Facing the Real World: How to Deal With Post Grad Depression

Graduating from college is a Kodak moment in your life. It marks the transition from being a kid to being a full-fledged adult. It can also seem to be a source of relief, as release from studying means a release from all-nighters, stress, and a very tight budget.

As exciting as graduating from college may be, it is a major transition. And as with all major transitions, the change can have some pretty drastic effects on a person’s emotions. You may initially feel a surge of happiness but then be confronted with a painful emotional state: depression. Read more

The Most Profound Stress Quotes

In today’s high-pressure world, it’s easy to sweat the small stuff and let stress levels get out of hand. Stress is one of the most common and pervasive mental health problems in our society. Its effects range from mild emotional discomfort to severe health issues.

Of course, stress isn’t all bad. It’s often that extra push we need to hit the next deadline or finally get the house organized. But stress can be harmful when there’s too much of it with no pause for relaxation. Read more

Mindful Breathing In 7 Easy Steps

As you read this article, you are breathing. Without a thought, you are expanding your rib cage, letting in a full breath of air, filtering the air, and delivering oxygen to your cells. Incredible, isn’t it? And yet most of us don’t think about our breath.

Indeed, taking time to contemplate is a luxury. With constant demands on our time — kids, work, social life — it seems impossible to sit down and do nothing but think. Read more

The Health Problems Caused by Sleeping Too Much

Sleep is one of the most important functions of our daily lives. It contributes to our mental health and physical well-being. Not getting enough sleep is problematic. But it turns out that long sleepers need to be careful too. Longer sleep doesn’t necessarily mean fewer health problems. 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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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

Shift Work Sleep Disorder: How to Identify and Treat It

Working twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week has become common. Medical staff, call center agents, government workers and various other jobs require workers to be on hand at all times, which means someone has to work night and rotating shifts.

While this schedule has become commonplace for many people, it is not without dangers and health impacts. Many people have a hard time sleeping during the day or getting sufficient sleep when their schedules change so frequently.

Those who have sleep problems due to shift work suffer from Shift Work Sleep Disorder, and it can be a major problem. Read on to learn about this disorder and what can be done to mitigate the negative effects of our on-demand work culture. Read more

Meditation for Sleep: 6 Videos for a Restful Night

Sleep is an incredibly important part of life. When you’re able to get a good night’s sleep, you feel refreshed during the day and can meet your responsibilities with ease. However, if you spend your nights tossing and turning, you’ll likely go through your day in a haze. More than that, you’ve got to make sure you’re getting restful sleep, not just closing your eyes.

Unfortunately, many of us don’t take time to establish a healthy bedtime routine.

Thousands of people across the world use guided meditation to help them get to sleep at night. Read more