It's no secret that we live in a time where anxiety and depression is at an all time high. From social media addictions heavily rooted in FOMO, to living increasingly isolated lives with limited personal interactions due to evolving technologies, to challenging socio-political situations all over the world, many people struggle with anxiety and depression on a daily basis.
Some simple ways to help keep mild to moderate anxiety and depression at bay include starting daily rituals such as meditation, yoga and breath work. These activities have a powerful effect on the parasympathetic nervous system which tells your body and mind to "rest and digest".
One effective breathing technique that can quickly calm an overactive mind is to simply inhale for a count of 3 or more and exhale for double the amount of time. The prolonged exhalation has been shown to have a stimulating effect on the vagus nerve which in turn sets your parasympathetic nervous system into motion.
There are also several gemstones that are known for their anti-anxiety and uplifting qualities to assist the wearer in their battle to keep a calm, clear mind and positive attitude. Here are our top stones to help combat anxiety and depression:
Amazonite is well-known for helping to alleviate stress and anxiety. Its calming energy supports a confident and courageous disposition. It is also great for aiding communication, encouraging creativity and bringing prosperity to the wearer. It is also known to protect against electromagnetic pollution. View our amazonite styles here.
Pyrite is known as a stone of action, vitality and will. It relieves anxiety and diffuses frustration, while also promoting positive energy and protecting the wearer against negativity. Pyrite also supports confidence and promotes persistence. Check out our pyrite offerings here.
3. Smoky Quartz
Smoky quartz is one of our essential stones because it has great properties to assist everyone in their daily lives. One of those properties is its anti-anxiety energies as well as its ability to encourage positivity and remove negativity. Smoky quartz is also very grounding, centering and calming, helping one achieve a steady, quiet mind. Find our smoky quartz pieces here.
Another throat chakra stone, similar to amazonite, aquamarine also has anxiety busting qualities. Known for its calming energy, aquamarine supports a quiet mind, clarifies perception and sharpens the intellect. It is known for its ability to support verbal self-expression and spiritual communication. Aquamarine is also a protection stone for travelers, expectant mothers and babies. See our extensive aquamarine collection here.
Another one of our essential stones, labradorite is wonderful for suppressing that mental chatter and calms an overactive mind. It is also a great stone for supporting one through times of change and transformation. Labradorite imparts strength and perseverance and stimulates the imagination. View all of our labradorite styles here.
Beautiful, marbled howlite is a best-seller for its gorgeous neutral tones and its soothing, calming energies. Howlite aids relaxation due to stress and anxiety and decreases an overly critical mind, anger & selfishness. It is also known for aiding communication and easing confrontations by encouraging subtlety and tact. It is also a supportive stone for creativity. Check out all of our howlite styles here.
Amethyst is known for easing anxiety and encouraging a still mind. It calms angry temperaments while enhancing creativity, imagination and passion. It is also known as a stone of comfort for the terminally ill or those grieving the loss of a loved one. See our amethyst styles here.
8. Red Garnet
Red garnet is a stone of positive thoughts. It is said to help dispel and relieve depression and is used to overcome crisis and trauma. A balancing and stabilizing stone, red garnet also supports regeneration and vitality. Browse our red garnet collection here.
Pink tourmaline is known to encourage positivity while tempering depression and obsession. Drawing on the energy of Universal Love, pink tourmaline supports a passion for love and life and heals the emotional heart. This stone also promotes lively & sociable attitude and has protective qualities. View our pink tourmaline pieces here.
10. Grey QuartzLastly, grey quartz removes negativity while stimulating positive thoughts and feelings. This stone increases awareness and clarity in thinking, enhances one's energy and encourages perseverance and patience. See our grey quartz styles here.