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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 November 19, 2019

20 Time Management Tips to Super Boost Your Productivity

20 Time Management Tips to Super Boost Your Productivity

Are you usually punctual or late? Do you finish things within the time you stipulate? Do you hand in your reports/work on time? Are you able to accomplish what you want to do before deadlines? Are you a good time manager?

If your answer is “no” to any of the questions above, that means you’re not managing your time as well as you want. Here are 20 time management tips to help you manage time better:

1. Create a Daily Plan

Plan your day before it unfolds. Do it in the morning or even better, the night before you sleep. The plan gives you a good overview of how the day will pan out. That way, you don’t get caught off guard. Your job for the day is to stick to the plan as best as possible.

2. Peg a Time Limit to Each Task

Be clear that you need to finish X task by 10am, Y task by 3pm, and Z item by 5:30pm. This prevents your work from dragging on and eating into time reserved for other activities.

3. Use a Calendar

Having a calendar is the most fundamental step to managing your daily activities. If you use outlook or lotus notes, calendar come as part of your mailing software.

I use it. It’s even better if you can sync your calendar to your mobile phone and other hardwares you use – that way, you can access your schedule no matter where you are. Here’re the 10 Best Calendar Apps to Stay on Track .

Find out more tips about how to use calendar for better time management here: How to Use a Calendar to Create Time and Space

4. Use an Organizer

An organizer helps you to be on top of everything in your life. It’s your central tool to organize information, to-do lists, projects, and other miscellaneous items.

These Top 15 Time Management Apps and Tools can help you organize better, pick one that fits your needs.

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5. Know Your Deadlines

When do you need to finish your tasks? Mark the deadlines out clearly in your calendar and organizer so you know when you need to finish them.

But make sure you don’t make these 10 Common Mistakes When Setting Deadlines.

6. Learn to Say “No”

Don’t take on more than you can handle. For the distractions that come in when you’re doing other things, give a firm no. Or defer it to a later period.

Leo Babauta, the founder of Zen Habits has some great insights on how to say no: The Gentle Art of Saying No

7. Target to Be Early

When you target to be on time, you’ll either be on time or late. Most of the times you’ll be late. However, if you target to be early, you’ll most likely be on time.

For appointments, strive to be early. For your deadlines, submit them earlier than required.

Learn from these tips about how to prepare yourself to be early, instead of just in time.

8. Time Box Your Activities

This means restricting your work to X amount of time. Why time boxing is good for you? Here’re 10 reasons why you should start time-boxing.

You can also read more about how to do time boxing here: #5 of 13 Strategies To Jumpstart Your Productivity.

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9. Have a Clock Visibly Placed Before You

Sometimes we are so engrossed in our work that we lose track of time. Having a huge clock in front of you will keep you aware of the time at the moment.

10. Set Reminders 15 Minutes Before

Most calendars have a reminder function. If you have an important meeting to attend, set that alarm 15 minutes before.

You can learn more about how reminders help you remember everything in this article: The Importance of Reminders (And How to Make a Reminder That Works)

11. Focus

Are you multi-tasking so much that you’re just not getting anything done? If so, focus on just one key task at one time. Multitasking is bad for you.

Close off all the applications you aren’t using. Close off the tabs in your browser that are taking away your attention. Focus solely on what you’re doing. You’ll be more efficient that way.

Lifehack’s CEO has written a definitive guide on how to focus, learn the tips: How to Focus and Maximize Your Productivity (the Definitive Guide)

12. Block out Distractions

What’s distracting you in your work? Instant messages? Phone ringing? Text messages popping in?

I hardly ever use chat nowadays. The only times when I log on is when I’m not intending to do any work. Otherwise it gets very distracting.

When I’m doing important work, I also switch off my phone. Calls during this time are recorded and I contact them afterward if it’s something important. This helps me concentrate better.

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Find more tips on how to minimize distractions to achieve more in How to Minimize Distraction to Get Things Done

13. Track Your Time Spent

When you start to track your time, you’re more aware of how you spend your time. For example, you can set a simple countdown timer to make sure that you finish a task within a period of time, say 30 minutes or 1 hour. The time pressure can push you to stay focused and work more efficiently.

You can find more time tracking apps here and pick one that works for you.

14. Don’t Fuss About Unimportant Details

You’re never get everything done in exactly the way you want. Trying to do so is being ineffective.

Trying to be perfect does you more harm than good, learn here about how perfectionism kills your productivity and how to ditch the perfectionism mindset.

15. Prioritize

Since you can’t do everything, learn to prioritize the important and let go of the rest.

Apply the 80/20 principle which is a key principle in prioritization. You can also take up this technique to prioritize everything on your plate: How to Prioritize Right in 10 Minutes and Work 10X Faster

16. Delegate

If there are things that can be better done by others or things that are not so important, consider delegating. This takes a load off and you can focus on the important tasks.

When you delegate some of your work, you free up your time and achieve more. Learn about how to effectively delegate works in this guide: How to Delegate Work (the Definitive Guide for Successful Leaders)

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17. Batch Similar Tasks Together

For related work, batch them together.

For example, my work can be categorized into these core groups:

  1. writing (articles, my upcoming book)
  2. coaching
  3. workshop development
  4. business development
  5. administrative

I batch all the related tasks together so there’s synergy. If I need to make calls, I allocate a time slot to make all my calls. It really streamlines the process.

18. Eliminate Your Time Wasters

What takes your time away your work? Facebook? Twitter? Email checking? Stop checking them so often.

One thing you can do is make it hard to check them – remove them from your browser quick links / bookmarks and stuff them in a hard to access bookmarks folder. Replace your browser bookmarks with important work-related sites.

While you’ll still checking FB/Twitter no doubt, you’ll find it’s a lower frequency than before.

19. Cut off When You Need To

The number one reason why things overrun is because you don’t cut off when you have to.

Don’t be afraid to intercept in meetings or draw a line to cut-off. Otherwise, there’s never going to be an end and you’ll just eat into the time for later.

20. Leave Buffer Time In-Between

Don’t pack everything closely together. Leave a 5-10 minute buffer time in between each tasks. This helps you wrap up the previous task and start off on the next one.

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