I was on the phone to my insurance company the other day, and the phone operator noticed my email address and asked if that had anything to do with crystals. We ended up having a long conversation about crystals and he admitted that he wanted to get some crystals for his desk at work, as there were a lot of customers taking their anger and frustration out on him. The fact that I even had this conversation with a middle-aged man with kids and a wife (we talked a lot!) - blew me away. Not your typical crystal lover, I thought.
My brother, also a middle-aged man, in a high-level executive role, has a big chunk of Smoky Quartz on his desk. I asked him if it bothers him that people may judge him for having a crystal on his desk, and he replied "It makes me feel more grounded and less stressed having it there, why should I care what other people think?"
At this moment in time, people are feeling so stressed out about the messiness of their lives and the chaos in the world, that they're becoming more open to anything that will help them feel more settled. Once classified as "alternate" and a bit "woo-woo", crystals are becoming more mainstream.
So - how do you choose the right crystals to have in your workspace? Well, it depends on what kind of work you do. Here are a couple of my suggestions:
Black Tourmaline, Tourmaline Quartz, Onyx, Black Obsidian, Jet, Hematite, Smoky Quartz.
If you're dealing with lots of customers everyday, that's a lot of other peoples' energy you're working with - and it can drain on your energy. Trying to remain upbeat and helpful can be challenging when you are faced with a not-so-happy customer. In this current climate, it's highly likely that at times you will be dealing with anger, impatience and frustration. Crystals that protect and ground your energy are best for this environment.
Creativity blocks can be the worst! Every time I need to sit down to write an article or if I have any creative work to accomplish, I always have some crystals around me that work with creative energy. These crystals will open up your mind to new ideas, uplift energy, and promote self-expression and optimism. Crystals that promote courage and self-confidence are also good for creativity, as this is what can stop us from expressing our true selves. If we can work from the heart and release our fears - that's when we produce our best work.
Agate, Carnelian, Clear Quartz, Smoky Quartz, Tourmaline Quartz, Fluorite.
Excel spreadsheet got you down? I hear you! I used to work in an office job as a Data Analyst, so my life was spreadsheets and formulas. Sometimes it's hard to concentration with so much distraction whirling around an office - meetings, phone calls, people stopping by your desk... add an urgent task from your boss in there, or receive a call from the school to pick up a sick kid - and your capacity to concentrate is blown to smithereens! These crystals will sharpen concentration, restore motivation and dissolve fixed ideas.
Crystals for Calm
Rose Quartz, Amethyst, Blue Lace Agate, Aquamarine, Green Aventurine.
You start your day waking up to an alarm clock, you check emails whilst still in bed, you rush getting kids ready for school and then you get stuck in traffic - there's a lot we deal with before we even sit down to start our work day. If you're like me and your energy can get zapped before 9am, crystals that create a peaceful atmosphere and have a gentle soothing energy will help you out here. These crystals will open your heart, soothe your nerves and quiet your mind.
One last thing...
I remember when I initially started researching about the benefits of crystals - it felt like I needed them all! I wanted crystals for stress, anxiety, sleeplessness, brain fog, a busy mind... the list goes on. If you feel like you need to buy all the crystals for all the things - stop right there. In my experience, people will naturally gravitate toward the crystals that they need the most. It's like a magnet. You might just like a crystal because of the colour - and that's totally fine! The body is infinitely smarter than the mind - my advice is go with your gut-feeling and it will never steer you wrong.