The Benefits of Worry Stones
Have you ever wonder about Worry Stones?
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Worry stones have been around for centuries, and for good reason. These compact rocks couldn't be easier to keep on hand, ready to grab whenever worry should strike. They're wonderful when you're feeling stressed, soothing to the touch, and an excellent addition to your self-care routine. Curious to learn more? Here's everything you need to know about worry stones.
How to use a Worry Stone:
To use a worry stone, you hold it in either hand between your index finger and thumb and rub the pad of your thumb across the indented surface. It's a form of self-soothing that many people find genuinely does relieve anxiety. The object of worry stones is to rub the thumbprint back and forth as a way to calm the mind.
What is a worry stone?
A worry stone is a small, smooth stone (often made from a crystal or gemstone) that is shaped like an oval and has a thumb-shaped indentation.
What are the benefits?
Recognizing Anxiety Levels
If you have a worry stone, the amount that you use it may be related to how much anxiety you're feeling. In one research study aimed at finding out about engagement with therapy, worry stones were used during therapy to gauge the participant's levels of anxiety as a part of the therapeutic sessions. This technique can be used in any therapy session. You can also use this technique yourself. Just take notice of how much you're using your worry stone to get an idea of how much and how often you're feeling anxious.
Muscle tension can come from physical or psychological stress. Rubbing a worry stone can help relieve tension in your hands by working the muscles involved. Also, through its calming action, a worry stone can help relieve muscle tension in other parts of your body if it's caused by psychological stress.
Coping With Stress
Stress is an almost constant companion of modern people everywhere. Life is hectic, schedules must be kept, and relationships can be complex and difficult to manage. A worry stone can benefit you if you're dealing with stress on a regular basis. It doesn't take you away from the tasks you need to complete; instead, you can use your worry stone and continue to work toward your goals and complete day-to-day tasks.
History and Cultural Uses
While the exact history of the worry stone is unclear, it is believed that the earliest examples were used in ancient Greece and in the Fertile Crescent. Examples of these stones have been found in mounds and ruins of these civilizations. The earliest worry stones were likely created in water, where the water shaped the stone into a flat rock.
A number of cultures have used or continue to use worry stones as a self-soothing mechanism. Some cultures with a history and practice of worry stone use include the following:
People of Tibet rubbed flat stones as they chanted mantras.
Celtic people rubbed flat pieces of Connemara marble to ease worry.
Native North American cultures used them to ease worry and passed them down as treasured heirlooms through generations.
What are the best healing crystals for stress and anxiety?”
- Amethyst 'the Anxiety Alleviator'
- Rhodonite 'the Releaser'
- Citrine 'the Composer'
- Moonstone 'the Mellow'
- Rose Quartz 'the Relisher'
- Celestite 'the Celestial'