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If you’re neurodivergent, stim tools can help you manage overwhelm, maintain focus, and bring joy into your workday. Employers should allow them and should disallow other employees from stigmatizing them. 

Sensory noodles were the first sensory devices I bought. They allow me to stim during meetings and other times I’m idle. A fidget stool was my second sensory device. It’s a rubber seat cushion with small prongs that provide motion like a balance ball. I find the cushion more effective under my feet.  

I also recommend buying a weighted lap blanket if you find yourself overstimulated while at your desk. I place mine on my lap before meetings or when I’m feeling particularly anxious. I can’t wear them for long, though, as they make me sleepy. Which is why I find a large, weighted blanket great for sleeping at night. 

To avoid fatigue, or if you have a standing desk, you might stand on a balance board. Or a miniature trampoline. Also, for fatigue, and for sensory challenges many neurodivergents credit noise-cancelling headphones with their ability to stay maintain focus and wellness at work. 

Many neurodivergents find that music helps them focus. I certainly do. Music gives me something to attach my mind to, increasing my concentration by countering understimulation.

If noise cancelling headphones give you discomfort, ear buds or ear plugs will help. I work from home, and can’t tolerate noise cancelling headphones, but I’ve noticed that I conserve spoons when I wear ear plugs or listen to a playlist or podcast on my phone via earphones while out of the home.   

If you’re looking for sensory devices, I recommend Stimtastic for those in U.S. For those in the UK, Stimology is a great source. Both sites offer stim toys and jewelry for neurodivergents of all ages.

There exist, however, many other forms of stimming. I, for example, like to stare at the cherry blossoms across the street from my home. Indoor plants, wall art, decorative clocks—these are excellent ways to flavor your workspace or living space.