How to Use Worry Beads

Three Methods:Quiet MethodLoud MethodEasy Method

Do you have a nice set of worry beads... but worry about whether or not you're using them correctly? Fear not! Here are some common methods of using worry beads... directly from their Greek origin!


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    Understand that "Worry Beads" do not have any intrinsic religious significance. They are simply a fidget toy of Greek origin.

Method 1
Quiet Method

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    Start at one end of the thread or chain, near the shield.
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    Pull the thread forward to the top of the loop using that hand's thumb and the side of the index finger.
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    Tip the cord to allow that bead to fall and hit the shield.
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    Repeat until all beads have been moved from one end of the loop to the other.
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    Turn the loop around and start again.

Method 2
Loud Method

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    Divide the beads in to two groups. On one end is the shield and a small number of the beads. On the other end is the rest of the beads.
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    Lay the empty section of string between the index and middle fingers. The hand should be in a position where the palm is facing the torso.
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    Swing the end behind the hand up and forward so that it hits the other beads in your palm, making a noise.
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    Repeat rhythmically.

Method 3
Easy Method

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    Hold all of the worry beads in one hand and roll the beads against each other, creating soft clicking sounds.


  • There is no one "right" way to use the beads. Use them in any way that relieves your stress.

Things You'll Need

  • A string of worry beads.

Article Info

Categories: Beading | Facing Fears and Worries