Healing Crystals To Support Your Work

Lately I’ve been in the habit of keeping stones with me.  Depending on where I’m going and what I’ll be doing, I will pick a stone to keep in my pocket throughout the day.

After starting to carry these gems with me on an everyday basis, I became curious to learn which stones may benefit me at work, too.

Although I have a daily practice of meditation, enjoying my coffee, and reading in the morning, I need to remember my “zen” throughout the day, too.  I often need to reset at lunch time to breathe, take a walk, and clear my mind.  The stones have been helpful reminders to calm my brain, slow down, and take it easier on myself.  When I feel nervous or antsy, I just reach in my pocket!  The stone is a symbol to keep me conscious and to stay in the moment.  Do crystals actually do anything?  I don’t have a scientific answer for that; but I do know they have been used for centuries (and I would never turn down additional support!) and have helped many long before my time.

Patience, communication, and sense of peace are absolutely necessary in your everyday work, so I looked up which stones would be helpful for focus, creativity, and working with others.

Rose Quartz

Representing unconditional love, this pretty pink stone is a favorite of many.  Rose Quartz opens the heart chakra and promotes friendship, self acceptance, harmony, and healing.  This is an ideal stone in any profession when working with others; this crystal allows us to feel compassion and understanding.  This is so commonly taken for granted in the workplace!  When you open your heart and think of your job as purposeful, the day simply goes by faster, everything flows easier, and you leave feeling better.  Empathy, care, and compassion goes a long way at work- each day I feel as if I have accomplished something good, which is a very new feeling for me after leaving the traditional business world.

Opalite

Opalite supports all levels of communication, opening any emotional blockages, psychic abilities, and strengthening your spiritual connection.  It doesn’t hurt that it’s so pretty- it shines iridescent shades of pink, blue, and purple.  Opalite is an ideal stone for life transitions, especially when facing a big decision.  It’s an amazing tool for opening the third eye- the chakra of intuition.  As my one year in Boston approaches (tomorrow!), I look back on how my own third eye assisted in my decision to start a new life in Massachusetts.  Although I’ve been living on “gut feelings” for as long as I can remember, that was the third eye in action.  Opalite is also great for mood swings, increasing energy, overcoming fatigue, and encourages persistence.  This is a power stone to aid all areas of life!

Amethyst 

This powerful and protective stone is not only beautiful, but it also benefits the immune system (which is always good in a school!).  Amethyst is most commonly known to support the crown chakra, which is your connection to the divine and your higher self.  Spiritual awareness, healing, inner peace, and balance are among the many benefits of amethyst, which are all perfect for any educator, writer, or artist.

Not only are these gemstones lovely, they each support your mind, body, and spirit.  I’ll admit, I’m hooked!  In addition to my pocket stones, I also love wearing crystal bracelets to boost my good vibes.  If you’re in the Boston area, my favorite stores for crystals are Seven Stars (Central Square, Cambridge) and ZuZu’s Healing Arts (Downtown Melrose).  You’ll even get a free stone at ZuZu’s when it’s your first time in!

What stones do you love for everyday healing?

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Citrine, Amethyst, and Chakra Bracelets from Seven Stars

Seven Steps to Being More Mindful at Work

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The practice of mindfulness is not only beneficial to mental and physical health, but also increases productivity thanks to improved concentration and energy. Since making meditation and mindfulness habits in my everyday life, I have enjoyed coming into work each day, use my time more efficiently and have been able to work better.

Being mindful improves focus and awareness, so following these tips can result in being much more creative and effective in the workplace.

1. Be Present

Focusing on one assignment or project at a time is crucial to being mindful in the workplace. When your attention shifts from one distraction to another, it’s important to remember to go back to where you left off and become present in the task at hand.

2. Make Lists

Start your day with a list of “to-dos” to accomplish. Working on one project at a time will help you increase productivity and stay organized. Re-prioritize your list throughout the day if necessary.

3. Mindful Reminders

Write cheerleading statements on post-it note and stick them on your desk. These simple reminders will motivate you and help to stay in the moment. Don’t know how to get started? Begin with simple statements such as “This is only temporary” or “I can do it!”

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4. Take a Breather

Step away from the desk and enjoy a walk around the neighborhood or short break to re-group. Give yourself time and space to re-energize throughout your day to improve concentration and overall productivity. I always take a few minutes during lunch to grab a coffee, walk down to the harbor or take photos of downtown Boston. Enjoy the beauty around you!

5. Radical Acceptance

This is one of my favorite DBT skills.  Radical acceptance doesn’t mean you have to like everyone or each situation, but it does mean you must accept things for how they are. While you don’t have to agree with someone, it’s important to validate them by acknowledging their thoughts or opinions.

6. Gratitude

Interrupt anxiety with gratitude! It’s so easy to fall into a negative mindset when something doesn’t go your way. Instead of focusing on your triggers, shift your focus to your blessings. Remember: you’re working, you’re fulfilling a purpose, and you’re needed. Try and focus on the positives and have gratitude for your position, opportunity, coworkers or work output.

7. Mindfulness Exercises

There are a variety of mindfulness exercises you can do at your desk to keep yourself balanced throughout your day. The Harvard Business Review gives tips and a guided breathing exercise to keep you present. According to HBR, “Mindfulness helps increase effectiveness, decrease mistakes, and even enhances creativity.”

Learn more about mindfulness at work at Mindful.org.

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Enjoying my lunchtime stroll!