When talking therapy wasn't cutting it, Rebecca Beaton decided to go - with an open mind - to crystal healing therapy. Little did she know it would be the one of the best decisions she could make.

As a millennial living in today’s world I don’t know anyone my age who doesn’t struggle with some sort of anxiety. From mild to insufferable it’s something that we all have to live with and either sink or swim in the process.

So when I found myself in a nightmare scenario last year, I fell into a dark place not knowing how to handle or deal with this increasing anxiety.

In late 2020 after already a traumatic year (for myself and the rest of the world population), I lost someone close to me from suicide. He suffered from extreme anxiety and other mental issues but his death was the first personal loss I’ve experienced, not knowing how to handle it I would keep everything in and then cry uncontrollably randomly, then do it all over again.

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From this and other stress happening in my life my anxiety went from very mild to a level that started affecting my health and happiness. I started experiencing fear of leaving the house, having trouble breathing and the worst of it, the insomnia.

After speaking to a therapist which helped a little, I knew I needed to seek help fast, and with some advice from one of my best friends who has her own mental struggles she suggested a crystal healer and reiki.

I think of myself as someone with an open mind but I also can be skeptical. Yet, I knew I needed help and didn’t want to start medication without trying something else.

So I decided to google ‘crystal healers in Sydney’ and found one with great reviews in the Eastern Suburbs. I booked a session with some excitement hoping this might be the thing to help me.

On a lazy Saturday I walked into her quiet little office with the overwhelming smell of essential oils, next she laid me on a table and started swinging some crystals around which weirded me out until she started talking about what she was getting from my ‘ora’ and she was completely spot on.

The next hour I laid there with crystals laid on my chakras and eyes closed, I could hear movement so I assumed she was performing some reiki on me (spoiler she was) and once I was done her crystals were swinging around on their own, literally!

As I walked out of her office to meet my sister who was picking me up I felt empty… Like I had been completely cleansed and drained. The next few days I felt tired but also very clear headed, I was able to think better at work and didn’t think about the things that gave me the most anxiety, it was like I could handle the thoughts and emotions so much better.

Even at work where before I couldn’t handle the stress, I would forget easily and just feel defeated over the littlest things, but after the session I was able to handle everything that work threw at me, I was able to multitask with ease and feel calm even in stressful situations.

It’s been almost 6 months since my crystal healing session and I still feel calm, not anxious and at ease. With anxiety practically a guarantee in the modern world, maybe some alternative medicine might be the answer to help palm off the horrible illness!

In an emergency please call 000.

If you or someone you know needs help, phone Lifeline on 13 11 14 or the 24-hour Suicide Call Back Service 1300 659 467.

Mental health professionals are available 24/7 at the beyondblue SupportService – 1300 22 46 36 or via beyondblue.org.au/get-support for online chat(3pm-12am AEST) or email response.

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