promotional stress relievers

April is officially Stress Awareness Month, meaning it's the perfect opportunity to give some thought to how you can support your colleagues through tricky times. 

The month-long awareness drive has taken place every April since 1992, and aims to increase public awareness about both the causes and cures for our modern stress epidemic. After all, as the old adage goes: "it's okay not to be okay" - and showing your staff that they have your support can be invaluable.


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Stress Awareness Month is a great opportunity for your business to take a closer look at how stressed your team are, and demonstrate that you're there to support them through difficult times. Whether they're struggling with workplace issues or home-life problems, showing them that you're on their side can help to make things feel more bearable. 

One simple way to show you're there to support them is by providing them with stress relievers, which are specifically designed to distract the mind, release tension and tackle stress and anxiety. 

Read on to discover the products that might just help, with everything from items to tackle stress to products to encourage relaxation all available to order with your logo today.

Why Stress Management Is Important For Any Workplace

If you're concerned about the stress levels of your team, it's time to explore the whats and whys behind how they're feeling.

  • Who is stress affecting: is it certain individuals or your whole team?
  • What is making your staff feel stressed?
  • Why is it causing them to feel stressed or under pressure?
  • How can the stress be lifted?

Employees feeling the pressure of stress is not uncommon and experts have even said that manageable levels of stress in the workplace is important as it can actually contribute towards productivity. However, there's a fine line between manageable and unmanageable levels of stress, and what's tolerable to one person can feel crushing to another. 

Of course, it's not just workplace pressures that your staff could be dealing with. Financial issues, relationship problems and various other personal crises can all play their part, as can more subtle sources, such as feeling overwhelmed by the news or anxiety induced by social media. 

Regardless of the cause, stress can contribute towards a number of health issues, including depression, insomnia and a lack of appetite. And of course, if your staff aren't fighting fit, your business will feel it, with consequences including:

  • Increased staff absences
  • Reduced productivity levels
  • High staff turnover rates and increased recruitment costs

On the flip side, helping your colleagues to tackle stress can:

  • Improve employee wellbeing
  • Increase staff loyalty and employee retention
  • Raise productivity and job satisfaction

With all of this in mind, it's important that your business takes the right steps in helping its workforce manage levels of stress.

Whether you offer staff the option to take mental health days, explore new work patterns or simply offer those who want to talk a shoulder to cry on, there's a wide range of ways that your company can help your employees tackle stress.

One small way you can look to do this is by providing your colleagues with stress toys. Of course, stress balls and fidget toys can't remove the source of the stress but they can help to focus the mind, encourage relaxation and offer a bit of brief respite. 

Read on to discover some of our favourite promotional giveaways for tackling stress, with all the items mentioned below ready to order with your company logo today. 

Squeeze Tension Away with Branded Stress Balls & Toys

Why are stress balls useful? Well, studies suggest that using one of these small but mighty squeezy toys on a regular basis can help to:

  • Relieve arthritis pain
  • Reduce anxiety
  • Lower blood pressure
  • Strengthen muscles
  • Improve sleep

The simple act of squeezing the ball activates muscles in the hand and wrist, while releasing the grip allows these muscles to relax. Repeating this action can enhance the nervous system, which can in turn reduce stress. 

If you're looking for the perfect custom stress balls, we've got a wide range for you to choose from. Discover our full range of promotional stress toys and take a look at some of our favourites - including traditional stress balls and alternative stress-busting options - below.

1. Low Cost Stress Balls

Consistently popular with businesses across the UK, you can't go wrong with these classic stress balls, which are a great pick if you're working with a smaller budget. 

Available in a variety of colours and printed with your artwork from as little as 49p per unit, these squeezy PU balls can be kept at arms reach; whether it's on your employees' desks or in their bags, your brand will always be to hand.

2. Official Tangle Puzzle

The Tangle is a great fidget toy for older kids and adults alike, with its twistable design ideal for helping to calm wandering minds. 

Available in a range of vibrant colours, the Tangle can be ordered from just 50 units, and is ideally sized for fuss-free distribution among those who mean the most to your business. 

3. Stress Ball Keyrings

These handy little Stress Ball Keyrings make busting stress on the move simple, and can be easily attached to any bunch of keys.

Available to order from 50 units in your choice of three colours, they can be printed with your logo in anywhere from one colour to full colour.

4. Stress Dumbbell Weight

We have a range of industry-specific stress toys available, such as our Stress Cars and Stress Houses, with our Stress Dumbbell Weights one of the most popular.

Whether you run a health-and-fitness company or simply want to remind your staff that you're there to help them "work out" the cause of their stress, these squeezy dumbbells are available in your choice of seven colours and are ready to print with your logo today. 

5. Luxury Magnetic Sculptures

For a high-end twist on stress toys, search no further than our Luxury Magnetic Sculptures, which comprise a magnetic base and 200 steel balls.

The simple action of manipulating the steel balls into different shapes and positions is a great way to distract frazzled minds and release tension. Printed with your logo to the magnetic base, these impressive giveaways double up as a decorative addition to desks, too.

With over 100 different promotional stress toys available, we're confident we can take the stress away from finding the right items for your staff. Whether you're looking for something bespoke or budget-friendly, we're here to help!

Encourage Relaxation and Ease Stress with Promo Wellbeing Gifts

Taking the time to relax after work is one way your employees can help ease stress - although we all know that that's easier said than done. Stress-busting aside, consciously making time to relax comes with a host of other health benefits, including:

  • Reducing muscle tension
  • Lowering heart rate, blood pressure and breathing rate
  • Improving mood and concentration
  • Reducing tiredness and frustration
  • Boosting confidence

If you love the idea of encouraging your colleagues to spend even just a few minutes unwinding after hours, we've got a few suggestions for you to consider.

1. A4 Stress Relief Colouring Books

Colouring may seem like a distant childhood memory but it's actually a highly effective way to relieve stress, and is proven to relax the fear centre of your brain and induce a state similar to meditation. 

Our A4 Stress Relief Colouring Books are filled with therapeutic designs for your team to get creative with, and can be ordered with 4, 8 or 12 pages.

(And you can take the gift one step further by ordering colouring pencils or crayons too!)

2. 2-Piece Relaxation Sets

These thoughtful gift sets feature a relaxing pulse point roll-on and a pillow mist, presented in a pouch that's presented with your logo. 

While the pillow mist is great for helping people drop off at bedtime, the mini pulse point roll-on is ideally sized for popping in a bag or pocket, meaning it can also help your team feel soothed when they're out and about. 

3. Little Wellbeing Box

Our branded Little Wellbeing Boxes are true self-care boxes with each box containing a bundle of self-care items. They can be ordered from just 50 units and are a great way to remind your team that your business genuinely cares about their well-being.

Each set includes a hand lotion, soap bar, bubble bath, gel eye mask and a lip balm, all of which are perfect for a bit of pampering and TLC. 

4. Clay Pot Grow Kits

Research has shown that plants in the home or workplace can significantly reduce tension in people (with some studies suggesting it can lower it by almost 40%). So why not encourage your remote-working staff to embrace their inner gardener with our Clay Pot Grow Kits, which are perfect for displaying on desks or windowsills?

These simple plant-growing kits feature your full colour design to the exterior of the kit's box, creating an instant association between your brand and the satisfaction of growing something gorgeous. 

5. Fitness Yoga Mats

One activity that has become increasingly popular within the workplace in recent years is yoga; even just taking five minutes to stretch and release tension can lift moods. So, why not encourage your employees to take part in the exercise - whether in the workplace or at home - with our Fitness Yoga Mats?

These mats are available in a range of colours and can be ordered with your logo printed to the pouch from just 25 units. 

Our range of promotional wellbeing gifts will remind your team members to take even just a few moments for themselves each day, aligning your brand with positivity and self-care; as well as reducing levels of stress and boosting productivity at work.

This blog post was originally published in 2022 and has been updated for 2024. Explore our full range of promotional stress toys for more ideas. Need help finding a specific item? Simply contact a member of our team by calling 01376 509092 or emailing info@totalmerchandise.co.uk and we'd be delighted to help. Main image via Pexels.

Written by

Katie Reed | Product Manager & Head of Artwork

With 13 years of experience in the promotional merchandise industry, Katie speaks with true authority about all matters related to promotional products. Her attention to detail and creative flair ensure that product details, prices, imagery and descriptions are accurate and answer all our customers' questions. Her articles and other product-related content have become truly trusted sources of information and inspiration for anyone deciding on their next promotional product order. In another life, Katie would have been a star Quidditch player.

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