There is in fact, an entire category of crystals and stones dedicated to relieving stress and easing anxiousness. They're fittingly known as calming stones. To be specific these are stones that "settle the spirit down," according to co-founder of holistic lifestyle brand Energy Muse and author of Crystal Muse, Heather Askinosie. "These stones connect with our energy field in a way that helps us to cleanse and get centered," she says.
Part of the reason anxiety and stress can be so consuming, draining, and seemingly inescapable is because of the cycle of spiraling that often ensues. Askinosie says that "tuning into the energy of a calming crystal inhibits thought spirals before they crash." Simply having a physical object that you create a sense of ritual around can help your mind focus on something else. Below, Askinosie explains which crystals—generally, ones that are blue-hued and connected to the third eye energy center—make ideal calming stones.
Here are 7 calming and stress-relieving stones
Known as "the intuitive eye," amethyst is a purple crystal you can find in abundance. If it seems to show up in every other Instagram influencer's home, it's likely because of its reputation for relaxing energy.
"Amethyst fuses with the crown and third eye chakras to send peaceful vibes straight to where you need them" Askinosie explains. "Not only will it relax the mind, it also brings clarity so that you can better understand whatever situation may be causing stress."
"Celestite is a high-vibrational stone that blasts away those chaotic thoughts that keep you from attaining a clear headspace," says Askinosie. Far beyond its soothing blue hue, celestite is believed to connect to your third eye, heart, and crown energy centers—a trifecta that encourages "the highest realms of serenity," she explains.
The overwhelmingly soothing energy of celestite facilitates intuition and communication, which in turn create a sense of safety and calmness, allowing you to let go of your fears and give in to release.
The main reason fluorite is a popular crystal is because it's commonly associated with balance and clarity. When you're under duress, the purple-and-greenish blue stone can be helpful, as it's thought to replace negativity with a rational and clear mindset.
When your mind is racing or beginning to spiral, Askinosie suggests holding and concentrating on a piece of fluorite to cut through the chaos. This may allow yourself to identify and address the root of the problem. Fluorite can help you gain perspective on your situation, which should ease the feeling of being overwhelmed.
4. Black tourmaline
Askinosie says that while amethyst, celestite, and fluorite are the "rock stars" of calming stones, one that tends to fly under the radar is black tourmaline. "It’s thought of as a protection stone, but that’s actually what makes black tourmaline an effective crystal for calming," she says. "Black tourmaline helps you build up boundaries between yourself and the situations, thoughts, or people that weigh negatively on your energy." When you're able to cleanse and protect yourself from these influences and sources of negative energy, you can make space for calmness, clarity, and centeredness.
The name of this stone is no accident—the energy of angelite helps you remember that you're not alone in the world. Using it as a touchstone can help you relieve stress, anger, and tension.
6. Blue lace agate
A stone that looks like a physical incarnation of the ocean, blue lace agate is immediately visually soothing. It's also known to have an especially strong ability to calm the mind. To make the most of the stone's power, Askinoise says to hold it in your hands, close your eyes, and take three deep breaths.
Lepidolite is a stone best used right before you go to sleep. Askinosie says this crystal can calm an overactive mind, help you find peace even in moments of stress, and allow you to access your dream state while sleeping.
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