What is a worry stone?
A worry stone is a small crystal or gemstone about 3cm long with an indent in the middle. It can be used by rubbing the thumb back and forth to help soothe the mind.
Used in folk practice, worry stones have many different origins. They were used in ancient Greece, and Ireland as well as in Native American tribes. In most cultures, the idea originated by finding a stone smoothed by running fresh water and fiddling with it to ease a busy mind.
You can keep a worry stone in your pocket and use it whenever you feel comfortable, but here are some times we use it most:
- During a difficult conversation
- In a work meeting
- While on a mental health walk
- During meditating
- While reading a book
Sometimes used along with Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, worry stones help ground us during anxious times. They can also help to displace some destructive coping mechanisms such as nail biting, scratching and lip biting.
As a grounding strategy, you can rub your worry stone and say affirmations aloud or to yourself. Our affirmations of choice are:
I am Loved
I am safe and in control
As I breathe I am calm and relaxed
I am capable of solving any problems that face me
I give myself permission to feel this way without judgment
I am trying my best and that is enough
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One of the most popular stones used to help relieve social anxiety, Lapis Lazuli is believed to reduce anger and negative thoughts. It is said to aid in self-awareness so that communication will come more naturally and calmly.
Believed to purify and open the heart to promote love, self-love, friendship, deep inner healing and feelings of peace, Rose Quartz makes the perfect worry stone. It can be used to help restore trust and harmony in relationships.
Used in times of change, the Labradorite is believed to aid with focus and reaching our goals. Because of this, it allows us to tap into our imagination, creativity and bringing about new ideas. Labradorite is also great for connecting to the elements and therefore makes a perfect worry stone to use during meditation.
Said to help with self-esteem, self-worth and self-acceptance, Sodalite is a great worry stone for those who struggle with self-confidence. It is also believed to help with intuition and trust in our own judgment.
A favourite worry stone for those with anxiety, Amethyst is said to help provide peace, balance and tranquillity. It is a stone of serenity and can be used to help rid our body of fear and anxiety and bring about strength and stability.