Start the Day Right – It is funny how something good, comes out of something bad. A couple of days ago I had to look back through some old records to a time when my anxiety and depression were horrific. I have been in a “good place” for weeks so felt strong enough to do what I knew was a difficult task. As usual I completely under estimated the emotional strain it would put me under and within an hour of starting the job I felt an anxiety attack coming on. I calmed myself using my worry beads and carried on as I needed to get the job done even though it was unpleasant.
Before long I was in a full blown anxiety attack. Common sense prevailed, I stopped and sat down quietly with my worry beads to relax. It took ages and even now, a few days later I still feel the anxiety bubbling away. It was this morning that I came up with an idea. Although the task that set me off is well and truly put aside for some considerable time I still wake to tingling fingers, one of my tells that all is not right. I normally bring my 1Pear worry beads to bed and will fiddle with them before going to sleep however I left them downstairs last night and used my 2Pear worry beads that was already on the bedside table. I took them up this morning. They were cold from the nights lack of use and the leather was less supple than normal. I started trying to do the tricks that I am really proficient at, with mixed success. I continued and the leather started to warm and become its normal, compliant self.
Twenty minutes passed as I improved up to my normal standard. Where had the time gone? I suddenly realised that I was calm and felt nicely relaxed, the best I had been for days. It was the fact that I could NOT do the tricks that completely distracted my mind and for an hour or so made me relaxed. I shall now try this each morning as it is a great way to clear my head and start how I would like to carry on for the day. All good things do not last and typing this has brought back a bit of the anxiety. I feel good for sharing and know that I will benefit each morning from my discovery, so I do not regret my actions.
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