Root Chakra | Muladhara | First Chakra
The root/base chakra governs survival, security, and safety. A well balanced root chakra makes one feel confident and secure in life. A blocked root chakra can cause one to cling to bad relationships in search of anything stable, lack of confidence, severe anxiety, and feelings of worthlessness and inability to achieve goals.
Ways I’ve personally found effective in opening the root chakra: walk barefoot. Dance and exercise. Sit on the ground whenever possible. Take care of yourself by taking a hot shower, washing yourself carefully, combing out your tangles, putting on matching pajamas,… just generally take time to value and pamper yourself physically (seriously, this is very important. Give yourself the love you deserve). Clean your house barefoot, singing. Do all this to give yourself that feeling of peace, groundedness, and security.
As for stones, I’ve found hematite to be largely effective when I’m panicking or feel like I don’t have any control, but makes me feel cold and hollow when used too often. Citrine and smokey quartz are more stable and uplifting.