Increasingly, people lead a very hectic and stressful life, where they are expected to complete a large number of activities in a short period of time, without making any mistakes. When activities do not get completed as planned, it can lead to a lot of stress and anger. If this stress or anger is not released, it can lead to many health problems like high blood pressure, so many people are shouting or are participating in sports like boxing to vent their anger. Another way of reducing stress which is becoming increasingly popular worldwide is by using squishy toys which can be compressed or pressed to reduce the stress.
The squishy toys are made from extremely soft PU foam or similar material which is very pleasant to touch. When pressure is applied to the toy, it will easily get compressed, and all the stress and anger is released into the toy. After pressing the toy, most of the users of these toys find that their stress levels are greatly reduced and they are feeling relaxed. The toys are available in a large variety of designs and colors. While adults are using these toys for relaxing and stress relief, for children these are alternatives to their other toys, as their shape changes depending on the pressure applied.
The dictionary meaning of squishy is not firm, or being soft to touch, so a wide variety of material can be used. The toys are in the shape of animals, cartoon characters, different daily use items and sometimes in the form of food items like fruits. Some of the squishy suppliers are selling sets of squishy toys, with each pack containing twenty or more different shaped toys, especially if the toys are small in size, and can be held in the hand. There are other companies which specialize in making larger squishy toys, approximately 25 cm in diameter or more, which are lifelike versions of the real object.
One of the criteria for describing the squishy toy is the time it will take to regain its original shape after it has been compressed by applying pressure. Some fast rising toys will regain their original shape almost immediately after being squeezed while the slow rising toys by taking some seconds or even minutes to regain their shape. Many of the squishies available are scented, the fruit shaped squishy toys may have the scent of the fruit, while flower shaped toys may have a pleasant floral scent. The toy seller will usually specify the scent of the toy. Since these toys are widely used by children, they get dirty over a period of time. However, it is possible to wash these toys, with soap/detergent and water.
So it is observed that squishy toys are becoming an inexpensive and popular method for stress relief and entertainment for both children and adults.