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I Can’t Stop Pacing

Discussion in 'General Autism Discussion' started by anon190504, Mar 6, 2020.

  1. anon190504

    anon190504 New Member

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    I have paced around, mostly when I’m excited but sometimes due to anxiety, since I can remember. When I was little, I’d pick up a favorite picture book and daydream while walking around the house, “running around” I called it.

    It’s never been an issue before, but lately it’s become an inconvenience. I’ve gotten completely obsessed with a new show this past month and can’t help but plug in my music and just pace whenever I see content related to it that makes me excited or happy.

    I’ve begun to do this even late at night after I’m already in bed if I happen to see something that gets me riled up. I hate to admit it, but it’s affecting my sleep schedule. Just this morning, I wasted time pacing for at least an hour when I have things to do.

    Can anyone else relate and is there a way to reduce this urge so I can enjoy the things I love in a healthy manner?
     
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  2. Mia

    Mia Well-Known Member V.I.P Member

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    One thing you could do is not listen to music or television or movies within a half hour before bedtime. Create a routine where you clean up and brush your teeth and get ready for bed and then do so. Also avoid blue light from screens or your phone which keep you awake.
     
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  3. Tom

    Tom Well-Known Member V.I.P Member

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    Pacing can happen with anyone, NT or ASD, but I associate it with an excess of nervousness and doesn't usually happen often. But I have seen a few people on the spectrum do it in a more habitual way like you describe. Not sure what it is really, but if I had to guess would say it's a form of stimming.

    I don't have a reasonable suggestion on how to stop it, but can come up with all sorts of ridiculous and silly methods.

    1. Hire Ninjas to hide in the closet in shifts. Give them instructions to jump out and take you down any time they see you pacing.

    2. Get a motion sensor that sets off a loud annoying alarm. Activate it when you go to sit down at your computer or sleep.

    3. They sell plans for a build it yourself people-sized hamster wheel. This wouldn't eliminate the problem but at least contain it to one area.

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  4. tducey

    tducey Well-Known Member

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    Pacing has never been much of an issue but it's happened to me as well. I link it to anxiety.
     
  5. Schism

    Schism Well-Known Member

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    Guilty too. Hyperanxious. I need Tom's human hamster wheel. Would save the carpets!!
     
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  6. Garth

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    I use distraction, simple things, dishes, organizing, mindless , seems to help

    or Ninjas in the closet
     
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  7. Garth

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    OCD to Lazy
     
  8. Garth

    Garth New Member

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    I should probably qualify ,, yup , total lining up stuff to Laissez-faire
    Consistency suffers
     
  9. Garth

    Garth New Member

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    Currently working on anchor points, seems to help,
    Many thanks
     
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  10. Garth

    Garth New Member

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    In my 50,s , sounds and > tV , movement seems to affect me more
     
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  11. Garth

    Garth New Member

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  12. Garth

    Garth New Member

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    clearly I have no idea how to post and stuff, not workin out for me today