Do You Have Trouble Sitting Still?

Hey Cats,
The most common complaint these days seems to be that everyone is too tired, stressed and exhausted and they wish they had more energy – or less to do! However, for some people, it’s almost impossible to relax and chill out even when they do get the chance. Like an insomniac who longs for sleep, people who have the urge to do something, or fidget all the time, long to be able to sit still and have some peace. If you’re afflicted with the need for constant movement, there could be a good reason for it, and if you find out why you’re a fidget, you might be able to help yourself change.
The first thing to consider is whether you are getting enough stimulation, both
physically and mentally. If you have a sedentary type of job, it can feel very tiring, but that doesn’t
mean you’re getting the exercise your body needs. Fitting in a workout, exercise class, or a run before
work could do wonders for your health and stop your body clamouring for physical stimulation. If
mornings are too difficult then whatever time of day suits you better will still be of great benefit.
Going for a walk at lunchtime could help you sit still for the afternoon, and the more times you can
get moving during your day, the less likely you are to feel fidgety in between. Your brain needs
stimulation too, and if the work you do isn’t pushing you enough, it can show physically. Finding new
challenges in your job, or considering a change of position can provide higher stimulation levels for
your brain. If you are finding it hard to change jobs or develop your role within the workplace, you
could look at opportunities for mental activity outside of work. For example, studying for a
qualification by distance learning, or taking evening classes. Spending time enjoying your hobbies or
finding a new activity to get involved with will all help occupy your mind and give your body a rest.

It’s not uncommon for adults to be diagnosed with conditions like Asperger’s Syndrome and ADHD
(Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) later in life, even though they may have been living with the
condition since childhood. If you still feel restless after making lifestyle changes, it could be worth
getting an assessment for relevant health conditions. A diagnosis is nothing to be scared of because
if you understand why you behave the way you do, you can learn to manage your condition more
effectively. You can also get medication for ADHD and other disorders which can help with some of
the difficult effects of hyperactivity and emotional problems. There could be other causes such as
nerve dysfunction or mood disorders, so if your fidgetiness is affecting your quality of life, it’s
definitely worth trying to isolate the cause.

One other factor that can cause restlessness is that of your personal satisfaction. If you feel that you
should be doing more with your life, e.g., have a goal that you don’t seem to be making any
progress on, then acting to resolve this could make a big difference to your fidgeting levels. If you can
find ways to make time for working on your goals and long-term plans, that could be all you need to
get rid of the wriggles.


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