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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A One-Month-Old Retiree’s Perspective

Grand Beach, Manitoba

Angela G. Gentile, MSW, RSW

My official last day of “work” was on Monday, June 7, 2021. I am reflecting on my last month as a new retiree and I wanted to share my thoughts with you. Most of my thoughts are good ones, so if you are into that sort of thing, you may enjoy what I have to say.

I had read in many places that it is good to retire with “a plan.” Instead of retiring FROM something, you should know what you are retiring TO. My plan for the three months following retirement was to rest, reflect and rejuvenate. One month into it, and I think I am accomplishing that. What I am going to do in the fall has not yet been determined.

Being newly retired after working in various social work positions feels like being on vacation. I felt the immediate sense of pressure, burnout, and overwhelm lift in the first couple of days of my retirement. I started feeling like “me” again. I was sleeping better (and longer), looking after myself, and enjoying the FREEDOM of not having any pressing plans or demands on my time and energy. Getting back to making myself a priority included serious and fun stuff, like:

  • colouring my hair blue, then purple
  • painting my finger nails and toe nails
  • reading/listening to books
  • started a “Diamond Art” project
  • saying “No” to some opportunities and commitments to honour my time of reflection and rest
  • shopping for new non-work clothes, shoes, and other fun things
  • getting a three-month yoga membership and doing yoga three times weekly
  • catching up with my friends and talking with them on the phone or FaceTime
  • going for walks
  • enjoying my backyard and my flower garden

The other things I have enjoyed is our camping trips with our travel trailer to two of our provincial parks. We went to Spruce Woods and Grand Beach. Although the temperature was around 30 degrees celsius, we made the beset of it!

Now that I have reconnected with myself and my husband (on our camping trips for sure!) my mind and heart are now starting to think about what I want to do with my time starting in the fall. As my energy and passion starts to return, I feel that the sky is the limit on what I can do. I am open to new opportunities, but I don’t want to overwhelm myself just yet.

I have taken my mom’s advice and have written a list of things I want to do each day. Getting a routine and building some structure to my day is helping. (And if I don’t get to it one day, I can carry it over to the next day!)

The biggest surprise so far is how fast the days fly by. I would have thought the days would drag on, but that is not the case for me! This is a reminder to make sure I am intentional with how I spend my time, for fear of “wasting” my life away. No other negatives have been experienced thus far.

I asked my doctor, “What advice would you give me, as a newly retired person?” She said, “Stay active.” I will definitely take her advice seriously.

I am still waiting on my retirement pension papers to arrive. It’s weird not having an income. Hopefully that will get sorted out soon.

No one has asked me (yet) “How’s retirement?” If someone asked me, I would say, “Great!” It still feels like a vacation to me – which is a good thing. How long will this feeling last? Only time will tell. I’ve never been retired before, so this is all new and exciting in it’s own way.