“What types of things stress you out?”
My therapist asked me one day. I nervously laughed, “uhm, everything!” I replied back. She laughed, “that’s ok, I can work with that.”
I used to be a very anxious person. Panic attacks, dissociation, the whole nine yards. But I’ve since discovered natural ways to reduce my anxiety and one of those ways is using crystals for stress relief.
I often turn to crystals to relieve stress for a few reasons. First, using crystals for stress relief is easy. Healing crystals are small and can fit into your pocket or be worn as jewelry every day. No matter where you are, you can always have a small stone nearby to help curb your anxiety.
Second, healing crystals don’t affect my cognitive ability as some anxiety meds do (although, please continue to take your doctor’s advice and do not replace your medication with healing crystals; rather, use healing crystals on top of your current regime).
Today, I want to share with you my favorite crystals for stress and anxiety so you can clear away stressful energy and replace it with high vibes!
Crystals for Stress and Anxiety
Here are the best crystals to use to calm your nervous system and reduce your stress!
How to use this stone: Meditate with Tourmaline at your Root chakra and envision what you need to accomplish
Stone summary: Black Tourmaline (also known as Schorl) is a Root chakra stone that helps you connect and ground yourself when you feel “fight-or-flight” set in.
Root chakra stones are particularly useful for stress relief since they bring you back to reality, which is helpful during panic attacks.
This crystal will slow down your mind and allow you to think more clearly. It will also shield you from negative vibrations coming from other people. If you’re an empath like me, you may find that your anxiety and stress stems from other people. If that’s the case, you can use Black Tourmaline to protect you from other people’s negative energy.
How to use this stone: Place Smoky Quartz near your front door to cleanse any energy entering your home
Zodiacs: Scorpio, Capricorn
Stone summary: Another amazing crystal for stress is Smoky Quartz. Smoky Quartz is the stone of bravery and will calm your mind and send any negative energy it encounters to the Earth for healing.
This crystal will also improve your confidence so you don’t feel anxious about looming events. For example, if you are nervous about a presentation at work, this crystal will transform that negative energy into confident energy so you don’t feel as nervous and stressed out.
Blue Lace Agate
How to use this stone: Meditate or carry with you during periods of high stress (such as work meetings)
Zodiacs: Gemini, Pisces
Stone summary: Blue Lace Agate crystals are calming stones and have been used in anti-anxiety practices around the world for many years. If you struggle to find inner peace, you can use Blue Lace Agate to wash a sense of calmness over you.
Blue Lace Agates are Throat chakra stones and will aid in your communication ability. If you suffer from social anxiety or stage anxiety (such as presentations or performances) this crystal is the perfect stone for you.
How to use this stone: Sleep with Rose Quartz under your pillow if you have anxiety-induced sleep problems
Stone summary: Many people regard Rose Quartz crystals as love stones, but Rose Quartz’s healing ability goes beyond the heart chakra, in fact, unbeknownst to many, Rose Quartz is one of the best crystals you can use to find inner peace.
Rose Quartz will improve your self-love and give you the self-confidence you need to keep your anxiety at bay.
It also promotes feelings of calmness and inner peace.
How to use this stone: Keep Amethyst on you when you are around others
Zodiacs: Virgo, Sagittarius, Capricorn, Aquarius, Pisces
Stone summary: Amethyst is a powerful stone for your mind and many people tout it as being one of the best healing crystals. Period.
If you suffer from dissociation with your anxiety and stress, you might want to try working on your Crown chakra. Amethyst can help balance your Crown chakra and keep you mentally balanced. If your mind is littered with negative thoughts, Amethyst will cleanse your mind and rid you of any unwanted energy.
It will balance your mood swings (I personally suffer from mood swings when I get anxious) and help you feel more at ease.
How to use this stone: Place Shungite next to your laptop, computer, and electronic devices.
Stone summary: Shungite is an interesting healing crystal; it has the ability to protect you from Electrical Magnetic Fields (EMFs) from our computers, phones, tablets and other electronic devices.
Because electronic devices increase stress, you should use Shungite healing crystals to protect you from EMFs as much as possible.
On top of protecting you from EMFs, Shungite will attract peaceful energy.
How to use this stone: Hold and meditate with this stone in your left hand
Stone summary: Fluorite comes in many different forms! You can often find Fluorite with different colors swirled (as pictured above, with both green and purple), or you can find Fluorite crystals in one solid color.
For stress and anxiety, try to find purple Fluorite crystals (or crystals with purple swirls throughout). This crystal wards off negative energy, provides stress relief, and will even aid your phsyic ability. You can meditate with Purple Fluorite crystals to stabilize your emotions so you don’t feel as anxious.
How to use this stone: Carry around with you, especially on days where you think you’ll be easily stressed out
Stone summary: Lepidolite helps reduce anxiety and depression by gently encourage self-improvement. When you feel overwhelmed, Lepidolite allows you to calmly assess the situation from a place of peace so you can
This crystal will soothe your nervous system so you are less likely to get stressed out in the first place; prevention is often better than treatment which is why I love using Lepidolite to stop stress and anxiety in the first place!
How to use crystals to manage stress
Each of the above healing crystals lists a way you can use them to help you ease your stress and fears, however, there are a few general ways you can use crystals:
- Meditate with your crystals
- Perform a cleansing bath ritual
- Wear your crystals
- Keep your crystals beside your bed
- Place crystals on your work area and keep them near you throughout the day
Overcoming anxiety and stress with healing crystals
So, you’re probably wondering how long it will take before you start seeing improvements to your anxiety.
When you’re constantly stressed out and anxious, your nervous system is always working in overdrive. It will take time for your nervous system to get used to being “off”.
That being said, you will notice small improvements as soon as you hold any of the above crystals in your palms and ensue your first meditation. However, you may feel that as soon as you put the crystal down, you begin to feel anxious again. This is completely normal and over time, with frequent use and meditation (along with your doctor’s advice) you can start to feel less stressed out.
What do you do to help you manage your stress and anxiety? Comment your top tips below.
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