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10 Crystals For Positive Energy & Happiness

10 Crystals For Positive Energy & Happiness

Modern medicine and science still don’t have all the answers, and oftentimes, their cure is worse than the disease. Especially when it comes to your mental health and sense of well-being, doctors are still limited in their approach.

Instead of relying on prescriptions, you should give crystal healing a try. Crystals contain healing and purifying energies which can cleanse your body and environment. Even if the negative energy and thoughts are coming from your own mind and soul, there are crystals that can help you expunge those crippling afflictions.

Here’s a guide on how to use crystals most effectively, as well as our top 10 list of the crystals for positive energy and overall happiness.

Crystal Maintenance: Cleansing, Charging, and Wearing

When you first get a crystal, whether it is from the store or a friend, it’s always a good idea to cleanse it before use. Crystals are great at collecting energy, which is the property used to protect you from negative influences. They can get full, though, and when that happens, they must be cleansed in order to work at their maximum potential again.

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To cleanse your crystal, leave it overnight buried in sea salt, on a clear and empty tabletop. The salt will absorb the impurities locked within the crystal, leaving it fresh and ready to protect you from negative energy. Alternatively, you can pass crystals through sage or smudge stick smoke to release pent-up vibrations.

To recharge your crystal you also have a few options. One is to leave the crystal in direct sun or moonlight, or to bury it in the ground to let it reclaim the healing powers of the earth. It should only take a day or two to recharge crystals this way. You may also meditate with your crystal, directing your thoughts, needs, and desires into it with deep, forceful breaths.

Wear your crystal as a piece of jewelry or keep it in your pocket. Know, however, that direct contact with the skin allows crystals to work the strongest. Placing crystals over your major chakra points during meditation is another favored method of crystal healing.

The Best Crystals for Happiness and Positive Energy

1. Turquoise

Whenever someone is complaining of general malaise, turquoise is the first stone I recommend. Turquoise has long been prized for its inspirational influence, bringing feelings of peace, ease, and satisfaction to the wearer. Turquoise tends to have an emboldening effect in social situations, making you feel more extroverted. This stone is so powerful it often influences others around you, too.

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2. Rose Quartz

So often our happiness is shattered by problems in love. Rose quartz promotes healthy romantic relationships, allows you clarity of judgment when viewing other people, and can even make you love yourself. For self-loathing, and especially for ill moods due to poor romantic outlook, use rose quartz to start healing.

3. Quartz

Quartz is a panacea among crystals, used for its powerful purifying effects. The purity of this crystal destroys all negative energy around it and stores positive intentions, thoughts, and other important vibrations. It helps clear your mind, and allows you to focus with renewed inspiration on the most positive aspects of your life.

4. Onyx

Onyx works similarly to quartz, but instead of dispelling negative energy, it absorbs it. Onyx has the incredibly power to change this negative energy into lucky, fruitful energy that can turn bad situations into blessings. Use onyx to eliminate lingering ailments or negative thoughts and to make the most out of unhealthy situations.

5. Amethyst

If things beyond your control bring you anxiety or sadness, amethyst is often used to regain balance. Coming to terms with your abilities and overcoming grief are never easy, but amethysts emit a calming aura which centers us. By allowing us to regain clarity, self-confidence and peace, you can trust amethyst to brighten even your darkest times.

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6. Fluorite

Are you struggling to find purpose in your life? Are you unable to focus on what’s really important? Fluorite helps bring us back to reality with newfound clarity and vision after a long time of searching. Fluorite can help artists and other introspective types from bouts of doubt and lack of inspiration.

7. Jade

Jade is as beautiful as it is a powerful healing tool. Wearing jade will contribute to your mental clarity, emotional calm, and physical well-being. Wearers will find themselves more patient, more open to new ideas and feeling as though their bodies had been detoxified.

8. Citrine

It is a yellow stone that reflects & refracts bright lights bringing abundant happiness to the wearer. If you’ve ever been envious of children with their carefree attitudes and lust for life, citrine can help you relive those days again. This motivational crystal empowers you both mentally and physically, giving you that “I can take over the world!” feeling all over again. Lack of energy will never be a problem with citrine.

9. Lapis Lazuli

Lapis lazuli is a stone fit for a king, which makes sense because it can give you a kingly sense of wisdom and grace. If you suffer from social anxiety, lapis lazuli will help you find clarity, gain confidence and find the proper way to approach every tricky situation.

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10. Tiger Eye

Similar to lapis lazuli, tiger eye gives you an inner strength and confidence that radiates outward, altering your perspective. Specifically, you’re better equipped to deal with confrontation and unexpected negative energy and will find yourself shrugging off instances which in the past would have ruined your whole day.

Now that you have a better understanding of the best crystals for positive energy and happiness, feel free to mix and match them as you please, or choose just one that best suits your needs. When choosing crystals at the store, always go with your intuition and remember to cleanse them once you get home.

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Last Updated on May 22, 2019

10 Simple Morning Exercises That Will Make You Feel Great All Day

10 Simple Morning Exercises That Will Make You Feel Great All Day

There are lots of studies that show if you do some exercise in the morning, you will be in a better mood all day long. You will have more energy and you will certainly be a better colleague, friend or partner.

One psychologist at Duke University has researched the effects of exercise on depressed patients and he has come to the conclusion that exercise has a definite role in treating this condition and has an important role in preventing people from relapsing.[1] According to the New York Times, scientists have now established that exercise also boosts your brain power.[2]

In addition, there are studies from the Appalachian State University which show that blood pressure can be reduced by doing regular morning exercise.[3]

Here are 10 simple morning exercises that will help you feel great the whole day long. You can include some of them in your morning exercise routine or do them all at home without having to enrol in a gym. Consult your doctor before starting any form of exercise routine if you are new to this.

1. Cat Camel Stretch

Stretching exercises are useful for muscle toning and also preventing arthritis. They can either be dynamic or static.

Dynamic ones such as the cat camel stretch, are particularly useful for doing other exercises in the morning. They are also beneficial at other times of the day, especially after long periods of sedentary work. This one is great for spinal flexibility and is a good warm up exercise.

Kneel down on all fours. Start by rounding your back just like a camel so that your head will try to meet your pelvis. This is the camel position. Then lower and lift your head so that your lower back is arched. This is the cat position. Do these movements slowly and smoothly. About 4 or 5 times.

Here’s a video to guide you through:

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2. Go for a Walk or a Run

This is better done outside so that you can connect with nature but running inside on a treadmill is almost as good. You can time yourself and increase length and time according to your fitness program.

Always have new goals to reach. Start with brisk walking and work up to running. At my age, I am still walking!

The health benefits are considerable. You can build stronger bones and you can help to maintain your weight.

Also, you are helping your heart to stay healthy and keeping your blood pressure low.

Learn more about the benefits of running here: 8 Benefits of Running 5 Minutes Every Day You Didn’t Know

3. Jumping Jacks

Michelle Obama is a great fan of this exercise and has become “Jumper in Chief.”[4] They are great for cardiovascular health and also for toning muscles especially the calves and the deltoids.

Stand with feet together. Jump while spreading your arms and legs. Return to first position and keep going! You can start with doing these for 1 minute and then gradually build up to the number you are comfortable with. Here’s how:

4. Abductor Side Lifts

Watch the video below to see how to do this exercise. These muscles are important because you use them everyday to run, get into the car or onto and off a bicycle. They are very important also for your core stability and prevent the pelvis from tilting.[5]

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Do about 10 to 15 raises for each side like this:

5. Balancing Table Pose

This is a classic yoga pose. It benefits the spine, balance, memory and concentration.

Start with the table pose (hands and knees). Breathe in before starting each movement. As you exhale, raise your left leg parallel to the floor as you raise the right arm, also parallel to the floor. Breathe in as you lower arm and leg. Repeat for the other side. 10 repetitions on each side is a good starting point.

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    6. Leg Squats

    Not just legs are involved but also hips and knees.

    Stand with your feet a bit further out from your hips. Arms are out in front of you. Then lower yourself as if you wanted to sit down until you reach a 90 degree angle. You can go down further if you want to. Then return to the starting position. Repeat 15 times for 2 sets for beginners.

    The benefits are that these exercises help with knee stability and can benefit the leg muscles such as quadriceps, hamstrings and calves.[6]

    7. Push Ups

    You start lying down (face down) but with your body held up at arm’s length. Your hands should be in line with your shoulders. Breathe in as you lower your body. That is fairly easy. Now, as you exhale, you have to get back up to the starting position.

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    An easier version to start with is to bend your legs at the knees so you do not have to lift your whole body.

    Beginners may take up to a month to be able to do 100 push ups so you will have to start with a very small number and gradually increase it.

    This exercise is great for strengthening the chest, shoulders and the triceps. It is a great strengthening exercise for many muscle groups. In fact, most muscles from the toes to the shoulders are being used.

    8. Bicycle Crunches

    There are numerous crunch exercises targeting the abs. The bicycle crunch is a variation where you work more muscle groups. Aim for 15 to 20 reps to start off with.

    Watch the video to see how this is done correctly:

    9. Lunges

    Stand with feet shoulder width apart. Place your hand on your hips. Take one giant step forward with the right leg. Make sure the knee does not go too far forward, that is, past your toes. The left knee will go down to almost floor level. Alternate the legs as you go on.

    Try to do a set of between 8 and 12 reps for each leg. It is important to allow for a day of rest, so this exercise should be done on alternate days, especially if you are using weights.

    This exercise is great for strengthening and toning the quadriceps, glutes and hamstrings.

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    10. Bicep Curls

    You can do this sitting down so if you spend a lot of time on the phone, this is a great exercise to do.

    Choose suitable dumbbells or another household object that you can easily hold. Sit down with the dumbbell in your hand. You need to sit forward a bit so that your triceps can lean on your thigh to give you support.

    Then bring the weighted arm up to shoulder length and then down again. Exhale as you lift the weight and inhale as you lower it.

    Here’re some important notes before you start doing this exercise:

    Try to do one or two sets of about ten repetitions for each arm and then switch arms.

    These exercises are really useful for toning the arm muscles.[7] In addition, they can strengthen and tone the brachioradialis muscle located in the forearm. These are the muscles we use to pick up things when we flex the arm at the elbow so we use these muscles countless times a day.

    You may have to build in a rest day for the heavier exercises, numbers 6–10. On the rest days, you can do gentler stretching exercises and also some walking or running.

    Morning exercise is not only a great mood booster, but will help you keep your weight down and also sleep better![8] Start including one or some of these exercises in your morning routine!

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