For as long as I can remember, I’ve had icy cold hands and feet. I’m not talking about an issue during only the frigid winter months. This extreme difference in temperature plagued my fingers and toes on a regular basis, even in the summer. Mostly, I would notice it while sitting at my desk, working on my computer. Which, given my job as a non-profit Executive Director, is the majority of the day.
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I began researching, and found that when you are anxious, your body tends to redirect your blood flow to the large organs of your body located in your midsection. This is what’s known as the “fight or flight” response, the body’s means of protecting itself from harm. So with blood flow being restricted to my fingers and toes, no wonder they felt so cold.
Another study I found was that of Tibetan monks who found that meditation and deep breathing raise the temperature in fingers and toes.
Meditation was something I had tried, quite unsuccessfully, several times in the past. I couldn’t seem to get the hang of it, and wasn’t motivated enough to commit to a regular practice, so I gave up.
Along came Spire and I was intrigued from the moment I saw the device. If I could learn to control my breathing, I could lessen my anxiety. Maybe this could be the solution I needed to bring the warmth back. Still, I was skeptical. How could a little stone help me monitor my breath? Would it really make enough of a difference? How long before I’d begin to see results?
I had my answer within a week of using Spire. Each time I felt the gentle buzz reminding me to focus on my breathing, I made a conscious effort to notice how my body felt. Immediately I’d recognize the source of the issue, taking a moment to settle back into a relaxed breathing pattern. By week two I began noticing that my hands and feet weren’t nearly as cold as they had been in the past, even when in the midst of a long day of work.
My third full week of using Spire has proved to me the value of this tiny miracle product, and I haven’t even gotten into everything it can do yet! I love that it’s a pedometer, too. It has this really neat built-in feature that reminds me when I’ve been sedentary for too long. I appreciate the suggestion to stretch my legs each hour.
I’m excited to delve deeper into the features and benefits Spire has to offer. This is one piece of wearable technology that everyone should have!