If you're like the rest of us earthlings, chances are you have some really good days, some so-so days, and the occasional doozy of a day... And those bad days can trigger some pretty uncomfortable thoughts and emotions.
It turns out that this is the way it’s been for thousands of years.
Explore any ancient spiritual discipline and you will find that they all address the notion of anxiety, stress, and inner conflict. In almost every religion or wisdom tradition, you will find one truth that goes something like this:
The path to peace and enlightenment is not about changing your reality or circumstances. It is in learning how to release the negative feelings of fear and anxiety that are weighing you down.
Anxiety likely operates within just about every one of us in some way during these turbulent times.
We all have these moments of intense discomfort from time to time, and some of us experience them every day. It seems like anxiety is at an all-time high right now. With all the terrifying news headlines and violence in the world, it can be hard to find inner harmony.
What many of us might not know is that Mother Nature is rich with offerings to help us release stress, anxiety, fear, and even trauma.
For instance, we can rely on help from the power of crystals to ground us when the going gets tough.
Crystals have an energy field that interacts with our own to absorb negative energy and amplify higher vibrations.
We’ve tagged our top 10 picks of gemstones that have been used throughout the ages to soothe the soul when life gets “lifey.”
Ask any crystal healer for a stone they’d recommend for anxiety; amethyst is likely at the top of their list. This soothing purple stone is widely used for insomnia and nightmares and can help settle your thoughts so you can get a good night’s sleep.
The deeply cleansing, balancing stone can help clear the monkey mind. This beautiful purple gemstone also promotes calm, clarity, and relaxation to relieve stress.
This beautiful Aquamarine gem is a stone of courage. Its calming energies reduce stress and quiet the mind. Aquamarine has an affinity with sensitive people.
Originally believed to be frozen moonlight, moonstones are very calming crystals that connect to the Third Eye, Solar Plexus, and Heart chakras.
#4 Rose Quartz
This pretty pink crystal is associated with love, compassion, and self-care. It helps us make decisions based on love, not anxiety and fear.
#5 Black Tourmaline
Count on this powerful gemstone to cleanse the mind of negative chatter that creates tension and stress. This gemstone is also known to bring a deep sense of balance and stability. Black Tourmaline is also highly protective, which can be a source of comfort.
#6 Lava Stone
While it may come from the earth’s most energetic spot, Lava Stone is actually one of the most grounding crystals for anxiety. It can immediately mop up bad energy, giving you the balance to channel inner positivity.
Stay grounded and tuned in to the earth’s natural frequencies with the help of Hematite. Hematite is a powerhouse at soaking up bad energies.
#8 Smokey Quartz
Often our anxieties can come from a fear-based place. Use Smokey Quartz to ignite your inner strength and find the courage to face your day with power.
Opal is almost a quick fix for the soul. Known for reducing stress, anxiety, and depression, this powerful gemstone can seem to bring on an instant calm.
#10 Lapis Lazuli
This beautiful blue gemstone helps connect you to your higher truth and is a go-to remedy for anxiety.
How To Use Crystals To Calm And Soothe
Setting intentions is an important step in working with gemstones for healing purposes. Using words of affirmation or intention can also have a positive effect on your well-being, so you can incorporate these while working with your gems.
One of the easiest ways to utilize the power of these stress-busting gems is simply to wear them in the form of jewelry. Gemstone jewelry is also attractive, and is an ideal way to “never let them see you sweat.”
At work, keep the crystals next to your computer, and at home, place them throughout the space.
Keep some tumbled stones in your pocket or bag when you’re out and about.
Tuck them under your pillow for a good night’s sleep. It’s an easy way to ease the monkey mind.