Lepidolite is a beautiful stone that is said to cure anxiety. If you’re new to this site (welcome!), I do not advocate using crystals in place of traditional medication, therapy, or other physical treatment. I think crystals are fantastic and can serve many purposes, but I do not believe any singular thing can cure anxiety.
I was frustrated when researching Lepidolite, because I really wanted to do a traditional experiment with it. Typically, I work with a crystal for a week, then report my results, if any. Since Lepidolite is said to “cure” anxiety, I didn’t want to do a traditional experiment, knowing it would not work. It just seemed like a waste of a week.
So, rather than my traditional Results post, I decided to write about 7 ways to help alleviate (not cure) anxiety. These are science-based, and I’ve also tried them myself and can advocate for them. Hopefully they will help you!
This is Part 2 of a two-part series on Lepidolite. I wrote about the facts and history about it here, if you want to check that out.
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If you’re curious about my own anxiety, here is my history in a nutshell:
I was diagnosed with Panic Disorder in 2018. I woke up one morning and couldn’t breathe. My heart was racing, the room was spinning, I threw up in my bedroom garbage can. I called 911 and told them I thought I might be having a heart attack, and by the way I’m a Type 1 Diabetic.
Paramedics arrived quickly and monitored my heart rate. I didn’t see what it was, but the EMTs urged me to go to the ER. I agreed and rode in the ambulance, apologizing for wasting their time. It felt stupid; there were probably people who needed this ambulance way more than me. Still, I was slightly concerned that I may be dying.
After spending the night in the hospital, I was discharged with a diagnosis of Panic Disorder and a prescription for Xanax. I still have this prescription, but I only take it “as needed,” meaning whenever my heart feels like it’s about to explode.
The difference between General Anxiety and Panic Disorder is that PD isn’t really triggered by anything, whereas General Anxiety tends to have specific triggers. I was later diagnosed with GA by a therapist, so it’s fun that I have both. Talking about panic attacks is actually one of my triggers, so I’m going to wrap this up before I need to chemically numb my brain.
The following ideas are not meant to be medical advice, nor is anything else on this site! Please use your own best judgement and speak to your doctor before trying anything. These are simply ideas to help you manage your anxiety, along with tips to incorporate Lepidolite if you choose.
Day 1 – Unraveling Your Brain
One technique about journaling for anxiety I’ve learned: Write all of your anxieties down first thing in the day. Doing this is supposed to remove them from your brain.
I also found this post with 29 anxiety prompts. Here are 30 more anxiety prompts. A lot of these tend to repeat across several sites, but I recommend re-doing the prompt if it comes up. I’ve noticed my answers vary wildly depending on the day, my anxiety level, etc.
That link also contains other prompts for gratitude, inspiration, etc. Those can be helpful for anxiety as well when you don’t want to write specifically about my anxiety.
Here are 60 anxiety prompts. The point: There are a TON of journaling prompts out there.
Does journaling cure anxiety? No. But it helps me a lot to write all of my anxious thoughts down to get them out of my head. It also helps to read old worries and see that they either didn’t happen at all, or I was able to handle whatever it was just fine.
Journal with Lepidolite on your desk. It’s pretty and will be a nice paperweight.
Day 2 – Best, Worst, Most Likely
This is a tip I just learned in therapy. I’ve always thought my anxiety makes me fixate on the worst possible scenario at all times. However, this isn’t actually true. My anxious thoughts usually include things like “I’m going to embarrass myself at this party,” “I’m not doing a good job at work,” or “no one is going to read my stupid blog.”
This method of thinking involves examining the best case, worst case, and most likely scenario. So, let’s use this blog as an example.
Best Case Scenario: My blog is beloved by all, I’m a Top 10 Blogger, I make millions of dollars blogging.
Worst Case Scenario: My blog is universally hated, I’m well-known for being a shitty writer and I’m a joke.
Most Likely Scenario: My blog has a decent amount of followers who enjoy my content, we have a good relationship, I make some side income with it here and there.
This is helpful because I’m able to see that the “worst case” isn’t that no one is going to read it. I’d rather no one read it than be hated by everyone. So my anxiety isn’t even helpful in this situation, nor is it most likely.
Try this with your anxiety. See if it helps! Also, wear Lepidolite while doing it? I don’t know.
Day 3 – Therapy
Listen, I have to mention this. I know mental healthcare is hard to come by and therapy isn’t for everyone. Still, if you haven’t tried, or haven’t made a good faith effort, I’m encouraging you to try again.
First, start with your health insurance if you have any. You may find a counselor who takes your insurance. If not, or if you don’t have insurance, search for low-cost options in your area. There are also websites for virtual therapy such as Growing Self and Better Help. I’ve had success with both and I’m currently with Better Help.
It takes an average of 7 therapists to find the right one (I can’t find the statistics to back this up, but I heard it somewhere and it seems legit). Please don’t give up.
If none of this works for you, or if it isn’t an option, I recommend looking into group therapy. These are often free and based on specific conditions (AA, for example, or Codependents Anonymous). If you have social anxiety like me, there are online meetings you can attend.
I really think people write off therapy too soon, though. They try it once or twice, don’t like it, then write it off and never go back. Please remember that it takes a while. Please keep trying to find someone if you have the ability.
Wear Lepidolite to therapy sessions. Use Lepidolite as a visual reminder to keep looking for a good therapist.
Day 4 – Meds
Again, I have to mention this. A lot of people don’t consider meds or are adamantly against them. Let’s just keep an open mind and explore, okay?
I have a Xanax prescription for my panic attacks. I do not take them every day or regularly. I’m just stating this so you know my potential bias on the issue. For me, Xanax works and it works well. I have never tried any other anti-anxiety prescription, but I’ve tried other things we can discuss.
Mental healthcare is weird because a regular therapist, counselor or psychologist cannot prescribe medication. However, your therapist can refer you to a psychiatrist, who can work in tandem with your therapist to prescribe medications.
You can also talk with your regular doctor! Did you know your general practitioner can write you prescriptions for psychiatric medications? Try speaking with them if you haven’t!
Aside from prescriptions, there are other medications available. CBD or hemp oil are a commonly acclaimed solution:
Passion Flower is said to reduce stress as a natural alternative:
There are plenty of other over-the-counter vitamins or supplements geared toward stress. While I have tried almost all of them, I haven’t personally had a lot of results. However, I know a lot of these need to be taken for a long time to build up in your system. I never remember to take vitamins, so maybe I haven’t tried well enough.
I also need to caution you to please not self-experiment with potentially harmful substances. You know what I’m talking about. You also know if I’m talking to you. Please get help if you need it. I’ve been there and I’m telling you, it only gets worse and you will regret it.
The bottom line: There are plenty of medication options, and they may or may not help you. I would suggest talking with your therapist if you have one, or your regular doctor if you don’t. If you don’t have either, try one of the supplements, but don’t expect miracles.
IMPORTANT LEPIDOLITE FACT: Lepidolite contains Lithium. Do not attempt to eat. Don’t put it in water and drink the water. Do not lick Lepidolite (I don’t know if that does anything, but just don’t risk it, okay?!) If you need Lithium, your doctor and/or psychiatrist can get it for you.
Day 5 – Exercise
I hate exercising more than anything. I hate sweating, I hate the pain and hard breathing. It sucks, and I hate that I have to suggest this as an anxiety cure. However, it really does work.
This video breaks down why exercise works to rid our bodies of anxiety:
If you can’t watch, it says that anxiety is actually helpful to your body. It encourages you to take flight or fight, prompting physical action. If your anxiety isn’t related to anything physical, however, your body still needs to get rid of the physical adrenaline coursing through your system. Exercise will bring your physical body back to a more relaxed place.
Yoga is my primary form of exercise, and I don’t do it often enough. Cardio is what I should be doing, but I hate the idea so much that I actively avoid it. Today is an example of do as I say, not as I do.
I put my crystals on my yoga mat for inspiration. Try that, or wear Lepidolite to work out. Or do what I do: never work out and continue to wonder why you’re so sore and anxious all the time.
Day 6 – YouTube
This might be a weird suggestion, but there are great therapists online that give really helpful videos. The one above is a great example and I highly recommend her channel.
Here are some YouTube channels I have found especially helpful:
You may notice a running theme throughout these. That’s the beauty of YouTube. If you find one person you really like, you’ll get similar channels recommended. Try searching for your specific issues and see who you find!
A lot of these videos have been incredibly helpful and I’ve leaned on them between therapy sessions. Obviously, this doesn’t replace therapy, as it isn’t personal. However, if you’re struggling to find a therapist, try YouTube in the meantime!
Keep Lepidolite near you while you watch therapy videos. It’s so pretty!
Day 7 – Examine Your Surroundings
Do you scroll through the news every day? Do you sit next to a terrible co-worker? Even worse, do you hate your job and panic at the thought of going in?
These things may be obvious, but there are subtle contributing factors as well. Many things cause anxiety subtly. For example, I used to frequent Reddit boards like r/letsnotmeet (a board about people’s creepy encounters with other people). I also love true crime shows. When I’m having a bad week with my anxiety, I completely cut those out of my day. It doesn’t help my social anxiety to have a bunch of stalking and murder stories fresh in my mind.
I’m not saying you have to give up your favorite shows or reading material. I will suggest, however, that you take breaks as needed. You can always catch up when you’re feeling better.
The same goes for friends, family and co-workers. I’m not saying you should never talk to your negative friend again, but keep an eye on your anxiety. Maybe skip the coffee date if you know you’re not mentally equipped for it this week.