7 Crystals for Reducing Stress
Although for some people, stressful situations and tension can help them perform under pressure, many people can become overwhelmed by stress to a point where it is negatively affecting their life. Stress causes physical changes that are designed to help the body cope with difficult or dangerous situations. These changes include an increase in heart rate and breathing, sweating and muscle tension. Once the danger has passed, the body returns to its normal state.
However, if someone experiences constant stress—even if it seems minor—the body can stay in this tense state. This can negatively affect a person’s emotional, mental and physical health and cause issues such as feeling anxious, overwhelmed or irritable, having difficulty concentrating and making decisions, or other symptoms such as headaches, changes in appetite and trouble sleeping. Stress can also lead to changes in behaviour and relating to others. A stressed person may seem constantly distracted, be angry and snap at others easily or become upset over even the smallest thing. If stress continues to build upon a person over a long period, there can be a risk of them developing stress-related illnesses such as high blood pressure, migraines and anxiety or depression.
It can be hard to avoid stress in life, and it can be the case that a person does not realise how much of an impact stress is having on their life. They may not notice their behaviour changing and may simply doing whatever is needed to get through their days. Although stress may not be avoidable, there are many ways to help reduce stress levels and the negative impact that it has on a person.
These include mindfulness, breathing techniques for relaxation, eating well, exercising and taking a break when possible, even if it is only for a short time. Crystal healing can also help in reducing stress levels and in supporting people through stressful times. For example, crystals can be used to relieve tension, reduce irritability and soothe emotions. One example is using amethyst to ease tension headaches.
This crystal has a high water content which helps to make it a very effective energy conductor. It has a calming effect on the emotions and can be used to release mental blockages and negative thought patterns and in reducing stress. Apophyllite helps in overcoming fears, anxiety and worries. This is a calming and grounding stone for the spirit and aids us in coping with uncertainly. Green apophyllite is connected to the heart chakra and is a useful stone for support in making any decisions regarding matters of the heart.
This stone is formed from fossilised algae and is a good choice for supporting your through times of change and evolution. It can help you in learning from your experiences and in becoming for flexible in life. Stromatolite aids in releasing old and no longer useful mental and emotional programming. This is an excellent crystal for using in combination with meridian based tapping therapies such as EFT.
This crystal can be used in helping the heart understand painful feelings and experiences without shutting down. It can improve feelings of self-worth, encourages a positive attitude and helps to reduce emotional stress. Rhodochrosite can help to ease feelings of depression and may help to lower blood pressure.
4. Blue Tiger's Eye
This variety of tiger’s eye is found in shades of mid to dark blue and has grey or greenish bands. It is also known as hawk’s eye or falcon’s eye. Blue tiger’s eye can be used in reducing stress, calming anxiety and increasing your ability to relax. It can help you gain deeper insight into your experiences and understand why they are happening and how to move forward. This crystal is a useful stone for anyone who struggles with uncertainly in life and is a good choice for calming short or fiery tempers. Blue tigers eye may help ease the symptoms of depression and lower blood pressure.
This crystal can be found in several colours including pink, golden yellow and blue. It enhances courage, calms the mind and helps in reducing stress. This crystal is useful for people who find they become overstimulated in everyday life and will help in filtering distractions. Beryl can be used to help reduce overthinking as it helps you to see what needs to be done and removes any unnecessary details or steps. Pink beryl (also known as morganite) in particular is excellent for people who lead stressful lives. It resonates with the heart chakra and helps to calm the nervous system. It is a powerful aid in dissolving conscious and unconscious blocks that can stop you moving forward in life and lead to feeling as if you are a victim in your life happenings.
This is a rarer crystal and so may be more expensive than others. However it is an excellent crystal for support through times of stress and emotional turmoil. It helps to create a peaceful space and to reduce fear. This is a beneficial crystal for people who find it hard to ask for or accept help when it is offered and feel stressed and burdened by having to do everything. Cacoxenite encourages you to see the positives in life even when everything seems against you.
Moonstone has a strong connection to the moon and is known as a stone of new beginnings. It calms the emotions and reminds us that everything is part of the never ending cycle of change. This crystal has a gentle, feminine energy that can soothe emotional instability and the effects of stress in day to day life. It encourages hope and sensitivity and helps to prevent us overreacting to events and situations in life. Moonstones energy can help to make transitions easier and less stressful and is a good choice for anyone who wishes to reflect on their past and learn from it.
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