Have you heard of “worry stones” before? A worry stone is a stone that you can carry in your pocket (or anywhere on you) that can be useful in helping to relieve anxiety or other negative feelings. Worry stones are also know as palm stones or thumb stones and are smooth, polished gemstones, usually in the shape of an oval with a thumb-sized indentation. They are usually a about the size of a 1/2 dollar coin and are easily hidden in your hand.
They are often used by holding the stone between your fingers and thumb and gently rubbing your thumb back and forth across the stone. This action can be very grounding and comforting. Also the act of self-soothing can be very empowering! It is often the smallest objects and actions that have the most powerful effects.
Worry stones come in many colors and can be found from many sources. There are gemstone stores and Etsy sells worry stones for under $5.
Do you think a worry stone may help you? Do you have one already? Do you do anything similar to cope? Tell us about your experience or if you’d like to share a coping mechanism to your tool box!