems both mentally and physically. Some say they feel like they are “trembling inside.”

Anti-anxiety medications (also known as “nerve pills”) are used by many people. These pills come from the family of “benzodiazepines.” Some of the commonly prescribed anxiolytics in Canada or the United States include (but not limited to):

  • Clonazepam (Rivotril)
  • Alprazolam (Xanax)
  • Lorazepam (Ativan)
  • Diazepam (Valium)

A commonly prescribed non-benzodiazepine that acts like one is Zopiclone (eszopiclone in the USA). It is commonly used as a “sleeping pill.”

Generally, benzodiazepines end in “pam” or “lam.” Use of these medications can initially improve symptoms by offering a sedating effect, however, they can also be addictive. Side effects of these drugs include increasing the risk of cognitive impairment, confusion, delirium, falls, fractures, drowsiness, and motor vehical accidents. They are not recommended for use by older adults. In fact, older people are recommended to gradually reduce their dosage (a slow and steady decrease is recommended over a sudden discontinuance due to withdrawal symptoms). Always talk to a doctor about any changes to your medication. As the dose is gradually reduced and preferably stopped, it is important to identify and optimize alternatives to managing any underlying issues. These alternatives are preferably not other medicines.

Sometimes these medications are used on an “as needed” basis. For example, if you are afraid of flying, and you need to go on an airplane, you can take one of these medications (prescribed by your doctor) to use in specific situations. Or, if you have claustrophobia and you need to go for a scan such as an MRI, taking this medication may make it more bearable.

I have also seen where these medications are prescribed for help with sleep. People who have an anxiety disorder may be prescribed this classification of medications to see if it helps reduce anxiety or panic attacks. In older people, antidepressants are the preferred class of medications to help with anxiety.

Some other key tips to remember:

  • Avoid taking benzodiazepines with opioids or alcohol.
  • These medications are more often prescribed to women (Almost 1 in 5 Canadian women report to have used in the past year).
  • Almost 1 in 10 Canadians in Quebec have been reported to have an addiction to benzodiazepines.
  • If a benzodiazepine addiction is present, consider there may also be other substance use disorders or behaviours present (e.g, alcohol, opioids, marijuana, gambling).
  • If you are older, it’s best not to start taking benzodiazepines.
  • If the addiction is getting worse, an admission to a treatment facility may be necessary.

If you are finding yourself feeling “addicted” or “dependent” on these medications (or other substances or behaviours), you are “craving” these drugs, or you are needing to increase your dosage, you may want to see your doctor to discuss alternatives. Reducing the risk of harm is key.

For more details, The Canadian Coalition for Seniors Mental Health has published the Canadian Guidelines on Benzodiazepine Receptor Agonist Use Disorder Among Older Adults (2019) and is found online: https://ccsmh.ca/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/Benzodiazepine_Receptor_Agonist_Use_Disorder_ENG.pdf

Angela G. Gentile, MSW, RSW