Fidgeting is the act of moving about restlessly. Fidgeting is considered a nervous habit, a sign of nervousness, frustration, agitation, boredom, excitement, stress, anxiety, a sensory seeking behavior or a combination of these.
Fidgeting requires focus and mindfulness. Having a sensory fidget toy nearby ready to squeeze, rub, stretch and manipulate offer alternate stimulation to the nervous system.
Several fidget toys aim to reduce stress and anxiety such as things you can press, click, squeeze, squish, roll, spin, manipulate or stretch. Fidget toys with sensory appeal are especially favored by those who pull their hair, bite pencil tops/erasers, flap their hands, spin around, pinch or squeeze things.