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Do you fidget?

By February 10, 2009 - 11:16am
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Do you fidget?

I'm just now becoming aware of how often I'm fidgeting. I move things on my desk. I change position in my chair while waiting for a web page to load. I think about getting a snack. I pick at a hangnail and then find myself picking at it again a few minutes later. I get a glass of water, then it's a trip to the bathroom, maybe the dogs need out. I get back to work and instead of concentrating, I'm fidgeting again. My fingers seem to be always in motion, even when I'm doing something like reading. It's like they have a mind of their own. Why is this? Why can I not just be still?

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I love the humming bit! My hubby thinks I'm nuts if I break into song or he catches me humming around the house.

Good for you for expressing your joy for life; where's the fault in that?!

February 12, 2009 - 8:41pm

I don’t fidget but I do find myself humming a lot. My mother and my older sister do it too. It’s my mother’s FAULT we do this. When my sister and I are in the house or car we sing about what we are going to do and then add a humming sound to it.

February 12, 2009 - 8:39pm

There are times when I have the hardest time sitting still too. I'm most productive, and happier, when I'm multi-tasking.

February 10, 2009 - 10:58pm
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I fidget constantly, I have since I was little! Even as I write this my knee is bouncing faster than a rabbit. My grandma hates it because it reminds her of her ex husband, HA. It's bad enough that if I'm fidgeting while talking and some one stops my fidgeting I stop talking and can't remember what I was talking about. Though the only people who have ever said anything are my family members.

February 10, 2009 - 8:59pm

I like that angle, Alison!

Yes, I fidget, but I don't look at it that way. I'm constantly putting things away because I can't stand a messy desk.

My Wii Fit asks me if I'm fidgeting, too...hmmm...

February 10, 2009 - 5:21pm

This might help you "reframe" your fidgeting into a positive light:

"The extra motion [fidgeting] by lean people is enough to burn about 350 extra calories a day, which could add up to 10 to 30 pounds a year, the researchers found..." article in Washington Post, January 2008.

Do you think your fidgeting is prohibiting you from being productive?
Have you received negative feedback on your fidgeting?
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February 10, 2009 - 3:38pm
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