I’ve been dabbling (and having so much fun) learning all about designing jewelry. So I’m excited to introduce to you my Snap Happy Bracelets. There is some science and a personal story of why I have designed and made these pretty little bracelets.

Have you ever had a habit you wanted to change but found it hard to make it stick? Or what about feelings of anxiety that you wish would go away or that you could learn to face them and change your thought pattern? Maybe you want to lose weight but somebody’s ice cream in the freezer is calling your name? Here is a little bracelet that could help you make the mental changes in your desire.

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*Depending on the bead, I have found the wider and flatter bead could cause a slight sting like a rubber band but still not the same. Just FYI!

Have you ever heard of the “Rubber Band Theory” for changing your thought patterns to help with anxiety, depression, stress, dieting, etc? An easy explanation is to wear a rubber band around your wrist. When you have a negative thought (anxiety, stress, etc.), you “snap” the rubber band to help remind you to replace the negative thought with a more positive or soothing thought depending on the situation. I personally came across this technique when I was going through a period of anxiety. A woman I know told me to put a rubber band around my wrist, not too tight, and every time I felt anxious about a situation, I was to snap the band and think of a more positive, soothing thought. I have to admit I was skeptical about the whole thing but I figured I didn’t have anything to lose so I decided to give it a try. The first few days, I couldn’t tell a difference but eventually every time a stressful or anxious situation would come up, I would pop the band and think a happier more positive thought or do some deep breathing. Oddly, I noticed that it was starting to work. This has been some time ago but recently as I deal with my chronic illness, I wanted to bring more good vibes around me so I grabbed some rubber bands to help remind myself of the good things around me and to help me be more grateful for what I have.

Then one day as I was making jewelry I suddenly thought how nice it would be to “snap” a pretty bracelet on my wrist instead of a plain rubber band. I put a few prototypes together, testing elastic and beads, had people test them and the Snap Happy Bracelet was born! The only thing the bracelet doesn’t do that the rubber band did was give you a “sting” on the wrist. Instead you hear the beads snap together along with the pressure of the them hitting your wrist*. I have found that just the action of snapping the bracelet helps you change your thinking pattern and I love looking at a pretty bracelet instead of a plain rubber band.

I hope to have them up for sale in my Etsy shop this weekend. They will be made starting at 5” in diameter and going up by 1/2” for sizing. You don’t want them to be too tight or too loose. If you have a size 7” wrist, then you would wear a size 7. The bracelets will expand over time as you use them just like a rubber band loosens with use. But I still use mine! They still snap giving you that thought changing signal but also, you have a pretty bracelet to add to your collection!

But now I have to insert the all important disclaimer: THIS IS NOT A MEDICAL DEVICE! Make sure to talk to your physician for all medical needs before trying something new. The above information comes from my own experience and the following websites describing the rubber band technique in changing thought patterns:

The Rubber Band Technique

Snap The Rubber Band

  Once again I’m so excited to bring you these bracelets. I hope that you give them a try and that they help you like they did for me!

Have a Fantastic Day!

Miki