Holiday Stress, Crystals and How To Cope
Although the holidays are supposed to be a time full of joy, good
cheer and optimistic hopes for a new year, many people experience
seasonal "blues." What's important to know is that there are steps
you can take to help beat the blues this holiday season.
The "holiday blues" can be caused by many factors: increased stress
and fatigue, unrealistic expectations, over-commercialization and the
inability to be with one's family. The increased demands of shopping,
parties, family reunions and house guests also contribute to these
feelings of tension. Even people who do not become depressed can
develop other stress reactions during the holidays, such as
headaches, excessive drinking, overeating and difficulty sleeping.
Although many people become depressed during the holiday season, even
more respond to the excessive stress and anxiety once the holidays
have passed. This post-holiday letdown can be the result of emotional
disappointments experienced during the preceding months, as well as
the physical reactions caused by excess fatigue and stress.
There are several ways to identify potential sources of holiday
depression that can help you head off the blues:
*Keep expectations for the holiday season manageable by not trying to
make the holiday "the best ever."
*Set realistic goals for yourself.
*Organize your time. Make a list and prioritize the most important
*Be realistic about what you can and cannot do.
*Remember that the holiday season does not automatically banish
reasons for feeling sad or lonely. There is room for these feelings
to be present, even if you choose not to express them.
*Let go of the past. Don't be disappointed if your holidays are not
like they used to be. Life brings changes. Each holiday season is
different and can be enjoyed in its own way. Don't set yourself up
for sadness by thinking everything has to be just like the "good old
days." Look toward the future.
*Do something for someone else. It is an old remedy, but it can help.
Try volunteering some time to help others.
*Enjoy holiday activities that are free, such as driving around to
look at holiday decorations. Go window shopping without buying
*Don't drink too much. Excessive drinking will only make you more
*Don't be afraid to try something new. Celebrate the holidays in a
way you have not done before.
*Spend time with people who are supportive and who care about you.
*Reach out to make new friends if you are alone during special times.
*Contact someone with whom you have lost touch.
*Find time for yourself. Don't spend all of your time providing
activities for your family and friends.
Crystals Therapy for Stress
Crystals have both piezoelectric and pyroelectric properties. This
means that the polarities of the crystal will change when subjected
to pressure or heat (even body heat from the hands). This will
radiate energy from the crystal due to this reversal of polarities.
It provides the transfer, storage and transformation of energy.
Offering a balanced energy field, energy modification, amplifies both
energy and thought, clarity in thinking, and harmony and alignment
with the chakra energy areas.
Any type of stress or trauma or invasion is considered an impact on
our energy system that can have an effect on our overall "energy net"
or aura. This can cause a distortion in our energy flow and function.
Psychological trauma is a type of damage to the psyche that occurs as
a result of a traumatic event. A traumatic event involves a singular
experience or enduring event or events that completely overwhelm the
individual's ability to cope or integrate the ideas and emotions
involved with that experience. Physical trauma refers to a physical
injury from a cut or bruise, accident or an event such as rape or
war. These types of impact can have either subtle, subconscious
effects or long lasting distortion to the psyche.
Crystals can soothe the mental/emotional impact that is associated
with both psychological and physical trauma. It is important to
remember that everything is energy.
Crystals grids are a great way to work with the energy surrounding
us. They are reiki-charged stones that are laid out in particular
patterns in order to "rearrange" our pattern of energy.
Gemstone essence or Crystal Elixirs are energy charged water or oil
that takes the imprint or signature of a particular stone or stones
and can be used as an essence, perfume or anointing oil.
Consider using Alabaster, Dioptase, Gold, Howlite, Kunzite,
Labradorite, Lepidolite, Water Opal, Picasso Stone, Staurolite,
Sunstone, Plume Thunderegg, Turquoise.
Andrew Pacholyk, MS, L.Ac.
Therapies for healing
mind, body, spirit