We are Lindsay & Emily, two sisters living with obsessive-compulsive disorder and anxiety (yes, it runs in the family). Through years of sharing one anxiety-ridden saga after another, we’ve come to learn that our OCD (and all kinds of mental health disorders) come in many different ‘flavors.’ Though our fears and thought processes may differ, it’s amazing that we can use the same mindfulness techniques to help us cope with our anxiety.
Because of the stigma that still exists around mental health disorders, most of us are not properly taught how our mind works, how it breaks, and how it heals. When we learn how our minds work, we can actually condition ourselves to react differently to our anxiety-producing thoughts and distance ourselves from our minds. We can start filling our lives with things that bring us the most joy instead of things that bring the least anxiety.
We can start to live in the present moment.
There is only one problem. When we’re stuck in a loop of anxiety, it can be hard to remember that we have the tools to pull ourselves out. Sometimes we need a reminder to pause, take a deep breath, and find the strength to cope.
Presently bracelets bear affirmations inspired by cognitive-behavioral therapy, reminding us to embrace life – the good and the bad – as it is, not as we think it should be. They are designed to help us disrupt the cycle of unproductive thinking and to redirect our attention to the present moment.
But, Presently isn’t just a jewelry brand. We wanted to start a platform to open up the conversation around mental health. We know how important it is to have access to resources and knowledge about mental health disorders. It’s the first step towards healing. We were lucky enough to have had the support of our family who did everything they could to educate themselves. But, there are so many people who know absolutely nothing about what they are dealing with internally.
With every feeling, every fear, and every story we share, we give others the opportunity to share their own struggles. We want to empower those who suffer silently to discover real, effective ways to feel less overwhelmed and removed from the present moment.