Crystals for Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)
Seasonal Affective Disorder can be a dreaded curse for many during the winter months, with symptoms ranging from feeling a little fed up and lethargic to a deep depression. One of the best remedies is to get a lightbox but while you're busy and on the run, crystals can be a great 'pick me up' between your light therapy sessions.
How can crystals relieve symptoms that are caused by a lack of sunlight? Well there are two ways...
** They work as a form of colour therapy, the colours red, orange and yellow have a warming, stimulating and energising effect on the body.
** Crystals have subtle energies that activate and balance the chakras, for SAD sufferers you are looking to activate the lower chakras - base/root, sacral and solar plexus, these chakras are related to energy levels and feelings of well being.
Here is a great link that can give you a basic understanding of both chakras and their related colours...
... and here are the best crystals to wear or carry with you and place around your home to brighten your mood and lift your energy levels...
Orange Calcite is a stone of fun and happiness, with an uplifting energy that can draw in prosperity and abundance. Orange Calcite energises not only the physical body, but also the mind, and is perfect for when you want to be creative, especially in a playful, light-hearted way
Orange Calcite and more info available here
Common Citrine Quartz
Common Citrine Quartz is wonderful for those who have a tendency towards negativity and 'doom and gloom', it lifts dark moods and thought patterns, encouraging optimism.
Common Citrine Quartz and more info available here
Amber has been associated with the Sun through the Ages, being related to various Sun Gods such as Ra (Egyptian) and Helios (Greek). Amber's energy is solar, warming you and instilling a feeling of health and well-being.
Amber and more info available here
Honey Calcite can invigorate you when you are feeling tired, increasing your energy levels gently so that you don't feel stressed even when under pressure.
Honey Calcite and more info available here
Carnelian activates the lower chakras and instils vitality and creativity. Carnelain's energy is energising and invigorating.
Carnelian and more info available here
Red Jasper can raise energy levels through the entire system and promote healing and good health.
How to use the crystals
Carry, wear or place the above crystals around your home and work space, look at them and let the colours penetrate your mind. In the morning or evening place the crystals on the related chakra and feel their energy warming and energising you.
Other top tips
Wear warm bright colours.
Eat plenty of fruit and veg.
Get outside during daylight hours as much as you can, even if it's a stroll around the block during your lunch break.
For other great advice about Seasonal Affective Disorder visit
Finally, when you're getting down with the winter blues, remember it won't last forever, spring always follows winter!
Health and Happiness
Jan - Crystals and Stones