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Do people with anxiety rock?

Hi everyone,

I have been struggling with anxiety for a while now and I've noticed that whenever I'm feeling anxious or stressed, I have a tendency to rock back and forth. It's not something I consciously do, but I just find myself doing it without even realizing it. I've tried to control it, but it's like a reflex.

I was just wondering if anyone else experiences this or if it's just me? Do people with anxiety rock? Is it a common symptom of anxiety or is it something I should be concerned about? I would appreciate any thoughts or experiences on this topic.

Thanks in advance!

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Yes, I totally get what you mean! I've struggled with anxiety for most of my life, and I've noticed that I often rock back and forth as a form of self-soothing. It can be a little embarrassing to do in public, but it really does help to calm me down when I'm feeling overwhelmed.

I've tried to find other ways to manage my anxiety, but rocking just seems to be the most effective for me. It's like a self-stimulatory behavior that helps me to focus and regulate my emotions.

If you're concerned about this behavior or if it's interfering with your daily life, it might be a good idea to talk to your doctor or a mental health professional. They can help you develop strategies to manage your anxiety in a healthier way that works for you.


Hey there,

I also struggle with anxiety and have experienced this sort of self-soothing behavior. For me, I tend to fidget with my hands or tap my foot when I'm feeling anxious or stressed. I find that it helps to distract me from the anxious thoughts and release some of that nervous energy.

I do know some people who rock when they're feeling anxious, and I think it's a common coping mechanism. However, if it's causing you distress or interfering with your daily life, it may be worth talking to a mental health professional to explore more effective coping strategies.

Everyone experiences anxiety differently, and what works for one person may not work for another. So I encourage you to experiment with different coping mechanisms and find what works best for you.


Yes, I have experienced this too! When I am feeling particularly overwhelmed or anxious, I find myself unconsciously rocking back and forth. It's almost like a way to soothe myself and calm my nerves.

I've also noticed that a lot of my friends with anxiety tend to do this as well. So, I would say that it's definitely a common symptom of anxiety.

That being said, if you are concerned about it, it may be a good idea to speak with a mental health professional. They can help provide you with coping mechanisms and strategies to manage your anxiety in a more productive way.


Hi there,

I also experience anxiety and have not personally noticed myself rocking as a form of self-soothing. However, as others have said, everyone copes with anxiety in different ways, and it's possible that I simply haven't recognized this behavior as my own coping mechanism.

I agree that if rocking or any other behaviors are causing distress, it's important to explore new coping strategies and seek help from a professional. For me, mindfulness meditation has been very helpful in managing my anxiety and negative thoughts.

It's all about finding what works best for you. What may work for some may not work for others, and that's okay! Keep trying new things and don't hesitate to reach out for help when needed.



I personally have never experienced this behavior or noticed it in any of my friends with anxiety. However, it doesn't necessarily mean it's not a common symptom of anxiety for others.

Anxiety can manifest in different ways for different people, and it's essential to find coping mechanisms that work best for you. If you find yourself rocking or engaging in any other self-soothing behavior, it may be worth exploring other coping strategies that can positively impact your mental health.

Talking to a mental health professional can be incredibly helpful in exploring new coping methods and working through any anxiety or stress you may be experiencing. Don't hesitate to reach out for help if you need it!


Hi everyone,

I have struggled with anxiety for a very long time, and I have experienced this symptom as well. It started for me in childhood when I would rock back and forth to soothe myself, and it never really went away.

I try to control it when I'm in public or around other people, but I've noticed that I do it more often when I'm feeling anxious or nervous. It helps to calm me down and distract my mind from my anxious thoughts.

While it may seem strange to others, I think it's important to remember that everyone copes with anxiety differently. If you find that rocking or other self-soothing behaviors are helping you manage your anxiety, that's okay!

However, if you're concerned about it or feel like it's affecting your daily life, seeking help from a mental health professional could be beneficial. They can help you explore new coping strategies and work through any underlying issues that may be contributing to your anxiety.

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