I have only flown helicopters in a flight simulator (X-Plane) and I have found it exceedingly hard to fly in certain regimes (especially hovering and close to hovering) because it seems like there is no point on the controls at which I can stay and not have the helicopter start moving in a direction I want. As a result, I wind up having to constantly move the control inputs (cyclic and yaw) in small amounts back and forth across where the stability point should be. On flight simulator forums I have actually seen a couple of people recommend doing this.
But my question is, does this accurately reflect how a real helicopter behaves? Is it possible to maintain a stable hover or slow speed movement in or out of ground effect once achieved without moving the control inputs much or at all?