Fidgeting is often referred to as a bad habit. We all know someone who often shakes their leg, clicks a pen or taps the table. Although those habits might disturb some people, they can actually help restless and easily bored people concentrate on their tasks.
So what is a good and helpful fidget, and what is not?
A good fidget activity is one that doesn't require your visual or auditory focus, so you can keep your brain tuned into the task you’re actually supposed to be doing.
For example, good and helpful fidgets meeting these criteria can be found in the Fidget Pro app (available here). Designed to help people with ADHD, you may find it helpful if you are having trouble concentrating or finishing a task; Just grab your phone with you and start fidgeting to increase productivity and focus.
ADHD symptoms arise from executive dysfunction, and emotional dysregulation is often considered a core symptom. In children, problems paying attention may result in poor school performance.
Although people with ADHD struggle to focus on tasks they are not particularly interested in completing, they are often able to maintain an unusually prolonged and intense level of attention for tasks they do find interesting or rewarding; this is known as hyperfocus.
Multiple symptoms of hyperactivity/impulsivity can negatively impact occupational, academic or social functioning. Typically, these tend to be most apparent in environments with structure or which require self-control. Symptoms are generally from the following clusters:
Excessive motor activity; struggles to sit still, often leaving their seat; prefers to run about; in younger children, will fidget when attempting to sit still; in adolescents and adults, a sense of physical restlessness or discomfort with being quiet and still.
Talks too much; struggles to quietly engage in activities.
Blurts out answers or comments; struggles to wait their turn in conversation, games, or activities; will interrupt or intrude on conversations or games.
A lack of forethought or consideration of consequences when making decisions or taking action, instead tending to act immediately (e.g., physically dangerous behaviours including reckless driving; impulsive decisions).
Keep reading about ADHD symptoms here, and feel free to comment your thoughts.