I believe that a healthy lifestyle goes beyond what you eat and how much you move your body. While those are important, there is something even vitally more important – a healthy mind. And these days because of how busy and distracted we are, it’s even more critical than ever that we spend some time paying attention to our emotional health as well. An unhealthy mind can cause depression, make it difficult to be productive, keep you awake at night and even weaken your immune system. An unhealthy mind can essentially sabotage the positive effects that eating right and exercise can offer.
- Have you ever indulged in junk food because of an emotional event and regretted it later?
- Have you ever not gone to the gym because you just couldn’t find the motivation to get out of bed?
- Have you ever done everything right with your diet and fitness yet still felt run-down and sick a lot?
Who hasn’t right? A lot of this can be overcome with mindfulness.
What is mindfulness?
Mindfulness is simply the energy of being aware of and awake to, everything that is happening in the present moment.
7 Benefits of Meditation and Mindfulness
- Reduces stress
- Helps you sleep
- Enhances the immune system
- Increases focus
- Boosts mood
- Improves brain health
- Supports weight loss
These are just a few of the many benefits of meditation, so how could you not want to start focusing on mindfulness right away? But if it was that easy, everyone would be doing it, right? Mindfulness requires some deliberate action on your part. Eventually it can become a more natural part of your routine, but in the beginning you really need to be intentional about incorporating it into your daily life.
How to Actually Achieve Them
Ok great. So you’ve committed to including meditation and mindfulness into your life. You want to experience the positive benefits it can offer. Now what? How do you start? What exactly do you do? How do you know if it’s working?
- You could read a book.
- You could listen to an audio book.
- You could hire a life coach.
- You could download an app.
Or, you can get a Spire Mindfulness + Activity Tracker.
Have you ever had an aunt or someone constantly correct your posture, and then found yourself sitting more upright whenever you are around them? There is something to be said for having someone nag you about something in order to inspire you to make a change. Well, the Spire wearable tracker is like that nagging aunt, but in a good way.
Spire Mindfulness + Activity Tracker
The Spire wearable tracker acts as your very own personal mindfulness trainer or coach. It works by tracking your breathing and making you more aware of when you are focused, calm or tense. It also tracks your activity, measuring steps and calories so it can actually replace your current activity tracker with the added benefit of helping you become more mindful.
The Spire Mindfulness + Activity Tracker resembles a stone, and easy to wear discretely at your waist or on your bra. It syncs with the Spire app and alerts you to changes in your focus or calm with gentle vibrations. Much more fun to deal with than a nagging aunt.
The battery lasts about a week and it charges wirelessly via the included charging pad. The app tells you when the battery is low.
I have been amazed to discover that some events that I thought were relaxing, were actually tense moments for myself. For example, I play a game on my phone at times when I need a break from work and I always thought it was a way to relax, but the Spire wearable tracker actually told me I was tense while I was playing. I had no idea! Now, instead of playing a game, I actually listen to one of the meditation boosts available in the Spire app. They are anywhere from 30 seconds long to 10 minutes long and help you learn to meditate with different boosts for focus, rest, work, love, energy, breathing, eating and more. I love these boosts, they help me shut out the rest of the world. The voices are so soothing and really help me focus while I’m experiencing the exercises.
My most favorite times are when I am focusing on work or some other task and my Spire wearable tracker vibrates and tells me how long of a focus streak I had just experienced. It does the same thing when I am tense, calm, sedentary or active offering direct feedback right when I need it.
You can find more information about the Spire fitness tracker here: Spire Mindfulness + Activity Tracker.