What Is Your Fidget?

Fidgeting is as common to humans as breathing. It can be a benefit by helping you burn calories, entertaining you,and being a method to dissipate anxiety and nervousness - not too mention all that caffeine you had.....

Fidgeting only becomes a problem when it negatively effects you and those around you. Hair twirling can break the hairs, nail biting, cuticle chewing and lip pulling tear the skin and can make us bleed (opening the door to infection). Plus, we've all annoyed and been annoyed by these tiny repetitive motions.

Let's turn our fidgeting to our advantage! A recent study about children fidgeting in a classroom found that children allowed to fidget performed better in memory and learning. Historically, children have been discouraged from fidgeting under the assumption that it may distract others or themselves from learning. In a quiet confined space like a classroom, board room, office, church, etc, where physical motion is limited, it makes sense that as humans we need an outlet for our energy.

If we could have an outlet without causing harm to ourselves or being a distraction to others, there would be no problem. One way to minimize fidgeting is to know how long you can maintain stationary focus before you need motion and limit yourself to that window. Although this can be dictated by your day and you may not have a ton of control over it. Being more physically active prior to having to remain stationary beyond your natural tolerance, can help too.

The best solution, though, is having something on hand that can be the focus of your fidget without a lot of motion or noise. A quite and repetitive, can easily fade into background leaving you leaving you free to expel your energy, entertain yourself and increase your attention and focus.

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Photo by Renett Stowe