How to deal with Mercury retrograde effects, according to astrologers

What Mercury retrograde effects? You didn't feel a thing!

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Incoming! Mercury retrograde effects are about to strike. In a matter of hours, we'll be questioning our every text message and frantically searching for our car keys. 

Mercury has the biggest effect on pop culture, which is ironic considering it's the smallest planet in the solar system. Its rise to fame has given us nothing but anxiety: we fear the thought of breaking up during Mercury retrograde and lay awake wondering when our lives are going to be flip-turned upside down—and not in a Fresh Prince of Bel-Air kind of way.  

Although the planet is in retrograde now from May 10 to June 3—the second of four Mercury retrograde 2022 occurrences—the cosmic pros want you to know that this is not something to dread. 

"It’s really important to not be afraid of Mercury retrograde or assume that things are going to go wrong," says astrologer Nina Kahn (opens in new tab). "Retrogrades are a totally normal part of life. They're a reminder to slow down, reflect and give ourselves a chance to revise anything."

Likewise, Noush, an astrologer with Girl and Her Moon (opens in new tab), actually looks forward to this time. 

"I personally like Mercury retrograde," she says. "There's this call to reassess our values and our emotional commitment to certain areas of our lives and we'll realize that whatever choice we make, change is part of the process."

Before assuming the worst, take a breather, light a candle—great gifts astrology fans love—and embrace whatever the universe is planning (and don't forget to check out our special Mercury retrograde horoscope). 

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How to combat Mercury retrograde effects

So, what exactly happens when this planet decides to spin backward? As the ruler of logistical matters, Mercury retrograde will likely cause confusion in areas like communication, technology and timing. No sweat—that just means you'll have to be a little bit more mindful. Easy!

"It's important to be extra conscious when communicating with people or scheduling things," Kahn suggests. "Avoid rushing—take your time."

Since we're really supposed to be using this time as a review process, think of the areas in life you want to switch up and how to make those goals happen.

"Anything that promotes a sense of slowing down and reflecting on things is a really good thing during Mercury retrograde because that's really what this transit is all about. It's not here to ruin our lives or relationships."

Even better? It's the ultimate time to indulge in self-care practices, so ready the bubble bath and glass of wine. 

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If you were looking for an excuse to stock up on wellness gifts, you're welcome. See, Mercury has its benefits! 

"I personally love to light candles and relax, take a bath, try to get my mind off all the logistical stresses and just take a moment to stay present," Kahn says. 

She's also a big fan of writing things down during this transit. 

"I think journaling is a really helpful tool," she says. "Buying a pretty journal is a really awesome way to promote some self-reflection."

If you were thinking about upping your crystal game, now's the ideal time. We spoke with Noush about the best crystals for Mercury retrograde, and although she has three favorites, there's one in particular that will work wonders. 

"One of the crystals I seem to be drawn to for communication would be amethyst," Noush says. "It'll help you have a clearer understanding of your deeper thoughts so that maybe you can communicate with a little bit calmer or patience."

Be sure to also take a look at our go-to crystals for anxiety and crystals for good luck while you're at it.

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Yes, this tiny planet might get a bad rep, but that doesn't mean it's going to make your life miserable. Think of it as a way to put you on the proper path. 

"It's just a process of realignment that's just necessary to cleanse our minds and thoughts so that we can feel a bit more at ease again," Noush says.

Mercury, we're ready for ya!

An intuitive astrologer with Girl and Her Moon, Noush believes in the healing power of focused energy. You can catch her cosmic insight during an astrology reading or by signing up for a Flow with the Moon Membership.

Nina Kahn is an author and mystical content creator. Check out her books, Astrology For Life and The Joy Of Hex.

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Danielle is a writer for woman&home and My Imperfect Life, covering all-things news, lifestyle and entertainment. 


The heart of her time at Future has been devoted to My Imperfect Life, where she's been attuned to the cosmos and honed in on astrology coverage within the Life vertical. She's partial to writing pieces about the next big TV obsession—anyone else impatiently waiting for "Conversations with Friends"—and keeping you up to date on new trends like the latest must-have from Zara. 


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