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As it turns out, a lot.
Note: I don't make any medical claims here -- if you have PTSD from a bad experience or a serious anxiety disorder, it's very important to make sure you're taking care of yourself and getting the help you need. Live therapists are best, since they can tailor your treatment to your needs. Not everyone has the means to see a therapist right away, though, but online programs like e-couch can still help in the interim.
One of the easiest ways I've found to help diminish anything, including anxiety, is to take a piece of paper, write down exactly what I'm anxious about, write my intention for my anxiety to decrease, and place it under a quartz point under the (barely there) light of a waning moon.
If that doesn't fit your time frame, flip the wording -- instead of stating that your anxiety decreases, write that your strength, bravery, and resilience inrease, and place it under a quartz point under the light of a waxing moon. Thursdays, especially during the hour of Jupiter, are great for increasing things.
Carrying anti-anxiety talismans or protective amulets
I'm not much into the new age healing properties of crystals, but they have a long history of use as magickally protective objects regardless. Black kyanite, obsidian, and black tourmaline would be particularly helpful for overall protection, while amethyst and blue lace agate are good for calming. No matter which stone you choose, they're good for holding and toying with to keep your hands busy and your mind distracted.
[caption id="attachment_3751" align="aligncenter" width="513"] Amethyst is also inexpensive, and very pretty.[/caption]
Clear quartz, as a colorless, more-or-less all-purpose stone, can pretty much be "filled" with whatever patterns you need it to hold. Give it a good physical cleaning, cleanse it by your preferred method, and hold it in your dominant hand. Hold the thought of calm and peace in your mind, and imagine the stone being filled with this relaxing energy. If you find your mind wandering back to the source of your anxieties, recognize them, let them go, and continue projecting gentle, happy vibes until you feel satisfied that the stone holds all it can. Carry your new anti-anxiety crystal buddy with you in a purse, pocket, or sachet.
If you aren't confident in your ability to keep your thoughts relaxed and peaceful, that's okay! It can be very difficult to try to control your thoughts when you're in the middle of a lot of stress. Place the stone in the middle of a piece of paper, write relevant words ("Calm," "Peace," "Relaxation," etc.) around it, and draw arrows pointing from the words to the crystal. Place the paper and crystal in a moonlit window overnight. If you're able to give it the light of a full moon, or an entire moon cycle, even better.
Some crystal healing gurus recommend fluorite, calcite, amazonite, and aquamarine to help with dental health. While this probably isn't going to cut down on your anxiety in the chair, they might let you avoid having to be there as often!
Many of the herbs recommended to magickally reduce anxiety are relaxing and sedating in their own right. Chamomile, kava kava, passion flower, and lavender have relaxing properties when used medicinally. You can brew a tea using these herbs (or pick up a commercial relaxation blend), and, holding your dominant hand over the cup, picture golden light flowing down and filling it with glittering, positive energy. Trace a clockwise circle over the surface while chanting:
"Anxiety fade, and calm increase,
I shall feel nothing but peace.
No matter how this visit goes,
No trace of my panic will show."
Repeat until you're satisfied that the tea has absorbed all of the happy, peaceful energy it can, then drink.
[caption id="attachment_3752" align="aligncenter" width="513"] Chamomile flowers even look happy.[/caption]
Note Mark II: Herbs used in this fashion have the potential to interact with certain medications -- talk to your dentist or doctor and make sure they're fully aware of any herbs or other supplements you're using. Stay safe!
Like moon magick, this can be taken in either direction. You can release and decrease your pent-up worry and negative emotions, focus on increasing your positive emotions, or, better yet, both.
To chase off worry and anxiety, take a black candle, a pin, and a fireproof candle holder. Sit comfortably, close your eyes, and find the seat of your anxiety -- do you usually feel it in your chest? Maybe it's a tightness in your lungs, or a feeling of not being able to breathe. Maybe it's an ache in your shoulders, or an acid feeling in your stomach. Wherever it is, picture your anxiety sitting there as a physical entity. What shape and color is it? A thick, inky cloud? A spiky, sour yellow ball? When you have a concrete image in your mind, hold the black candle in your hands. Picture your anxiety streaming from wherever it sits, down your arms, and into the candle until it has emptied out of you. Then, carve the worries you want to be free of into the candle with a pin. If you have a banishing oil, you can also anoint the candle after carving. Once you're all done, place it in the candle holder, light it up, and say,
"Candle melt and wax drip down,
Worries sink into the ground.
No more stress and no more fear,
Only peace may dwell in here."
To increase positive emotions, take an orange candle, a pin, and a fireproof candle holder. Hold the candle in both hands, and focus on happy, peaceful thoughts. These can be anything, as long as they allow you to project a relaxed, joyful energy. Imagine it flowing down your arms and into the candle like a stream of glittering light. Once you're ready, carve positive words or affirmations into the candle. You can also anoint it with sweet orange oil or honey if you wish. Once you're all done, place it in the candle holder, light it up, and say,
"Warmed by glowing candle light,
No longer feeling worry's blight.
My joy expands, and my peace grows,
All around me, my calm shows."
Do you freak out about going to the dentist? What do you do to keep yourself sane?