Don’t just sit there — fidget

Your grade school teacher told you not to fidget, but University of Leeds professor Janet Cade says fidgeting may be good for you.

Cade and colleagues have published a study which finds that the movements involved in fidgeting may counteract the adverse health impacts of sitting for long periods — an increased risk of mortality from sitting for long periods was only found in those who consider themselves very occasional fidgeters.

“While further research is needed, the findings raise questions about whether the negative associations with fidgeting, such as rudeness or lack of concentration, should persist if such simple movements are beneficial for our health,” Cade said…

6 thoughts on “Don’t just sit there — fidget

  1. I’ve always been a fidget. I don’t notice it much, but it does annoy others. It has helped me with difficult situations & my depression. Keeping on the move helps to keep me happy, gives me purpose & the feeling of going forward in my life. As I read your post, I realized I’ve stopped fidgeting, due to being very depressed & suicidal lately.
    Thank you so much for helping me see myself more clearly.

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    • I’ve been trying to find the words to respond to your comment, but I’m not doing very well right now myself, so I’m at a loss. Just know that I’ve been thinking about you and hope things are getting better.

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      • I can’t say I have any hope of anything getting better. I’m sorry your not doing so well right now. I hope & pray for things to get better for you. Please don’t let my pain add to your troubles or worries. Forgive me for problems I may have cause you.

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        • Naomi, there’s nothing to forgive. One of the purposes of my blog is to help people, including you. I’ve had personal experience with suicide, so I hope you understand that I know where you’re coming from.

          I can’t offer you hope — that’s beyond my pay grade. But I can tell you that if you learn how to manage your depression, things do get better. I also can’t tell you which treatments or therapies will work for you, but it’s important that you try them all. And then try them again. What doesn’t work one day may work the next. It took me a long time to figure out what works best for my chronic pain, but eventually I did, and so will you.

          I’m always available if you have questions or if you just need to talk. Just email me at whenever you want. It’s an open invitation. Take care.

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