If you’ve been feeling a little depressed lately, you’re not alone. Many people have really been feeling the stress of everything that’s going on in the world, which has led to nearly record rates of depression and anxiety.
For the more metaphysically minded among us, using crystals to help combat those feelings may be one of the ways to help yourself be just a little less sad. CHIJI has all of the information you need to know about what crystals are good for depression, and we have a few creative ideas for how best to use them.
How To Recognize Depression
Unless you’re used to dealing with depression, it can often be written off as just feeling a little sad. While we all feel sad sometimes because it’s just part of the human experience, depression is a whole other animal. Being able to recognize the signs and symptoms of depression can help you be able to act more quickly to make yourself feel better.
Here are a few of the common signs and symptoms of depression, as well as some of the less commonly discussed:
- Feeling anxious, empty, or sad
- Feeling helpless or hopeless over how your life is going
- Feeling guilty about things out of your control
- Feeling worthless
- Being more cranky or irritable than usual
- Noticing a lack of interest in activities that you used to love
- A change in how hungry you feel (losing your appetite entirely or being way more hungry)
- Losing interest in sex
- Having trouble concentrating
- A loss of energy
- Changes in your sleep pattern (sleeping more or having trouble sleeping/staying asleep)
- Physical aches and pains (headache, muscle aches, digestive problems, etc.)
If any of the above sounds like you, you may want to consider whether you may be dealing with depression instead of the blues. Noticing and acknowledging that there is a problem is the first step in working on it.
How Crystals Can Help
Crystals work with the energy that is naturally present in the world, helping to direct it where it needs to go. They are naturals at both transmitting and amplifying energy, essentially. However, a less discussed property of crystals is the fact that they can actually absorb energy, as well. That’s part of what can make them so helpful in helping you deal with depression.
Crystals really are incredibly powerful tools, especially if you know which ones to use and how to use them. Just remember to cleanse them prior to using them. Because they are so good at soaking up energy, they are also good at holding onto it. Cleansing them returns them to a more neutral state before you use them for whatever purpose you need.
Crystals That May Help With Depression
Just like rose quartz works great to attract love, there are certain crystals that are best at helping people cope with many of the signs and symptoms of depression. Learn a little more about them and how they can help before diving into a crystal practice. Often, you’ll find that one really calls to you. Always follow your gut, and work with the crystals that seem to be seeking you out as well.
Smokey quartz is great for depression, especially because it is fairly easily found and usually inexpensive to purchase. The reason that people like this crystal for depression is because it is great at helping lift the mood and increasing feelings of positivity.
If you’re feeling particularly frazzled or feeling weighed down under the stress and pressure of stress and depression, smokey quartz may be the crystal for you. In addition, smokey quartz is well known for being able to help you feel more grounded. That’s likely because it can help to channel excess negative energy, which will flow down through your chakras and out from the root chakra and into the ground.
It is also a calming force that can elevate the mood and help you feel less fear and uncertainty about your life. That can also let you be able to relax a bit so that you can really learn to tolerate and accept your life situation the way that it is.
Another stone that is said to be great for helping people manage their depression is tiger’s eye. The energy it pulls from the earth combines with the energy that it soaks up from the sun and gives it the perfect vibrational energy level. It can both ground and lift at the same time, which is often just what people who are feeling down need.
In addition to its high vibrational energy, tiger’s eye is also known as a protective stone. Specifically, the crystal can help ward off bad, negative energy that may be coming your way from other people. It protects the aura, keeping negativity from being able to get to you as much as it may have been.
And finally, tiger’s eye may be able to help you really be able to feel your own self-worth and self-confidence. When you have more belief in yourself, you’re more able to fight off those little voices that often come with depression that tell you that you’re not enough.
Fluorite is another stone that may be helpful to manage depression. It is a beloved stone for many people, even those who don’t feel depressed, because it can bring a general sense of peace to your life. Who couldn’t use a little bit more peace, right?
The stone vibrates at a higher energy, much like tiger’s eye, helping to purify the environment both inside and outside the body. It also helps to balance out your personal energy - spiritually, mentally, emotionally, and physically.
With fluorite, you can connect more easily with your higher self through your third-eye chakra. With a more open spirit and a great connection to your intuition, you’ll be able to really see the entire picture. Taking a big step back, especially when you’re in the middle of a depressive episode, can really help you refocus and recenter.
How To Use Crystals To Help With Depression
Whether you choose to work with smokey quartz, tiger’s eye, or fluorite, or another crystal that calls to you, what exactly can you do with them to help your depression?
Well, ultimately, the answer to that question is up to you. But we do have a few suggestions that may help you find some inspiration.
We created our crystal sets with issues like this in mind. We created one for Pure Love and Confidence, Protection and Evil Eye, and Abundance and New Beginnings. However, our Peace and Positive Vibes crystal set is the one that we believe is the most helpful for those struggling with depression. It comes with a few different crystals meant to rebalance the energy and help attract more positivity into your life. It even includes a fluorite!
When it comes to working with crystals, you should always do what feels right. Fluorite, because it is helpful to clear out some of the fog that can cloud the third-eye, can be placed directly on the middle of the forehead during meditation. Meditation is powerful all on its own, helping you to live more thoroughly in the moment instead of worrying about the past or the future (neither of which you can control). When you use crystals to heighten that, you’re giving yourself the greatest chance at success.
If you are intimidated by meditation, that’s ok! While meditation and mindfulness are great practices to develop, if you’re not ready for all that, there are other options available. We also included fluorite in our Positive Vibes Crystal Energy Candle. One of the best ways to use it while also giving yourself a little bit of time out for self-care is just to take a bath. Doesn’t get more simple than that, right?
Light your Positive Vibes Crystal Energy Candle and draw yourself a warm bath. Try to minimize distractions as much as possible so that you can exist fully in your own body and get some clarity. The warm, calming scents of lemongrass, orange, lavender, and other spices and herbs will set an atmosphere that helps you radiate more positive energy and clear out any negative vibes that may be surrounding you. Once the candle has burned fully, there is a large piece of fluorite that will remain for you to work with in the future.
CHIJI believes that everyone deserves to live a happy life. Unfortunately, that can be difficult. Most people will go through at least a short period of depression or sadness in their lives, but that doesn’t have to be your entire life. When you learn coping strategies to help, and what crystals are the best for depression, you can take a little bit of control back. Life is unpredictable, but that doesn’t mean you don’t have a say in what happens to you. You have more power than you think.