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

How to Concentrate for Higher Productivity and Happiness

Concentration is a state of mind. It’s a way of engaging with our work, regardless of what that work may be.

This state of mind is not neutral: Concentration can be either unpleasant or energizing. Good concentration can best be described by the concept of flow. Coined by Mihály Csíkszentmihályi in 1975, flow describes a state of mind which is energized, focused and fully immersed in the process at hand. During flow, time moves by imperceptibly and you become completely engrossed in the work. 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