Published on 12, July, 2020
I do this in my house. Pacing from kitchen to living room, my wife is thinking of putting me in a looney bin, she understands a little why I do it. I do it to soothe me from anxiety and it is a bit ocd for me as I have to reach a certain amount of steps, which then becomes a little annoying. I suppose it keeps me fit. And also in my back garden I do it.
I do this when I have to make or take a phone call. I literally walk around in circles in my kitchen.
I've seen this quite a lot, so you're definitely not alone! My boyfriend does it often, especially whilst on the phone as a form of stimming.
I used to do it as part of my teaching approach, moving around a horseshoe of students, keeping them guessing whose turn it was next etc. i also used to pace around the room while the students were doing…
Matsukaze82 said:walk around in circles
oh yes, same here, I do not like phonecalling at all.
and then there is pacing to focus my thoughts, works if I can make at least 5 steps forward, then turn around, and again 5 steps forward, I do hand stimming along pacing as well
I'm not officially diagnosed, but this is something I've done all my life. If I'm on the phone I'm walking in circles around my room or else I get jittery and can't focus on anything the other person is saying. But phone calls have always been hard to begin with and I realized recently that I copy the way my mom talks on the phone down to a T. Inflection and everything. That's the only way I can get through phone calls and I've recently realized that that IS masking. But I mostly stim by rocking when I'm anxious, hand flapping and screeching when I'm excited, and I'm always picking at my nails or snapping or flicking my fingers.