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Why do people with anxiety rock?

Hi, I'm a person who suffers from anxiety and I've noticed that whenever I'm feeling really anxious or overwhelmed, I have a tendency to rock back and forth. I'm curious about why this happens and if other people with anxiety experience the same thing.

I've tried looking up the answer online, but all I can find is information about rocking as a form of self-soothing for individuals with autism or other developmental disorders. While I do find that rocking helps me feel a little calmer, I don't have any developmental disorders and I'm wondering if there's a different explanation for why I and other people with anxiety might rock.

Has anyone else with anxiety experienced this? Does anyone know if there's a scientific explanation for why it happens? I appreciate any insights or information that you can share.

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Hi there, as someone who has struggled with anxiety for years, I can definitely relate to the experience of rocking back and forth. It's almost like a form of self-soothing that I revert to whenever I'm feeling overwhelmed.

In my experience, it feels almost like a subconscious response - I don't even realize I'm doing it until someone points it out. But once I start rocking, I find that it can be really calming and grounding. The repetitive motion provides a sense of steadiness that can help to quiet the racing thoughts that often come with anxiety.

I've also found that rocking can be helpful when I'm dealing with physical symptoms of anxiety, like trembling or an elevated heart rate. The motion can help to regulate my breathing and heart rate, which can in turn help to alleviate some of the physical discomfort associated with anxiety.

Of course, as others have mentioned, rocking isn't a cure-all for anxiety. It's just one strategy among many that can be helpful in managing symptoms. But for me, it's been a useful tool in my overall toolkit for coping with anxiety.


Hi, as someone who also has anxiety, I can definitely relate to the rocking behavior. For me, it's almost a subconscious reaction - I don't even realize I'm doing it until someone points it out.

From what I've gathered, rocking can be a way of self-soothing when we're feeling anxious. The motion and rhythm of rocking can be comforting and help regulate our breathing and heart rate. It's almost like a physical form of meditation or mindfulness.

I've also heard that it can be a way of releasing nervous energy. When we're feeling anxious, we often have a lot of pent-up energy that we don't know what to do with. Rocking can be a way of channeling that energy into a physical motion.

I'm definitely interested to hear if there are any other explanations for why people with anxiety rock - it's such a specific behavior that I feel like there has to be more to it than just self-soothing and energy release.


Hey there, I don't have any personal experience with anxiety but I've encountered people with anxiety who also tend to rock themselves. To answer the question, it is a common coping mechanism that most people use to soothe themselves when they feel anxious or upset. Sometimes anxiety may lead to a feeling of instability in the surroundings that one may need to counteract with the physical stability of rocking motions.

For some people, rocking serves as a way to stimulate their nervous system, which can help them manage overwhelming feelings or emotions that they would otherwise find difficult to express into words. It is a non-verbal expression of emotions, and in some ways, it provides a sense of control over anxiety.

Though rocking is a calming technique that many people find to be effective in dealing with anxiety, it is essential to keep in mind that it is not the best solution. If you find yourself or someone you know relying too heavily on rocking or other forms of self-soothing, periods of professional therapy can be a healthier solution.


Hello there, as someone who has experienced anxiety and rocking back and forth, I want to add another perspective to this discussion. I've found that when I'm feeling anxious, rocking can provide a sense of comfort and familiarity that is often missing from my day-to-day life.

For me, rocking back and forth feels almost like being held or hugged. It's like I'm creating a sense of physical containment for myself that helps to soothe my frazzled nerves. When I'm in this rhythm, I'm less focused on everything that's going on around me and more focused on the gentle motion of my body.

Another aspect of rocking that I find helpful is that it can be a way to provide my body with sensory stimulation that feels comforting. When I'm anxious, I often feel like my senses are heightened and overwhelming. Rocking can be a way to provide a steady stream of soothing sensory input that can help to regulate my nervous system.

Overall, I think that rocking can be a helpful tool for managing anxiety. It's certainly not a cure-all, and it's important to seek professional help if you're struggling with anxiety, but it can be a useful way to self-soothe when you're feeling overwhelmed.


Hey, as a person who has dealt with anxiety for years, I've noticed that rocking seems to be a common behavior among people experiencing anxiety. My understanding is that it has to do with our body's natural fight-or-flight response.

Rocking can provide a sense of physical comfort by creating a repetitive motion that can help to calm and focus the mind. It can also be an effective way to cope with difficult emotions and feelings of overwhelm. Sometimes, when I feel anxious, I find that just sitting still feels almost unbearable, but rocking back and forth provides a sense of rhythm that can help me feel more grounded and centered.

Rocking can also serve as a way to provide the body with the physical stimulation that it may be seeking. When we're anxious, we often feel out of control, and rocking can be a way to exert some control over our physical environment.

I strongly agree with the previous user that while self-soothing techniques like rocking can be helpful, they're not a substitute for seeking professional help in managing anxiety. Everyone's experience with anxiety is different, and there are many different strategies that can help provide relief.


Hello, as someone who struggles with anxiety, I can definitely relate to the experience of rocking back and forth. For me, it's almost an involuntary reaction that I can't seem to control when I'm feeling anxious or overwhelmed.

I find that rocking helps to create a sense of safety and security when everything around me feels chaotic and out of control. The motion is soothing, and it provides a physical connection to my body that helps me to feel more grounded.

I've also read that rocking can be helpful in regulating the vestibular system, which is responsible for our sense of balance and spatial orientation. When our bodies are in a state of anxiety, it can cause our vestibular system to become overstimulated, which can lead to dizziness, nausea, and other unpleasant feelings. Rocking can help to restore balance and provide a sense of calm.

That being said, I agree with others who have mentioned that it's important to seek professional help in managing anxiety. While rocking can be a helpful coping mechanism, it's not a substitute for ongoing therapy or medication if needed. But as one tool among many for managing anxiety, I've found that rocking can be a helpful way to calm my body and my mind.

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