Achieve your New Year’s Resolutions with Style!

There’s always time for self-improvement, but a New Year is all the more motivating and full of opportunities! It’s your time to take action and achieve the goals you set out to do. Our natural energy stones can help you out on your journey to success! If your resolutions are anything like ours, here’s some tips and healing stones that will help make yours goals happen!
Science has proven that human beings have between 12,000 and 60,000 thoughts per day. Whoa! Even more surprising is that 80% of those thoughts are negative! Being nice to ourselves can be a real challenge, but it has been proven that self-kindness reduces stress and elevates mood. Providing ourselves with patience, acceptance, and care can often be foreign to us, but with practice, your nurturing voice will be the first one you hear instead of the blaring critic. Self-kindness involves being tolerant of our flaws and inadequacies and realizing that suffering, failure, and imperfection is part of the shared human experience.                                                                                                                                                                       
If your goal this year is to be kinder to yourself, try wearing these healing stones. Rhodolite encourages compassion while promoting self-worth and spiritual growth. Rhodonite is a calming stone that helps resolve conflict and promotes self love and compassion. It is also a remedy stone during times of panic.                                                                                                                                                         
Here’s some tips to go from inner-critic to inner-cheerleader! Give yourself more compliments, out loud. Learn how to forgive yourself; you're doing your best and nobody is perfect. Practice gratitude - a powerful emotion with scientifically proven benefitsBe a best friend to yourself. Give yourself permission to say no. Accept compliments. Create positive affirmations.
Human beings are inherently social creatures. Friendships offer a number of mental health benefits, such as increased feelings of belonging, purpose, increased levels of happiness, reduced levels of stress, and improved self-worth and confidence. Forming strong, healthy relationships with others means opening up, actively listening, and being willing to sharing what you’re going through. Being proactive is important if your looking to nourish your social connections this year.                                                                                                                           
If your goal this year is to strengthen your relationships between your friends, family, or significant other, try wearing Rose Quartz to help purify and open the heart. Those who hold Agate near their heart or wear the stone in jewelry will notice new friendships, lovers, and rebirth of old relationships. Some great ways to jumpstart the social butterfly in you are finding a hobby, establishing a weekly movie night with your besties, volunteering with a group that interests you, interacting with coworkers outside of the workplace, and inviting and being open to invitations as they come your way. If you're in a new town or just want to start fresh, try Bumble BFF!                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
Do you struggle with staying in the present? It’s so easy to be distracted with what’s next, occupied with the past, or overloaded with information. Staying aware of your mind and body can be difficult, but the benefits to your wellbeing are worth it. Mindfulness is shown to improve sleep, reduce stress, and improve focus. 
So what is mindfulness? It’s an active practice of being present of where you are, what you’re doing, and what you’re thinking in the moment. The goal is not to quiet the mind, but instead to be aware of the thoughts that pass through and let them come and go without judgement. Your mind will wander, but that’s natural. Allow yourself to consciously come back to your breath, notice the sounds around you and the sensations of your body. It’s all about returning your attention again and again.                                                                                                                                                                                   
To add a little enhancement to your mindfulness practice try wearing Tourmaline or Howlite. Tourmaline is believed to promote communication between the conscious and unconscious minds, allowing psychic awareness to blossom, while Howlite has long been recognized for its ability to reduce anxiety and enhance mental awareness.
The most common New Year’s resolutions involve dieting and exercising! While these are important, there is so much more to taking care of our bodies. If your resolution this year is to be healthier, try wearing Jasper as it combats exhaustion, providing energy and promoting reflection. Or try Quartz, the “Master Healer”, provides healing and spiritual growth.                                                                  
Physical health can really affect happiness and stress levels. Making a commitment to taking on healthier habits this year can have a far-reaching payoff: you’ll feel better in everything you do. Along with diet and exercise, here’s some more ways you can take care of your body everyday! Drink plenty of water. Stretch every morning. Create a good sleep routine. Take Epsom salt baths. Write in a journal. Watch your posture. Use essential oils. Wash your hands often. Keep laughing and playing!                                                                                                         
We wish you good luck with all of your resolutions this year!
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Written by: Micaela Ideker

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