You’ve got your Spire, you’re wearing it correctly, and connected your Spire with the app. Great job! This is a big deal!
Now let’s go through 5 primary features of the Spire app.
1. See what your breathwave looks like now
Tap the circle at the top of the Home screen. (The wave will be smoothest when you are seated.)
The breathwave will rise and fall as you breathe in and out.
See if you can relax such that the wave goes up and down with smooth, long, gradual slopes. This is a quick ‘check-in’ you can use any time to relax.
2. Set up notifications
This was our most requested feature! Now you can set Spire to notify you of shallow breathing.
Go into ‘Settings’ then tap ‘Allow Notifications’ then choose each of the Notifications you want to set.
For example, setting the Tense notification for 7 minutes means you want Spire to notify you if you’re in a period of tension that is lasting at least 7 minutes long. When that happens, Spire will notify you of the Tension and give you an option to do a Calm Boost. If you tap that, you’ll be guided with spoken audio in how to bring your breathing down to a calm pattern.
3. Discover what’s happening when you’re unaware
Spire tracks your steps when you’re on the move and your state of mind when you’re not. (FYI: Spire won’t, for now, tell you that you were ‘walking + calm’ or ‘running + focus’ – it will only show 1 state at a time.)
Here, it’s 9:23pm when I checked the app and saw that I had only been breathing calmly for 13 minutes that day.
You can tap these stats to flip them and see more details.
Here, I flipped a Focus streak card to see its details. The graph plots Focus Score over the streak duration – calculated as a combination of respiration rate and consistency, shown below it. My respiration rate for that period of time was 16.5 breaths per minute and had a smooth consistency score, a metric of how much variability your respiration rate saw during the streak.
4. See how your day is going
Check the Stats screen to see how much time you’ve spent in different states.
Tap each stats to see its data. This can give you an excuse to unwind, take a walk – or even to put those distractions away and get focused! 🙂
Here, I see my goal is to get 60 minutes of activity and I’ve had 3,779 steps so far in 28 minutes while burning 511 calories.
When I tap the Focus stat, I see that I have achieved 7 minutes of Focused breathing on that day.
Tapping the Calm stat shows me my Calm breathing for that day. I’ve reached 13 minutes of calm in 4 different parts of my day. I also had 7 minutes of distinct Tension.
5. Be breath-aware – and control your day
Just by wearing Spire, you may feel more aware of your breathing and how it fluctuates based on thoughts and emotions. This can help you know when you are thinking clearly or feeling reactive.
Whenever you think of your breath, use it as a reminder to:
(1) release any unnecessary tension in your face and body
(2) check to see if your thoughts and actions are in line with your personal values
And that moment, spread throughout our daily lives, can make all the difference.