2 sisters with Obsessive Compulsive Dysfunction and Nervousness have developed therapy-inspired bracelets to assist others


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Have you ever received a dazzling knowledge of therapy – or heard someone mention a sophisticated coping mechanism that your therapist taught you? Always wanted a tangible way to write it down? Sisters Emily Stetzer, 27, and Lindsay Stetzer, 32, used their experience in cognitive behavioral therapy to inspire the jewelry company Presently. Each mindfulness bracelet has a snapshot based on therapist tips that the nurses diagnosed with both obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and anxiety found useful in their everyday lives.

The engraved phrases are not the typical “feel good” affirmations advertised by many of the products on the market. “A lot of mainstream brands sell bracelets with phrases like ‘stay positive’ and ‘hope’. Some of those phrases on the bracelets just have a ton of empty meanings, “said Emily, who was diagnosed in 2016 when POPSUGAR spoke to her and Lindsay in August (Lindsay was first diagnosed a decade earlier).” I really wanted a bracelet that reminds me of things my therapist taught me, because sometimes, when you are in great fear, your head is not there. “

Emily continued, “When someone comes up to you and tells you they’re scared and you say, ‘Just don’t be scared. Do not think about it. Don’t bring a bad mood with a bad mood “… it’s just not realistic and it won’t help you. It won’t help you sit with your fear and sit with those worries. You just have to be with them somehow, so you can do it right read them. ” Emily emphasized that she and her sister believe that Currently is a more logical and tangible approach to living with mental disorders. They encourage people to feel their emotions and process them instead of hiding struggles with positivity.

“I really wanted a bracelet that would remind me of things my therapist taught me. Because sometimes, when you are in great fear, your head is not there. ”

The sisters’ “day jobs” are also creative – Emily is the art director and Lindsay does interior design. Currently a formal business in November 2020, then relaunched with first sales in June this year. There are eight therapy-educated phrases to choose from:

  1. “My thoughts pass by clouds”: This reminds you to be a spectator of your thoughts instead of being drawn into them. You can sit with them, accept them, and then learn to let them go.
  2. “Trust the uncomfortable”: Don’t run away from discomfort. As the sisters write on the Presently website, “If you allow yourself to feel the fear, you will find that the discomfort does not last forever.”
  3. “Assume uncertainty”: It is hard to bear that much of the world we live in is uncertain and unknown. Practice the act of accepting that you don’t need to know everything.
  4. “I am separated from my mind”: The sisters point out that just because thoughts exist in your head does not mean that they are the truth. “As you create some distance and remember that you are disconnected from your mind, you will find that the urge to decipher every thought subsides,” they write.
  5. “I let go of what I cannot control”: This is pretty self-explanatory, but it’s a gentle reminder that you shouldn’t think about what you can’t control (because much of life is out of our control).
  6. “It’s okay to feel how I feel”: As the sisters say, “We heal more deeply when we allow ourselves to truly feel all of our emotions.”
  7. “Listen to wise thoughts”: Their “wise minds,” Emily and Lindsay explain on the Presently site, are your gut instincts, which prioritize your best interests. “Take what you are feeling and know what you are doing” when making decisions.
  8. “React without rating”: Emily and Lindsay encourage you not to “project your preferences onto the world”. Instead, tend to appreciate life for what it is.

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[T]The fact that you are actually seeing these memories on your wrist – around your wrist – is meant to ground you in the present moment.

Currently originally launched with three types of gold chains, and they have since launched silver options in addition to bracelets with gemstone and macrame bands. You can find out more about the experiences of the Stetzer sisters with obsessive-compulsive disorder and anxiety on the Bad liar with Helena Rosen Podcast, as well as on Presently’s blog and Instagram. Her main goal is to expand the brand’s offerings and, as Lindsay said, “get people to talk about anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder and mental health”.

Although they have considered introducing different types of jewelry in the future, the fact that you are actually seeing these memories on your wrist should be grounded in the present moment. “For me,” said Lindsay, “it’s comforting to have her. Do you know to have a sentence on your arm that matches what you have learned and what you know to be true and what you are trying to hope for in the future for getting past it all … accepting it all . “

Five dollars from every bracelet sold will be donated to one of four charities (which you can select at checkout): the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, the Child Mind Institute, the International OCD Foundation, and the National Alliance on Mental Illness of NYC. Pre-purchase some of our favorite Presently offers.

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