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Known since ancient times for their healing power, crystals can play an important role in coping with loneliness, isolation and grief.
The number of people experiencing different kinds of emotional pain has increased over the last year, as people have had to learn to cope with loneliness, isolation and grief. According to a recent KFF Health Tracking Poll, four in 10 adults in the US experienced symptoms of anxiety and depression last year. Stress and worry cause 36 percent of adults to have sleeping problems and 32 percent have experienced difficulty with proper eating. Looking after your mental wellness is essential, especially during trying times. Finding positive ways to process those negative feelings should be a priority, and while counseling can help, alternative healing methods, such as meditation and using crystals, can also be beneficial to help you feel happier and more at ease. Here are some of the best crystals to use to heal your heart, mind and soul, and how they work to give you better emotional health.
How Do Crystals Work?
Crystals have been the focus of recent fashion, health and wellness trends. Celebrities like Victoria Beckham, Anya Taylor-Joy, and Bretman Rock are known to use crystals in their daily lives, but people’s fascination with crystals dates back thousands of years. The use of talismans began as early as 10,000 years ago, and amber beads were discovered in Britain during the end of the last ice age. Later on, it was discovered that the Ancient Sumerians used crystals in magic potions and formulas, while the Ancient Egyptians used gemstones like turquoise, quartz, and emerald for protection and health.
But how exactly do gemstones and crystals work to heal a person who’s experiencing physical health problems or emotional pain? Crystals are a unique molecular formation, particularly conducive to storing energy at specific frequencies. Since crystals come from the earth, we believe that they can help to tap into the earth’s natural healing energies. And since the human body has physical, spiritual, emotional, and mental energy flowing through it, crystals can organize that energy towards better health. Each gemstone and crystal has a unique effect on the body, mind, and emotions, and can be used to create certain physical and emotional benefits.
To Boost Happiness
The year 2020 saw a global decline in happiness, with a survey revealing that only 11 percent of people across the globe said that they were ‘really happy’. There are various ways to feel happier, such as engaging in a hobby or reconnecting with friends and family. Crystals are also an easy way to uplift your mood and keep you in a positive state of mind.
Some crystals can help to boost feelings of happiness and contentment, and one good example of this is turquoise. This lovely, blue-green gemstone can help to banish negative or toxic energy in your environment, allowing you to feel happier and more positive. Meanwhile, citrine can bring joy and enthusiasm to your life. This sunshine yellow stone can also help to reduce fear and help enhance optimism and motivation.
To Reduce Anxiety and Depression
Crystals that promote feelings of calm, as well as those that can help to shield you from emotional negativity, can help to reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression. The smoky quartz is one of the most powerful healing and purifying stones, and it can soothe fear and anxiety, as well as helping to keep you motivated when you’re coping with depression. Meanwhile, lepodite, which is a lilac-colored crystal, can help in coping with depression by increasing self-confidence and awakening your ability to self-care. Tiger’s eye is also an amazing crystal that enables you to release anxiety and insecurity, as it awakens optimism and dynamism.
How to use crystals
Experts say that the best way to use crystals is to carry them with you at all times. The more contact that you have with your crystal, the more receptive you are to its healing qualities. One easy way to use crystals is to carry them in your pocket. You can also have them made into jewelry, such as a bracelet or a necklace. If you’re carrying several crystals, you could place them inside a small pouch, and put the pouch inside your pocket — this is a safer way to carry multiple stones. For a relaxing soak, try placing your crystals in the bath. Water can amplify the healing benefits of your crystal, but make sure to do your research on crystals that can’t get wet, since water may cause them to degrade. Some crystals that you should never put in the water include turquoise, fire opal, and amber.
A Personal Story of Healing
In 2016, I had the painful experience of losing the loved one who mattered to me the most. But instead of taking the time to grieve, I swallowed my emotions and robotically went on living my life, thinking that I was going to be okay. I eventually realized that I was depressed after I had a sudden crying fit while folding the laundry. I felt like I was drowning in my negative feelings, until a friend gifted me a turquoise pendant for my birthday. I thought that she gave me the beautiful aqua-colored stone because it was my birthstone, but later, she told me that she chose it because it may help me put words to my feelings.
I was skeptical at first, but soon enough, I found myself opening up more, and I even sought counseling to treat my depression. Later, I found out that turquoise is called ‘the stone of communication’, and knowing more about this gem — as well as its positive effect on me — encouraged me to look for more crystals to enhance my wellbeing. Today, apart from the turquoise pendant that I still wear, I also have a citrine that I carry in my pocket to boost my mood, and I wear a rose quartz bracelet to promote feelings of self-love and increase my self-worth. Having these crystals with me gives me a feeling of empowerment, and wearing them everyday reminds me that I love myself and that I’m worth it.
Sometimes life is hard, stress and sadness can overtake and overwhelm us. The use of crystals is an easy way to channel and release some of that energy. Consider using crystals to boost happiness, reduce anxiety and depression, and improve your overall quality of life.
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