A worry stone is a smooth rock used to soothe stress and anxiety. It is a versatile aid for self-calming and meditation. Worry stones may be as small as a thumbprint or as large as the palm of your hand. Larger worry stones may be called palm stones, and look like the oval-shaped rocks used for stone massage. You can buy, find, or make a worry stone. Rivers and tidal pools are a natural source for water-smoothed rocks, if you’d like to collect your own. Alternatively, buy river stones from a craft, garden, or home decor store. The most familiar kind of worry stone is a small, thin piece of gemstone with an indentation for the thumb. They became popular in the 1970’s as a retail checkout item, along with mood rings and friendship bracelets. They are available in many different types of stone. Worry stones may be plain or painted/engraved in various designs. Some worry stones are decorated with words of inspiration and encouragement. Religious symbols or sacred animals are also popular worry stone motifs. Other names for worry stones include fidget stone, soothing stone, sensory stone, or thumb stone. Some people think the phrase “worry stone” is too negative—if that’s the case, call it your lucky stone or friendly stone. Black Agate is a dark stone that can be polished to a mirror finish. Both stones are durable enough for daily use and have powerful grounding properties. Black stone is excellent for absorbing negative or overabundant energy and releasing it back to Earth. Reach for a Black Agate or Onyx worry stone when you feel jittery, angry, or in need of psychic protection.
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