Top Skills Thursday: “Stimming”

While stimulation play has been recognized to help with ADD/ADHD and even with those who are on the autism spectrum, it’s also a great help in reducing stress and anxiety in neuro-typicals (those of us without those particular problems).

The reason it works for anxiety is, in the simplest terms, it gives the brain something else to do.

So what can we use to help reduce the anxiety?

Some examples are listed in my previous post about having and emergency kit.

Others you can try are:

  • Running your fingers through uncooked rice or beans. (Or both, whatever works for you!)
  • Listening to ASMR videos/recordings.
  • Go barefoot. (Outside even, where there’s a safe area. Grass, concrete, and stone all have different feelings.)
  • Pop bubble wrap or the neat bubble pop toys.
  • Spin around. (Honestly, the best part of my day is when I can spin in my chair.)

There are so many things you can do that will expose you to a physical sensation. Look around and see what strikes your fancy!

The rules are, you can’t do things that damage property, others, or yourself. Bonus points if you find something no one else even recognizes as stress reduction. Winning score when you lose the anxiety and find yourself just having fun.


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