How to Lower Resting Heart Rate and Protect Your Heart Health

How can you tell if you’re healthy? There are so many indicators you could choose from, including how long you can run, how good you feel, and how much you can lift. But if there’s one health indicator you should really be keeping track of, it’s your resting heart rate. Read more

How to Check Your Pulse and What You Can Learn From It

Your pulse is the measure of the beat of your heart. What you are feeling when you feel your pulse is blood bursting through your arteries each time your heart beats. At any age, your pulse is a way to gather information on how healthy you are, if you’re stressed, or if you’re pushing hard enough during a workout. Read more

The Only 5 Stress Management Activities You’ll Ever Need

Ever feel overwhelmed? Like everyone’s problems are weighing on your shoulders? Although some stress is an inevitable part of life, stress due to endless demands on your time and a constant completing of “productive” tasks is a sure-fire way to get burnt out. Read more

The Hidden Power of Negative Thinking

Life coaches, happiness gurus, and therapists of all stripes say the same thing: feeling happy starts with happy thoughts. They say: think positive! Banish negative thoughts from your mind, and fill it with images of achievements and that sports car you’ve always wanted. While positive thinking certainly has an important role to play in success, it turns out that negative thoughts may play an important role in enabling you to create the life you want. 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

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

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

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

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