Which crystals work best for anxiety and panic attacks?
Quite often, alternative healing methods are seen as a last resort. However, crystal healing methods were actually some of the first healing methods to exist! Crystal healing has lasted through ancient civilizations all the way to today’s society for good reason. If it seems like there is no hope, don’t give up before trying crystal healing.
They say ‘there is a crystal for everything’, and the reason for this is that everything on this earth (and universe) vibrates at a particular frequency. When the energy of one thing is out of balance, energy of another thing can bring it back to into balance. Crystals can help bring many illnesses, ailments and conditions back to balance…there literally is a crystal for everything.
We all know that our bodies need energy, energy that comes from food, water, sunlight etc to survive, but the human body also has subtle energies that vibrate outside of the body. This is known as an aura, we all have an aura that surrounds the body, an electromagnetic field that contains this subtle energy. It picks up energy without us even being aware. You know when you can ‘feel’ someone looking at you from behind, you maybe can’t see them because your back is turned but you ‘just know’ they are staring at you? That is your body’s aura picking on ‘vibes’ from around you. We don’t have as much need to hone in on this energy like we used to. Our ancestors would have honed in on this on a daily basis, but threats of being eaten by sabre toothed tigers or similar are thankfully no longer a worry in modern-day life. We rarely rely on these subtle energies so they aren’t as developed as they once were. But it doesn’t mean it isn’t there, it is.
When you are feeling out of balance, placing crystals in your aura/energy field can help counteract imbalances. Each crystal vibrates at a particular frequency, so if you are feeling low or down, a high vibrational crystal will help lift your energy. Likewise, if you are feeling highly strung or anxious, a lower vibrational crystal will help ground you and bring your vibration, your energy back down. Simply carrying particular crystals with you can change your energy and vibration.
So many of us experience anxiety on a regular basis. Statistics suggest that 1 in 4 people in the UK experience mental health problems such as anxiety or panic attacks every year. The cause of anxiety and panic attacks can differ; it may be caused by depression, post traumatic stress disorder, OCD, phobias or something else. Depending on the cause of anxiety, there are different crystals to help. For example, rose quartz is great for healing emotional wounds, for people experiencing turmoil, jade can help bring them peace. For someone dealing with grief, apache tears or smoky quartz can really help. But we’ll look at each crystal in more detail shortly.
Nine out of ten of our thoughts are not useful. We all have unnecessary thoughts , most are at best unfocused, at worst, destructive. When we are anxious, we are living in our heads, we are not in the present moment as we are worrying about the past or the future. When we focus on the here and now, we are in the present, when we connect to the present moment we have nothing to fear. Anxious feeling disperse. We need to learn to let go.
However, this may be easier said than done, especially if you are experiencing anxiety or panic attacks. Panic attacks don’t come in reaction to stressors, they are unprovoked and unpredictable. During a panic attack the individual may be seized with fear or apprehension. They may feel that they’re going to have a heart attack and even die. Physical symptoms may include shortness of breath, pains in their chest, dizziness, or nausea. The individual may start worrying about having the next one. It can become an ongoing vicious circle. Deciding which crystal will work best for your situation, will depend on the cause and the symptoms.
Best crystals for symptoms of anxiety
A good overall crystal for anxiety and panic attacks is fluorite, it literally absorbs negative energy. Try holding a fluorite stone in your hand, focus your breathing, let any negative energy or feelings pass from you to the stone. Fluorite palmstones or thumbstones are excellent for this, but it doesn’t have to be a palmstone or thumbstone, any fluorite stone will work. As soon as you notice panic or anxious thoughts/feelings setting in, hold the crystal in your hand and imagine all the negativity transferring to the stone. You can keep the crystal in your pocket and touch it or hold it when you need to. Fluorite jewellery is great to wear if you are dealing with anxiety; fluorite bracelets or necklaces. As fluorite absorbs negative energy, it is important to cleanse it regularly. I ensure it is thoroughly cleansed by holding it under running water for a few moments and then also smudging it with sage (you don’t need to do both methods but if I have been working with the stone for a while, I prefer to do both to ensure it is fully cleansed). It should be cleansed at least once a week. It also needs charged regularly to keep it working at its best, the easiest method is to place it on a windowsill during a full moon.
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If the cause of anxiety is unknown, there are many crystals that will work well to provide a relief from symptoms. My favourite crystals for use for general anxiety are malachite, citrine and rose quartz.
Malachite is an excellent stone for calming the mind. It increases peaceful and tranquil energies and soothes the nervous system. Like fluorite, it absorbs negativity and transmutes it into positive energy, lifting your spirits and relieving anxiety and even depression.
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Citrine is known as the ‘happy stone’, it carries a warm positive energy, a perfect ‘pick me up’ stone. It is an amazing crystal if you’re going through depression, it will promote a more optimistic attitude and it can help you look forward to the future with positivity and renewed hope.
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Rose quartz, a general all-rounder for healing, rose quartz can be especially good for anxiety and trauma or crisis. It can bring inner healing on many levels, it can transmute internal pain and provide relief from anxiety or despair.
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Lets look at circumstances that may cause anxiety or panic attacks and see which crystals are best to help….
Feeling down –
General feelings of feeling down, possibly mild depression, low energy, negative thought patterns, feelings of worthlessness or similar – jasper, amazonite or chrysocolla can help.
Red jasper – carry jasper closely with you at all times, keep it in your pocket during the day, sleep with it under your pillow at night. Hold it in your hands and concentrate fully on the stone, don’t let your mind wander, keep bringing your attention back to the stone, think about how it feels in your hand, is it hot, cold, heavy, light, do you feel an energy come from it? Focus on the stone. Do this every time you start to feel your thoughts becoming darker.
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Amazonite – a very soothing stone, it soothes emotional trauma and alleviates worries and fears. It calms the nervous system and enhances emotional healing. It is also a good stone to boost communication, this is often difficult if you are feeling feel. Carry or wear amazonite to strengthen your personal power, boost your confidence and lift your mood.
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Chrysocolla – this stone is draws out negativity and replaces it with joy. It relieves mental tension and supplies motivation in those who need it. Place chrysocolla at the base of the spine to balance the flow of energy, often stale energy can cause negative thought patterns. You can also relax breathing by lying down and placing chrysocolla on the throat and on each side of the ribcage, this can be very good for relieving panic attacks.
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If an individual has feelings of anger, anger against others or even towards themselves, smoky quartz, howlite or snowflake obsidian work well. Hold any of the three in your hand for a quick release of angry thoughts and feelings.
Smoky quartz gently calms the mind and helps focus our thoughts. It dissolves contradictions and negative emotions. To dispel stress and anger, hold a stone in each hand and sit quietly for a few minutes.
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Howlite is good for cooling emotions, this is especially good to use to release anger after an argument or disagreement of any kind. Placing howlite in your pocket absorbs your own anger, and any anger that is directed towards you.
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Snowflake obsidian is a stone of purity, it helps balance emotions and releases anger. When you are feeling hopeless, snowflake obsidian can help you regain your confidence and help you see opportunities you may have overlooked to improve your situation. Wearing snowflake obsidian as a necklace or bracelet is excellent at relieving anger.
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If a person is dealing with shock, maybe after the death of a loved one or maybe a traumatic event, tree agate will help ground them and lessen the shock. Place a stone in their hand or even just in their pocket, it will gently bring them round. Tree agate is known for its ability to bring stability in times of strife or confusion. It can open and align the chakras after shock has worn off and an individual is dealing with grief or despair.
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Feeling burdened or overwhelmed by the pressures of life, amethyst can be used to help dissolve this negativity and promote balance and calm. Amethyst is considered a natural tranquilizer, relieving stress and strain. Amethyst also works wonders while you sleep so put under your pillow or on your bedside table. As long as it’s close, it will work to relieve burdens and stress. Amethyst brings emotional stability and inner strength, this stability and strength not only helps us deal with everyday stresses, it helps us overcome emotional baggage that may be weighing us down.
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If an individual is experiencing the loss of a loved one, apache tear or rose quartz would be my recommended crystals.
Apache tear in particular, it is a similar formation to black obsidian but a more gentle energy. It is a strong stone for grounding and protection and can help clear negative emotions. It is believed to carry your tears and hold your sorrow so that you don’t have to carry the burdens of grief and sadness.
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Rose quartz releases emotional stress, and can provide comfort during grief. It is such a nurturing stone, it soothes heartache and emotional pain. It is known as ‘the finest healer’. You can carry rose quartz in your pocket, but it is even better if you can wear it, especially over your heart.
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Panic attacks –
If you are suffering from anxiety in the form of panic attacks, green calcite is the stone for you. Hold green calcite to experience its calming energy, it is believed to bring emotional balance. For use for panic attacks, simply place the crystal in your left hand, and take deep breaths. Imagine your feelings literally leaving you as you concentrate on the crystal. Green calcite is believed to release stress, resentments and anxious feelings and promote emotional balance and relaxation.
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If stress and anxiety are caused by addictions, lepidolite can help. Lepidolite is good for stress and depression related conditions, and even addictions. Working with lepidolite can help release you from negative behavior patterns that are perhaps holding you back. Carry lepidolite with you everyday, meditate with it in the morning and evening, every time you feel the urge to continue with old habits (whether it is smoking cigarettes, drinking too much alcohol, gambling, shopping, negative thinking etc…), touch the crystal, hold it in your hand, and remind yourself why you have chosen to give up your bad habit. The crystal will encourage new positive energy to flow and help release you from your addictions.
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When you are depressed, your vibration is extremely low, everything feels like hard work, even getting out of bed can seem too difficult. What you need is a crystal that vibrates at a high vibration; this will lift your vibration and raise your energy levels and allow you face your difficulties. There are loads of high vibe crystals that can help, it may be worth trying more than one to see what works best for you. Here are a few of my favourites:
Celestite – this is a high vibration crystal, but it is a very gentle energy. I love celestite! It is uplifting and powerful. Celestite can bring deep peace and harmony when you are stressed out . It’s great for calming strong emotions and soothing emotional conflict. It really is beautiful and I am told that it really helps depression!
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Lapiz Lazuli – another one of my favourite crystals, this high vibe crystal has a unique energy that is great for depression. It helps clear emotional baggage that may be holding you back. Lapiz Lazuli is great for calming the mind while allowing you to keep your feet firmly on the ground. It is a powerful mood lifter, keep it with you at all times while you are battling depression. Lapis Lazuli can help you to become more conscious of negative thought patterns, so that it is possible to address them and make the required changes to help you to heal, release and progress.
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Carnelian – this crystal is full of life force and positive energy! It is particularly good at combating sluggishness caused by depression, it will restore motivation and give you the courage you need to carry on. It is powerful against resentment and anger and dispels negativity. Carnelian warms and energizes the body and soul, gently lifting you out of depression. It can even be effective for overcoming abuse of any kind. Carnelian activates the base and sacral chakras. It works best if you can wear it or carry it close to you, a pendent would be great or you could even wear it on a belt buckle. You can also lie with carnelian placed on these chakras for a few minutes each day. This high energy stone will stabilise you whilst restoring vitality, an excellent crystal for depression.
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Mookaite – a very soothing stone, this is a good crystal to work with after depression, as it can help build self-esteem and confidence. It can encourage you keep calm and find balance by promoting flexibility in thought. Mookaite carries an earthy groundedness that provides stability. Carry it near the hips, perhaps in your pocket, for balance and patience.
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There are so many crystals that can help with anxiety and panic attacks. As with anything in life, what works for one person won’t work for another. I would recommend that you work with only one crystal at a time in the beginning though, it is easier to see what is working for you and what isn’t. Keep a journal, note which crystal you are using and if you think it is having any effect, you can then look back over the week and see what is helping and whether you need to try another crystal.
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