While rushing through my morning routine I was surprised with a little tid bit on a morning radio show. First, they dangled the carrot:¬†According to their source, 1 minute of¬†a certain activity was¬†equal to the stress relief gained from a 33 minute massage! I hate when they hook me like that, when I really need to head out the door,¬†and instead I linger just a bit longer to hear what the mystery answer is. More efficient than a massage?! In my world, nothing can beat a massage; it’s the best gift anyone could ever give me, hands down. If there was stress relief equivalent to that tranquility, I had to know what it was. When they finally revealed popping bubble wrap¬†was the grand solution I was surprised at the simplicity,¬†but it did make sense. I instantly imagined the pleasure of the pressure between my thumb and forefinger, hearing the quick popcorny *POP*, the wash of satisfaction that always seems to follow, and the sense of accomplishment that comes when all bubbles are popped.¬†
For the full dish I googled on over to Plastics Today, a site I can safely say I never would have thought to search out for healing advice. While they state “whether bubble wrap actually does help to reduce stress or not is up for debate,” I’m in agreement with the study’s theory and findings. There is something strangely¬†hypnotizing about bubble popping and the fact that it may have healing benefits really shouldn’t have come as too much of a surprise to me. In fact, I¬†know of two special education teachers who use the popping of bubble wrap as an effective sensory tool for calming their kids.
I’ve been wondering if virtual bubble popping would offer same benefit, without the waste of endless amounts of used up plastic wrap. Since I¬†haven’t had access to any bubble wrap and I’ve been craving the activity all day like an itch, this bubble wrap popping game¬† has been my remedy (scroll down the linked page and wait until after the advertisement for it). It’s not offering me quite the same satisfaction, but I did find myself breathing more deeply and it’s something to tide¬†me over¬†until I¬†find the real deal. Maybe it’s the concentrated focus of the mind, similar to meditation,¬†that allows you to chill out for a bit? Whatever the case, I love me some bubble wrap and will be savoring the sheets that come in all my mailed packages from now on. Enjoy!¬†
What do you think? Is bubble wrap a great stress reliever or simply a packaging tool, at best?