Maladaptive Daydreaming: where wild minds come to rest
Facial stuff mostly. I turn my head sometimes.
Sometimes if I try hard enough, I can daydream laying down or sitting down. That's rare for me. If you tried to go out for a run, that could help.
Pacing. Always pacing.
I'm one of these rare people that don't move around. I read the statistics of the Schupak study and most of us pace or fidget or whatever. I'm usually perfectly still. I do it most frequently when I driving or flying or lying in bed. However I also do it when I'm going on a long walk so the movement doesn't stop it. I can't do it when I'm running because that requires too much energy and focus in itself.
But I do the talking out loud at random times thing. Oh it's embarrassing. I'll be sitting in the passenger seat of the car on a long drive and it's been quiet a while because hubby is focused on driving and I'm all up in my daydream and suddenly I'll say something out loud that one of my characters says. I usually try to make an excuse like something out the window made me say it or like some other normal thought made me say it, but it's really awkward for sure.
I tend to mimic my characters' facial expressions and actions, and sometimes I talk. I've sometimes been caught making facial expressions, but then I make an excuse like I remembered some story or something. I can't pace or I end up walking into things...
The most common thing I do is rock back and forth or pace to music while I daydream. Sometimes I laugh out loud or shout depending on something a character in my dream does, and it is as if I'm acting as the character. Luckily I've only ever done these things when nobody is around, so I don't really feel embarrassed by them.
I also pace and tend to actually talk out loud,sometimes I even like pretend i'm hugging someone (while i'm actually hugging air or myself :W ) when I hug a character in my dreams so I pretty much act out everything while pacing+i speak and yeahh if i'm jumping in my dream I also actually jump out here...so whatever happens in my dream I act it out...so it could be really weird when someone walks in and you're just standing there hugging yourself...
I'm about to blow everyone out of the water with my weirdness.
I have to actually act out my characters, which is worse, like I'm in a play or something. When my best friend in my dd is lecturing me, I'll do the facial expressions of him and say his words, but stand how my alter ego is standing. So I do the physical actions of my alter ego but the facial expressions and voice of whoever is talking. Everyone has a different voice. I think it's similar to hypnotism, actually. Because there are very limited places for me to do this, I can only 'act' parts of the story. Other parts, like if a story has us going on a holiday, I'll just act out us sitting around my house talking about the holiday.
At night in bed I can shut my eyes and it's almost like hypnotism...I just have to move my hands and facial expressions and can act out almost anything. BUT I only do this to act the memories of my alter ego, e.g. when he was 15 and got his first job or something. This is always very emotional so I am very careful how much i do this type or I get addicted and never get any sleep.
Anyhow, compulsive actions, or self stimulation, are common in people with Autism like me. You learn to hide them. I do them when I'm not dreaming!