What Causes Anxiety? Your Complete Guide to Anxiety Triggers

Despite the fact that 40 million adults suffer from anxiety disorders, anxiety doesn’t have an easily traceable cause. Like many mental health issues, anxiety is still something that is being figured out.

But there are several theories on how and why anxiety disorders come about. By having a better understanding of where anxiety comes from, you can learn the root cause of your anxiety and yank it out. Read more

How to Calm Down: Manage Your Anger Without Losing Your Head

Nostrils flaring, heated skin, curled fists, and a sweaty brow. You’ve gotten angry before — we all have. It happens, and maybe more often than we’d like.

But you don’t need to let anger take over every time it creeps up. Calming down isn’t out of reach, no matter how furious you may feel. Read more

Everything You Need to Do For a Night of Restful Sleep

Ask almost any person how they’re feeling and they’ll most likely answer “I’m tired.” As many as 76 percent of the working population feels tired throughout the week. Why is it that so many of us struggle to get through the day? Read more

The Four Sleep Stages: What They Are, Why They Matter, and How to Improve Them

In general, we tend to think of sleep as a binary: you’re either asleep or you’re awake. Yet the reality is far more complex and fascinating. Sleep consists of four distinct phases, all of which are essential to short-term energy and long-term health.

In this post, we’ll take a look at each of the stages, examine how they affect your health and explore ways that you can optimize each stage of sleep in order to improve your overall health and well-being.

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Can’t Focus at Work? Try These 6 Tips

Let’s admit it, while we all put in a hard day’s work it can be difficult to stay focused throughout the day. There are social media networks to check. There are TV shows to watch. Why work when you could be instant messaging your best friend? Internet access means distractions are easily accessible. When you can’t focus at work, the end result is that your mind wanders away and your to-do list gets even longer. Read more

What Is Oxidative Stress? How to Identify and Overcome It

Antioxidants. Inflammation. Metabolism. Free radicals.

If you’re interested in health, these terms have at least entered your periphery. They are hard to avoid: During the last few decades, these terms have gained a lot of steam. They are popping up in every conceivable space in the health world — from listicles to food labels to instructions coming from your dietitian’s mouth.

So how do they all relate and how can you process all of this information to make good decisions about your health? Read more

9 Ways to Think Calm and Happy Thoughts

Many, if not all of us, are on a journey to find happiness. But happiness isn’t an end destination — it’s an ongoing practice, much like patience or mindfulness. More often than not, we can choose to be happy. We can train our brain to be positive. We can let happy thoughts flow in and out of us. A happy life is within reach; we just have to make sure we’re equipped with the right tools to reach for it. Read more

What Is an Anxiety Attack?

Anxiety attacks are scary and common. They are an offshoot of anxiety disorders, which affect up to 18 percent of the U.S. population. Indeed, one of the worst parts of anxiety disorders are the resulting anxiety attacks.

During anxiety attacks, sufferers can feel like they have lost all control. Some may even feel as though they are dying.

If you’re worried you might have had an anxiety attack or want to understand what they are, this article will help you learn about them, how they manifest, and how you can deal with them. Read more

6-Step Morning Routine for Less Stress and More Productivity

A good morning routine can completely overhaul your life. But waking up is hard, and you don’t want to do something complicated. Very few people have the time or energy early in the morning for a hour-long workout and reading book chapters, as some recommend.

Instead, consider this easy, effective morning routine. Read more

8 Relaxing Gifts for Someone Who’s Stressed Out

Know a stressed friend? Who doesn’t! Young or old, female or male, everyone is stressed nowadays. The perfect, one-size-fits-all gift idea is a relaxing gift.

With so many relaxing gifts to choose from, picking one can become an ironic source of stress. Here at Spire, we’ve got a whole team of relaxation experts. It’s safe to say that we know exactly what the Stressed Sam or Sally in your life needs most to feel more at ease. Read on to learn our top eight relaxing gift ideas that will help your loved one discover a new state of calm. Read more