Pacing as a stim?

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.

  • It's also been a good idea to keep pacing around the house during a fairly strict lock-down regime in which I rarely leave the house. We live in a rather tall building, so up & down stairs all day doing chores has helped me to stay relatively slim.

  • I've been resisting doing this for years because of how it looks. But after my diagnosis I now let myself pace as much as I want.

    I can do an hour a day easily and feel better for it, easily get 4km. I do get told to stop it and that it's annoyingso I try to do it behind closed doors or when no one is around, which is easy as I'm mostly awake at night atm

    Only got small spaces of about 5/6 steps before I gotta turn 180

  • Good on you kind sir/madam

  • 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. 

  • My teenage son does this every day. It annoys my wife a great deal as she's concerned that the continual back and forth over the same part of the upstairs will wear down the carpets (we've just had new ones fitted) and leads to tension. While I don't want the carpets damaging, I understand that this pacing is a necessary part of his condition to keep from sensory overload. If he's told to stop he gets upset and thumps his bed or other furniture in his room.

    He's had this behaviour for a long time but now he's practically an adult is when it's becoming more of a problem and I'm wanting to see if there's any compropmise. I certainly don't want to restrict him from stimming or any other behaviour that helps him deal with how he's feeling, and I'm wondering if I can persuade him to do it downstairs in the kitchen / utility room (which is tiled).

    For those of you who pace like this, have you had similar issues with other members of your family asking you to stop, and were you able to make any changes? What would be a good way to apporach the subject?

    Also, can anyone provide links to good resources regarding pacing and other stimming that explains it's importance and neccessity to people who might not understand why autistic people need to do this? I've seen the page on this site that covers it, but any other materials are also welcome.

    Thank you.

  • will wear down the carpets

    This is the only concern? Really?

    How much carpet would have to be replaced when it does? Can a join be put in either side of the area that gets worn (so only a little bit has to be replaced)?

    We had carpet tiles when I was growing up - easy to replace the sections we (frequently) damaged!

  • I'm just looking for advice from people who stim / know people who stim this way to see if they have had similar situations where the activity might have been disruptive and how they dealt with it. My own concern for the carpets is pretty low in the big picture, but I'd prefer to find a compromise that allows my son to stim while minimising disruption if possible. It might not be possible, but it doesn't hurt to ask about other people's experiences hopefully.

  • Sorry - I didn't mean to come across harshly.

    I find trying to suppress my stimming increases my anxiety/overload.

    I mostly stim when anxious or overloaded.

    I usually don't feel able to stim fully when masked and out in public.

    If I couldn't stim freely in my own home I would be a wreck.

    Hence my suggestion to try and mitigate the effect of the stimming rather than force a change.

  • I think that I read somewhere a long time ago, that very prolific writer (I think it was J.R.R. Tolkein) used to pace about around his house a lot. I think there's many people who do it.