I decided I needed to reward myself with a visit to the Bead Store once I finished Barb’s quilt on time. So yesterday afternoon, I visited my favorite neighborhood bead shop, Basically Beads to pick up beads and supplies for my freeform beading piece I am planning to do while recovering from my upcoming surgery. Also, I was long overdue to hunt through their very large bead box they have for customers- Bead Box Therapy! What is Bead Box Therapy, you might ask?
Picture a huge rubbermaid bin filled with a million beads- literally. You hunt through this bin looking for just the right color of bead or beads. You fill a small plastic ziplock bag and pay a mere $3 per bead bag. What a bargain!! But this bead box is so much more.
The first time I discovered this bead box, I noticed how therapeutic it was. I would come in stressed, then after hunting and digging through the bead box, my mind would become relaxed and calm. I mentioned this finding to the store owners- and they told me that they hear this every day. Turns out, they have other customers who come in to de-stress by digging in this bead box, too! LOL
Hmmm…. I thought about this, and my theory is that sensory, tactile stimulation is calming to the brain for some people. Any other theories out in blog-land? (be nice!)
After my zen-bead experience, here is what I came home with yesterday… to distract my mind from my pending surgery, I filed 5 bags yesterday, which looks like this:
I started off hunting for white and clear beads, then got sidetracked by the pretty colors. LOL
So, who needs pre-op stress medication when Bead Box Therapy is available? LOL Cheers, Carla