How To Start Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction

We all struggle with stress. Whether it’s anxiety from upcoming events or tension from uncertainty, stress can have a profound impact on your life, creating fraught relationships and lost productivity. Since stress has this potent ability to prevent us from living our best lives, it’s important we find stress-reduction methods that work with our lifestyle. Read more ›

The Stress-busting Life Hack: Laughter

Who hasn’t been the recipient of the age-old, slightly trite, but oft repeated axioms and well-meaning advice about how to maintain and improve their health?

“Milk, it does a body good.”

“An apple a day keeps the doctor away.”

But if you’re lactose intolerant or not a fan of buying apples that have spent weeks in transit, these aren’t viable options.

Many people agree that a dose of sunshine, a walk in the woods, a few hours fishing, or a day at the beach provide a welcome relief from stress. But if you’ve just left a meeting that’s raised your blood pressure, the boss may not look too kindly on a “nature break” – and let’s face it, nature (and schedules) don’t always cooperate. Add in seasonal allergies and nature time becomes stressful sneezing time.

If you find yourself clenching your teeth or hunching your shoulders and you need a quick stress-buster, consider this free, easy alternative: laughter. Read more ›

How You Can Breathe New Life Into Stressed Cells

Whether you’re gathering a lungful of air to sing a series of sustained notes, or hoping to stop those hiccoughs before a minute or two of annoyance turns into 15 minutes of sustained torture, it’s pretty cool knowing that we have at least some control over our breathing. Read more ›

5 Techniques for Stress-Free Parenting

If other people’s social media feeds were to be believed, we’d think parenting was all cupcakes and cartoons, but it’s not. Parenting is hard. It’s signing up for a minimum of 18 years of patience and understanding. Here are our 5 tips for keeping your cool when dealing with your beloved bundle of added stress. Read more ›

Social Media Got You Down? Here’s How to Turn It Around

Social media can be a blessing and a curse. It’s a great way to stay up-to-date with your friends and family, but it can also drag you down. Whether it’s the sheer volume of information or the negative and politically charged posts, social media can dramatically impact your mental state. Below are six steps to adapting your social media experience to limit the negative and maximize the positive. Read more ›

The Story Behind Our Visual Breath Guide

At Spire, we’re constantly looking for innovative ways we can help our users integrate mindfulness into their busy lifestyles– the real-time Breath Guide gives us a really unique opportunity in this area. After listening to your feedback, we realized that putting in headphones during a stressful situation wasn’t always feasible, so we sought to harness the breath visually in the most immersive way we could imagine. Read more ›

The Hidden Power of Negative Thoughts

It sounds strange. Why would someone who wants to live a more positive life embrace their negative thoughts? Well, surprisingly, due to our nature it is the only way we can build more productive and positive avenues of thinking. Below are the five keys to unlocking the power of your negative thoughts and reversing their influence on your mindset.

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