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Beading Therapy

Sunday, October 28, 2012

I was recently diagnosed with schizo-affective disorder (which is what depressed me into gaining most of my weight back). I don't know if it's the medication, or a feeling of "what to do now?" but I've been so restless! I started beading to calm down--boy does that work! Beading is one of the only things I can keep at for hours these days; and it's really taking off: I have over a hundred pieces done, I'm working on getting a shop set up online, and some of my pieces are in a local antiques, gifts, and collectibles shoppe. I'm keeping busy with updating the facebook page for it; and my parents and friends have been so supportive and encouraging! I'm very excited about where to go from here, and about learning more skilled ways of expressing myself through my work (ie. play)!
-is-robin/168147896657399 just insert more exercise between beading sittings!!! ;D

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
SOULFISH80 11/3/2012 9:06PM

    Brilliant way to spend free time. My sister really got into macramae (sp??? sorry!) with hemp, she was had a wonderful time for many years, and made some amazing things. She still does it here and there, but she has s muoch, she decided to stop for ahwile. I am in the same boat as you, as far as medicine induced weight gain is concerned. I was diagnosed bi-polar after multiple psychotic episodes lead me to be hospitalized. I take meds daily now, and gained over 60 pounds since taking them. It is hard to deal with, but I value my mental stability, so I just try to find balance wherever I can. I will check out your stuff on FB. Thanks so much for this post, there is so much stigma behind taking meds for things like this, but sometimes it can be beneficial. Good luck in all you do.

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MTRACHEL 10/29/2012 8:43PM

    I think there's a 'when life gives you lemons, make lemonade' message in here..can't wait to see those beads.

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AZIMAT 10/29/2012 10:40AM

    Wonderful that you have found this outlet. I'm lovin' jewelry making too!

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VALERIEMAHA 10/28/2012 10:14PM

    You could take your laptop occasionally for 2-3 hours to Stuttgart and work in the library on etsby. (You could also combine it with half a day of volunteering there.)

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