As kids, life used to be simple. We could enjoy the simple pleasures in life, play until it got dark, sit down to a family dinner and then hit they hey for the night. But as we get older, we get more responsibilities, job pressures and people who cause us stress. Before long, we are feeling stressed, anxious and burning the candle at both ends.
Today, I'm going to talk about crystals for stress relief, panic attacks and ways you can reduce stress naturally.
According to Beyond Blue, Anxiety affects one in four people in Australia. And, in a 12-month period, over two million Australian's experience anxiety.
But it goes even deeper. According to the results of Australia's Biggest Mental Health Check-In, '36 per cent of respondents suffered from depression, 33 per cent from anxiety and 31 per cent from stress.'
You are no doubt already aware that you can get a range of over the counter and doctor-prescribed drugs to calm your nerves.
But, the very fact you are on this blog and looking for healing crystals for stress, means you don't want to be taking medication every day.
Further to this, certain medications can have a direct impact on your gut microbiome. And, taking it one step further, research is now out suggesting your gut bacteria might influence depression.
The bottom line is, your body has an incredible array of natural healing mechanisms built in.
And, when combined with the power and healing benefits of crystals, you can get on top of those stressed out feelings.
Every crystal carries with it a specific vibrational energy.
The most powerful part of crystals is how their energy levels help shape your focus and intention.
It is your intention for appreciation and gratitude, when combined in a meditative state or even just controlled rhythmic breathing, that helps provide a calming and soothing atmosphere.
When you combine your stress-free intention with a crystal that relieves stress, you will find a balance that can help ease your mind.
The key thing with crystals is to find the one that resonates with you.
Finding a crystal that when you pick it up, you feel a sense of calm. You feel your energy field lift and surround you with a positive feeling.
The key is to experiment and find the crystals that get you into that zone. The place where you grab your favourite crystals, take a deep breath and know your negative feelings are being replaced with positive energy.
Blue Lace Agate has such a soft, calming energy about it and is an excellent healing crystal.
Often, feelings of stress and anxiety come from anger. Blue lace agate can help neutralise those feelings of anger and help counteract mental health issues.
One of the best methods to help overcome the negative emotions is to wear blue lace agate around your neck as a pendant.
When you look at blue lace agate crystals, it is easy to feel a sense of calm, almost like your worries are washing away.
You might like to hold a blue lace agate crystal tumble or palm stone while meditating. Then focus your intention on feeling calm and centred while taking steady, rhythmic breaths.
Black tourmaline is well-known as an excellent crystal to get rid of negative energies.
If you feel certain people or places are holding you back with their negativity, use black tourmaline to help counteract it.
Some crystal therapy experts like to get you to think of black tourmaline absorbing your negative emotions.
For example, hold your black tourmaline piece and be sure to have an excellent visual of it.
Go into your meditative state. This is great to do at the end of a hectic day.
Once in your meditative state, feel and see your negative emotions and negative energy being absorbed by the black tourmaline.
You can also use some auto-suggestion phrases such as:
If you feel you suffer from electromagnetic smog from your mobile devices and electronic devices such as your PC, place a piece of black tourmaline crystal between you and the device.
Many talk about black tourmaline having the ability to protect the energy field around you from these less than ideal waves.
In particular, rainbow fluorite. Rainbow Fluorite is one of nature's best calming stones.
When you see a rainbow, you feel a sense of wonder, joy and peace. All is good with the world.
And this is why rainbow fluorite is such a positive and powerful stone for those who suffer from anxiety and stress.
Judy Hall, author of 'The Encyclopedia of Crystals' has this to say about Fluorite, 'Used in healing, Fluorite draws off negative energies and stress of all kinds. It cleanses, purifies, dispels, and reorganises anything within the body that is not in perfect order.'
Nothing feels as energising as getting back on top of your life and feeling a sense of organisation.
When you have a clear plan of attack to tackle your most significant problems, the ones causing you the stress, the fear, anxiety and stress melt away.
Fluorite can help you get from disorganisation and stress to organised, confident and ready to tackle life's toughest tasks.
Shungite - Shungite is over 2 billion years old and has been said to help relieve the stresses of many types. It has a great grounding energy to it and will help anchor your body to the Earth, which is often referred to as the ultimate anti-inflammatory. Shungite has long been used by the Russians in their healing spas, due to its powerful effect on the immune system.
Amethyst - Such a beautiful, calming crystal. Amethyst is an excellent stone for clarity of mind, which is helpful for those feeling stressed and anxious. Another big benefit of amethyst is for those who have mood swings. Amethyst has such a positive energy about it and is one of the most widely used stones during meditation. Some use amethyst for insomnia as well, to help you have a restful sleep. And who doesn't want that?
Himalayan Salt Lamps - Clearly not a crystal, the reason salt lamps get a mention here is due to light therapy. What colour is the sunset of an evening? Orange, right? Himalayan salt lamps have the same calming and soothing orange glow of the sunset. Try it for 30 days. Go outside at sunset and watch the sun go down. The healing benefits will help relieve stress, along with so many other excellent internal bodily processes. Salt lamps in your home at night emit that lovely warm natural glow, helping your body release the feel-good hormones needed for a good nights sleep.
Dr Greenberg has written a great book about stress and more importantly, what we can do to manage it. Clicking here takes you directly to Amazon.
The bottom line is, unmanaged stress causes our body issues, negatively impacting our health.
Further to this, people who tend to have a high level of stress tend to get sick more frequently.
One remedy suggested is to learn how to stay grounded in the present and breathe.
When you are stressed, your fight or flight kicks in.
You need to control that.
Grab your favourite crystals, sit quietly and slow down your breathing.
Dr Greenberg suggests getting into a state of mindfulness, by focusing on the present.
I like to use crystals as an anchor.
When you go into this mindfulness state, you are holding your crystal.
By doing this regularly, your crystal becomes your anchor to access the mindfulness state quickly.
Every time you pick up your crystal, take a few controlled, steady breathe and focus on the present, your mind creates a deeper, more powerful circuit.
This circuit in your mind can then be accessed more quickly next time you feel stressed and reach for your crystal.