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What is Stimming?
The word “stimming” refers to self-stimulating behaviors, usually involving repetitive movements or sounds. - Healthline Guide to Stimming
Is it healthy to stim?
Yes! It's a natural behaviour that adapts to soothe and regulate our sensory input.
In fact, deliberately trying not to stim can be harmful and stressful. This is why it's important to find ways to regulate yourself that you are happy with, and not to shame people for this natural and healthy instinct.
Do I need to stim?
You might already stim in ways you don't realise, such as jiggling your leg whilst sitting down, sitting or standing in unusual positions, twisting your hair, chewing a lot of gum or smoking, picking at skin or nailpolish, biting your nails, etc!
More stigmatised forms of stimming include humming or droning, flapping your hands, twirling hands, walking on tip-toe or bouncing up and down.
There are a lot of ways that we can get our sensory needs met, some of which are better or more helpful than others.
For a deeper explanation of stimming, click here (link refers to children and adults).
Do I need to have a diagnosis to stim or use sensory toys?
No, you do not need a diagnosis of anything in order to benefit from stimming and using sensory tools. You are the best guide to your own feelings. If you feel drawn to an item and you enjoy using it, then go for it!
However some common diagnoses that can benefit from stimming include anxiety, autism, ADHD, OCD, and other related anxiety disorders. This isn't a hard and fast rule, every individual is unique and it can take time to find a coping mechanism that works for you.
(Note: This includes the no-longer-used terms Asperger's Syndrome and ADD.)
Is this the same as playing with toys?
Not really. Toys and play are used to help children's brains to develop, so adults and teenagers do not need "play" in the same way a child does.
By comparison, adults and teenagers can use sensory tools to manage their environment. A tool can provide sensory reassurance and relief from a busy and overwhelming world. It helps to maintain your brain health, not grow it.
Will fidgets distract me at work?
Everyone's brain is unique, and no one can predict what will work best for you.
If you are someone who gets distracted easily without toys or tools, a tool designed to stimulate your brain might be more effective than a makeshift solution, like clicking your pen or going on social media.
Alternatively if you focus well already, a fidget might be useful to help you relax and take a proper break between tasks.
Take your time and build up your self knowledge slowly. Even if fidgets aren't useful for work, it's nice to have a box of them at home for when you need them.
How can I bring fidgets to work without attracting attention?
We recommend starting small when bringing fidgets to work or school. Most workplaces, universities and classrooms should be understanding of the difference between a tool to focus you, and a toy which distracts you.
Start with silent items like our marble trap fidgets or infinity chains, and see how you feel. If you feel self conscious about fidgeting or it draws unwanted attention, perhaps find other ways to manage your sensory needs during work. Advice about how to ask for reasonable adjustments at work or education can be found here.
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