Modern society is high stress. With rushing between work commitments, family life and social engagements it sometimes feels like we are all living at full speed. Tbh there are times when I feel like I barely have time to draw breath; it’s ‘go, go, go’ from the moment I wake up in the morning until the second my head hits the pillow at the end of the long, long day.
The causes of stress are numerous, but last year a study by the American Psychological Association (APA) concluded that one of the main factors at play could be financial matters. Drawing on a sample of 3,000, researchers noted that three-quarters of participants reported increased stress levels as a direct result of issues relating to money.
It doesn’t take a practising psychologist to realize that, whatever the cause of your stress, it’s important to find a way to deal with it. Otherwise, it can have a catastrophic effect on your physical heath and psychological wellbeing.
As a consequence, more and more of us are seeking ways to calm down and de-stress. There are many different ways to approach stress and anxiety management, but one that has gained considerable popularity in recent years is the carrying or wearing of crystals.
What do crystals do?
Crystals promote energy balance within our bodies. It is thought that they can affect the flow of electromagnetic energy fields which constantly surround and permeate our skin. Some people swear by crystal healing which is a process whereby a practitioner will place crystals on sites of pain, meridians and acupuncture points on our bodies. As the crystals bring energy into our body emotions, glands and organs are brought into balance. Wellbeing is then restored.
Don’t fancy a crystal therapy session? You can still benefit from the use of crystals by wearing or carrying them with you. They can be an effective source of calm if you have a frantic lifestyle. Many celebrities are said to have favourite crystals that they carry with them. It’s well documented that Victoria Beckham carries a black tourmaline crystal in her handbag – it helps her with creative visualization and wards off negativity.
There’s nothing more simple than either wearing a crystal pendant or carrying a small crystal in your handbag. Some choose the one that is also their birthstone – certain crystals have greater power at certain points of the year – each month has several crystals and gemstones associated with it.
If you need a bit of stress relief, take a look at some of the most popular crystals linked to dealing with stress…
Do you find it hard to switch off? Do you have an overactive imagination? Do you create anxieties from nowhere? Smoky Quartz is the crystal for you; it is said to help people overcome their fears.
Sapphire is a birthstone that is associated with healing powers. In particular, it is thought to help suppress negative thoughts and provide clarity in times of mental confusion, anxiety or depression. A sapphire birthstone is widly acknowledged to help the wearer deal with negative feelings, helping them differentiate between what is real and what is a fantasy.
Amethyst is the meditation crystal because it calms the mind. The gentle violet colour of amethyst is calming in itself. It is also said to be good for balancing mood swings and relieving headaches. If you suffer from insomnia, placing an amethyst by your bedside could promote a better sleep cycle.
Malachite is said to help us tune into the healing hues of nature’s greenery. It can soothe the central nervous system and is said to combat depression by promoting feelings of peace and tranquillity.
Turquoise is a popular crystal for anyone suffering from panic attacks as it is highly protective and grounding. It can also stabilize mood swings and may be beneficial for those recovering from a nervous breakdown.
If you find that wearing or carrying a crystal helps you feel calmer, what an effortless way to reduce your stress levels. Even if they don’t provide the calming effect you’re looking for they’re still beautiful objects to have around you and in your home. It’s a win-win; there’s really no harm in testing out the healing power of crystals.