Recently studies have shown that short term stress—like working overnight to complete a project (hello college), a minor car accident, or an argument with a loved one—actually boosts your immune system.
Conversely, long term stress—stress that you feel almost constantly due to work, a relationship, or an illness—has a significant effect on the immune system that can ultimately lead to all kinds of health issues and disease.
The good news is the majority of the stress we feel in life can be minimized through various methods, such as exercise, meditation, acupuncture, spending time in nature, listening to calming music, or consciously breathing. These methods can shift stress in ways that even the best pharmaceuticals cannot (and without all the undesirable side effects...)
Additionally, there are some WONDERFUL crystals you can use to alleviate stress. Because of their crystalline structure and physical make up these crystals can be beacons of peace and calm for you as you walk through this very stressful world.
CRYSTALS FOR STRESS RELIEF
BLACK ONYX FOR STRESS RELIEF
The ultimate stress reliever, Black Onyx is an incredible stone for cleansing your heart, mind, body, and soul and then protecting you from ongoing negative, outside influences. It's a real one, two punch to stressors. The number one go-to when you are feeling overwhelmed and negative.
LEPIDOLITE FOR INNER PEACE
Lepidolite actually contains lithium, which is a mood stabilizer, and while you shouldn't ever ingest Lepidolite, holding it in your hands will naturally activate your body's calm response. It works with your nervous system to get it back in check when it's been triggered. Carrying Lepidolite in your pocket is a great way to work with this stone. When you touch it, you can feel the softness and calm it offers immediately.
ROSE QUARTZ FOR LOVE
Rose Quartz is all about experiencing unconditional love. So often stress comes from our unreasonable expectation of ourselves and others. Leaning into Rose Quartz soothes the soul and spirit and acts as a reminder that you are enough and you are worthy. Just holding a Rose Quartz will bring your breathing and blood pressure down.
AMETHYST FOR HEALING
Amethyst is known as the universal healer. Its beautiful, calm, purple hue helps to pull you in, breathe more deeply, and create calm in the face of chaos. It's amazing at relaxing the mind—and when the mind is relaxed, the body will follow.
QUARTZ CRYSTAL FOR BALANCE
Because harmony is the main energetic of Quartz Crystal, it can help you align your mind, body, spirit, soul, and chakras. This alignment or harmonization will help alleviate stress all the way around. As a human, your body has a natural rhythm that stress throws off. Use Quartz Crystal to put everything back to its original order, and you'll feel the stress melt away.
SHUNGITE FOR PROTECTION
Not only does Shungite protect you with fullerenes it naturally contains to block radiation, it also acts as an anxiety reliever. Its unique crystalline structures lends itself perfectly to soothe as it attracts peace and tranquility to your being.
BLUE LACE AGATE FOR CONFIDENCE
Blue Lace Agate will help you to talk through what you're experiencing and open a way for the stress to be relieved through deep understanding. Additionally it facilitates confidence, optimism, positive thinking, and unwavering intent. It aids in the clear expression of thoughts and feelings and allows for the release of traumas.
SODALITE FOR CONFIDENCE
Sodalite is a wonderful stone to use to bring balance into your life. If you're working too much and playing too little, Sodalite will help you find the right percentage of both so that your happy times will boost the times when you're stressed out. It's also wonderful for encouraging self esteem, self love, and self trust. When these things are in place usually your stress level goes down because you don't have to hustle to prove anything to anyone.