Anxiety Attack Symptoms: 14 Physical and Mental Signs

If you suffer from anxiety, you may have also experienced an anxiety attack.

Commonly known as a panic attack, an anxiety attack is when feelings of dread or anxiety become extreme and a person experiences a physical reaction and intense fear. The physical symptoms are so strong that people believe they are having a heart attack or are dying, often causing them to seek help at an emergency room. Knowing what an anxiety attack looks like before it happens can help you recognize the attack, seek the proper treatment and equip you with the knowledge to prevent anxiety attacks in the future. Read more

Meditation for Kids: How to Stop Unruly Behavior

Yoga and meditation are useful techniques for dealing with the stress and anxiety to which adults are commonly exposed. But adults are not the only ones suffering from stress and anxiety. Kids can suffer from the same kinds of emotional and mental strain, although sources of that stress may be different. Mindfulness practices can be very helpful for these younger practitioners. Read more

Do This When You’re Too Busy for Daily Meditation

You’re busy. You go from meeting to meeting, then to your workout, then out with friends. It’s hard to carve out time to meditate. We all know mindfulness has proven benefits, but how do we go about fitting it into our normal everyday hectic lifestyles? Below are four tools you can use to squeeze meditation into even the busiest of schedules. They’re ordered by the amount of time they take, from shortest to longest, and they’ll all help you boost productivity, establish calm, and live your best self.   Read more

Share Spire, Help People & Earn Cash

People around the world are using Spire to reconnect with their body, be more productive, and sleep better at night.

“Spire is a sleek, beautiful tracker that monitors your breathing patterns and activity to give you a snapshot of how you’re feeling.” -BuzzFeed

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Breathing Techniques for the Holidays

The holidays can be a time of stress and anxiety. Below are three breathing techniques that can help you and your clients and patients deal with these issues by cultivating energy, reducing stress, and restoring focus.

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What I Learned From My First Week With Spire

When our users first try out Spire, there is usually a range of emotional feedback. Below is what a new user learned after her first week with Spire.

I started using Spire about a week ago. It’s been great, but I’m almost embarrassed to admit what I’ve learned so far. My first day of using it was a Thursday, and not a day I thought was particularly stressful. I put the Spire on in the morning, clipped into onto my pants and noticed that I started out the day mostly focused, and calm. But then I was surprised that pretty much the minute I opened my computer, my Spire let me know I was tense. I didn’t feel particularly tense, going through my regular routine of emails, but once I started to pay attention I did notice a tightness in my chest. Read more

Why Are Americans Really Giving Thanks…A Break Before Christmas Stress?

holiday_stress1We like to think of the holiday season as a time to stop, relax, and breathe. The two breaks before the end of the year, Thanksgiving and Christmas, represent a dedicated time of calm for Americans. But how do the two different breaks really compare in relation to our stress levels?
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22 Twitter Influencers Leading the Mindfulness Revolution

We searched through Twitter to identify the people and institutions that provide us wisdom and a sense of calm. Check out these 22 influencers, across all walks of life and history, leading the Mindfulness Revolution!

1. @DalaiLama: His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama is a Tibetan Buddhist monk.
The Dalai Lamas are believed to be manifestations of Avalokiteshvara or Chenrezig, the Bodhisattva of Compassion and the patron saint of Tibet. Bodhisattvas are believed to be enlightened beings who have postponed their own nirvana and chosen to take rebirth in order to serve humanity.

2. @thichnhathanh: Thích Nhất Hạnh is a Vietnamese Buddhist monk, peace activist and author known around the world for his teachings on mindfulness.

3. @AmmaChimes: Sri Mātā Amṛtānandamayī Devī, also known as ‘Amma Mama’ or the ‘Hugging Saint’ is a Hindu spiritual leader and revered as a guru by her followers.

4. @AniPemaChodron: Pema Chödrön is an American Buddhist nun in the lineage of the Tibetan Buddhist master Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, founder of the Shambhala Buddhist tradition. She is a respected author and was one of the first women to become a fully ordained nun in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition.

5. @snatamk: Snatam Kaur Khalsa is an American singer, and author who promotes peace and within the Kundalini Yoga tradition.

6. @_MichaelStone: Michael Stone is Buddhist teacher, writer, mental health advocate and social activist.

7. @andypuddicombe: Andy Puddicombe is a former Buddhist monk with a degree in Circus Arts, and founder of “Headspace,” a guided meditation app.

8. @AlanWattsDaily: Alan Watts was a British philosopher, writer, and speaker, known for his teachings of Eastern philosophy for Western students before his passing in Northern California in 1973.

9. @JudithYoga: Judith Lasater is a yoga teacher and author. She studied under B.K.S. Iyengar and helped to popularize Iyengar Yoga and Restorative Yoga across North America.

10. @RumiQuotes: ‘Rumi’ (alāl ad-Dīn Muhammad Rūmī) was a 13th-century Persian poet, jurist, Islamic scholar, theologian, and Sufi mystic.

11. @babaramdass: Ram Dass is a spiritual teacher, author and cultural figure who wrote the seminal “Be Here Now” in 1971.

12. @JackKornfield: Jack Kornfield is an American Buddhist teacher. He is a founder of the Spirit Rock Center in Marin County, California.

13. @EckhartTolle: Eckhart Tolle is a German- born Canadian spiritual author who wrote “The Power of Now” in 1999.

14. @MindfulMomma: Micaela Preston is an author and blogger focused on helping mom’s make mindful decisions for the health and wellbeing of the families.

15. @tinybuddha: Tiny Buddha is a mindfulness and inspirational wisdom website founded by author Lori Deschene that seeks to provide “simple wisdom for complex lives.”

16. @dailyzen: Daily Zen offers daily Buddhist teachings in tidbits to calm the mind, cultivated by author Charlie Ambler.

17. @EsalenInstitute: Esalen Institute is headquartered in Big Sur, California and a leading center for exploring and realizing human potential through experience, education, and research.

18. @omega_institute: Omega Institute is a non-profit educational retreat center located in Rhinebeck, New York that seeks to awaken the best in the human spirit & cultivates the extraordinary potential that exists in us all.

19. @plumvillageom: Plum Village is a Buddhist meditation center in Dordogne, Southern France. It was founded by Thích Nhất Hạnh and fellow Vietnamese monastic Chân Không, in 1982.

20. @MindfulOnline: Mindful Online is an American non-profit that promotes the best of mindfulness- based practice and support for the community of mindfulness practitioners.

21. @LondonMindful: The Mindfulness Project is headquartered in London England, and is the first dedicated space for secular mindfulness, meditation and mindful living.

22. @OMC_mindfulness: The Oxford Mindfulness Centre, within Oxford University’s Department of Psychiatry, is one of the first academic institutions working to prevent depression & enhance human potential through the therapeutic use of mindfulness.

America’s First Electoral Stress Score

Dear Spire Community,

At Spire, we’ve spent years studying how to identify, quantify, and manage stress. Last night was no different.

As you may imagine, in the past 24 hours, we’ve seen a TON of spikes on both ends of the calm/anxiety spectrum.

More specifically, we’ve been able to pinpoint America’s most dramatic moments of tension as they correlate to the final stretch of last night’s electoral vote count.

In short? Meet America’s first Electoral Stress Score.

Trump tension

Compared to the average nightly baseline, here are a few key takeaways from our sample of 3,000 people across the US:

  • Between 7:00PM PT & 8:00PM PT, as Trump’s path to election became more clear, Americans’ stress levels began to rise
  • Between 10:40PM PT & 11:00PM PT (PENNSYLVANIA CALLED) we saw a 30% increase in stress levels
  • When the election called for Trump, between 11:20PM PT & 11:40PM PT, there was a 50% increase in stress levels

One simple ask of all of you today: remember to take a deep breath and be mindful of your stress.

Sincerely,

Spire Team

How to Calmly Vote and Watch the Election Results

This election has caused a great amount of stress and anxiety for most of the American population. However, we can look at this influx of stress as a positive, since it has led us to practice our mindfulness skills to find calm and diffuse tense situations! Below are tips on how to stay calm while in the voting booth and when awaiting the election results.

Research your props and measures beforehand 

If you study the props and measures for your state and county before going to vote, you will be less stressed on voting day. Keep track of how you plan to vote by marking your voter guide with your decisions and take it with you into the voting booth. Preparing beforehand will make voting a quick and informed process.

Walk to your voting place

A walk is a great way to check in with your body and mind. Taking a walk to your voting place will allow you the time to mindfully acknowledge how you feel before placing your vote. This will bring you to a place of calm so you are ready to make your election decisions once you enter the voting booth.

Take screen breaks while watching the results

Watching the election results come in is one of the most fun, and anxiety inducing, parts of the election season! To fight against creating too much stress for yourself as you watch, take breaks from the news and social media to recenter and find calm. When you take those breaks, use them to practice mindfulness by focusing on your breath.

Speaking of focusing on the breath…

When you start to feel your tension rise, or you get your Spire notifying you that you are tense, remember to take a moment to stop and take a few deep breaths.

Good luck to all of us on November 8th!