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For those of us feeling the soul crush of living life under the constant, chronic cycle of stress, it’s easy to feel like life has reached an ugly tipping point. Turning to healing crystals can be an amazing way to tune in and alleviate unsettling feelings. Unlike using medication, which is about treating the symptoms, using calming crystals for anxiety helps to calm and heal your mind, body and spirit, really getting to the root of the problem.
When humans were evolving, we developed the innate ‘fight or flight’ response to protect us from danger and certain death. While there are far fewer mortal dangers in the modern world, our brain's alarm system still identifies "threats" - even in outwardly routine situations. The “flight” feeling, more commonly known today as anxiety can strike at any time, but is common in social situations, large crowds, when travelling, or any time we might "fail." Sometimes it can even lead to panic attacks.
Think of utilising crystals for calming as a deep exhale for your soul, a much-needed refuge from the 24-hour news cycle, crass reality TV and repugnant politicians.
Crystal healing can ease symptoms such as stomach churning, tense muscles and loss of self-confidence, allowing you to enjoy life more. Use these calming crystals when you’re suffering from anxiety, to calm your mind, stay centred and bring back your chill.
What are the best crystals to help with anxiety?
Let go with Lepidolite
Lepidolite’s high lithium content is no coincidence and no prescription is required. In these oh-so-stressful times of political unrest, gig economies and keeping up with Kardashians, keep this gentle healing stone on hand to induce a sense of calm and tranquillity during times of stress and chaos.
Lepidolite’s gentleness and balanced energy can decrease stress, anxiety, depression, mania, despondency, PTSD and other traumas, panic attacks and addictions.
Bliss out with Blue Lace Agate
Use a Blue Lace Agate Crystal to shift your response to stressful situations so you too can remain calm, cool and collected. Blue Lace Agate brings calm, tranquillity and a lessening of anger (even deeper anger issues) and a calming of nervousness. It is considered a happiness stone, as well as one of hope.
Float away with Angelite
Think of Angelite as your personal, pocket sized Guardian Angel. Angelite is a stone that can bring serenity, inner peace and a sense of calm quicker than a glass of your favourite vino. Angelite is the perfect stone to reach for when you need to calm the F-Train down, it dispels fear and anger and encourages forgiveness (keep on hand for the next time your housemate leaves the toilet seat up).
Calm with Black Tourmaline
Black Tourmaline works like a super absorbent sponge, soaking up all the negative energy that surrounds it. Wear Black Tourmaline jewellery or carry it with you so you don't pick up on other people’s toxic energy. It's one thing to be compassionate and caring but it's the danger zone for your soul when you take on someone else's drama.
This mysterious and alluring stone is one of the most powerful and effective crystals for anxiety. If you find yourself being swept away by the storm clouds of fear, Keep Calm and Carry Black Tourmaline. The Xanax of healing crystals, this protective stone is another essential component to your crystal first aid kit.
Peace out with Howlite
Things in the past should stay in the past, and Howlite can be used to release attachments or cords linking us to old emotional pain from this life or past lives. Imagine your Howlite crystal like a badass flick knife or lightsaber, severing those unhealthy attachments and preparing you to process and go forward in peace.
The wake of such calming can help you be truly comfortable as yourself without the need to pretend to be anything but what you are.
How to use crystals for anxiety and stress relief…
How do you meditate with crystals to help with anxiety?
Meditate with calming crystals, either by setting them on your body, or holding them in the palms of your hands. This can help alleviate mental clutter and promote deep relaxation.
Which are the best crystals for social anxiety?
All of the crystals above can help with social anxiety, but there is one in particular that stands out.
Blue Lace Agate is one of the most powerful crystals for fighting social phobia and anxiety. If you're feeling anxious about an upcoming social event, try meditating with Blue Lace Agate to calm your mind. It's also great to wear as jewellery if you’re heading to a party or social occasion that your stomach is all tied up in knots over.
Which stones relieve anxiety when trying to sleep?
Anxious thoughts are one of the most common causes of sleep problems. And as the clock ticks on and we still haven’t fallen asleep, the more anxious we get about not sleeping, and the harder sleep becomes - it's a vicious cycle! If you can only pick up one crystal to improve your sleep, make it gentle Lepidolite.
Lepidolite’s properties include calming overactive minds, easing feelings of stress, and creating a sense of security. The stone is also known for its ability to help you access a peaceful dream state during your slumber.
Healing crystals should never be used in place of traditional medical treatment. Use crystals only as a potential compliment and support to other well-being treatments and therapies. Always consult with a licensed medical professional.
Find a collection of our favourite crystals for unwinding and recharging your Zen in our Anxiety Antidote Box.