The First Stress Tracker Wants to Show You How to Breathe Better
We’re about to unlock a serious life hack for you. You know the whole “breathing” thing? You’re doing it wrong. :-/ And for something that you do 16 times a minute (take a breath, that is) you should be better at it. Like a mini yogi in your pocket, Spire is a new activity tracker that cares less about how many calories you burned today or the number of steps you took. It’s more concerned with your breathing, focusing, relaxing and (if it has its way) not stressing.
With the promise that it will “track your body, breath and mind,” Spire is the first like it that strives to improve your mental and your physical well being. How you breathe both reflects and influences how you feel and how your mind is functioning — consider it a happy or vicious cycle, depending on where you’re at.
Heading into an important meeting, rushing to meet a deadline, juggling everything on your daily calendar — stresses like these give your bod a couple options: fight. Or flight. The pager-shaped device fits in your pocket or, better yet, hooks onto your bra strap to monitor your breathing patterns during the day in real time using a patent-pending sensor. It analyzes your om sweet om, sending streaming data about your stress levels to the cloud. It knows when your breath becomes shallow and sends a messages to your phone to get you to inhale and exhale deeper and with more care. Not because it’s a control freak, but because it knows checking back in with yourself could make your day a little better.
The simple action of thoughtful breathing could also make your life better. Stress has some negative short and long term affects on your bod, inside and out and Spire points out that even a few deep breaths here and there could ease pressure on your heart. Yikes — but made ya breathe just now, didn’t we ;)?
While you may not wear it with the intention of keeping you company at the gym, Spire will still count your steps and track your daily actions to paint a (pretty, might we add?) picture of your daily health. And, hey, maybe you’ll start seeing that those extra steps taken helped you have a more peaceful day.
You’re used to your phone going off with all sorts of emails and alerts asking you to respond, stay late tonight, pick up this on your way home. With Spire, your alerts are actually encouraging you to check something even more important off of your to do list — doing you! Peace of mind and body doesn’t come free; you can pre-order Spire now for $119, expected to ship around September.
Have you ever tried breathing exercises? Do you think a tracker like Spire could take your relaxation to the next level?
Pocket doors are so delightful in and of themselves. They appear when you need them, get tucked away when you don't, and make it easy to define rooms while keeping an open floor plan. Add to the pocket door a joyful patterned wallpaper surprise, and you will be sent right into fits of visual jubilation! Or something ;) Today we're sharing two simple and impactful pocket door makeovers that zhuzh up your space in a jiffy.
Anjelika Temple here, co-founder of Brit + Co and proud owner of several pocket doors! When I moved into my first real grown-up house a couple years ago, I knew I wanted to incorporate wallpaper so reached out to our friends at Chasing Paper to see how we might collaborate. It felt like a total lightbulb moment when I realized I could create a surprise pop of pattern on a couple sets of pocket doors.
Not only is it a whimsical way to bring color into a space, but the doors double as picture-perfect backdrops for all your SFH (selfies from home, obvs).
A few pro tips about install:
- Removable wallpaper is miraculously forgiving! You can take it on and off multiple times without it losing integrity (or mucking up your surface).
- I ordered this adhesive wallpaper installation kit with a squeegee and xacto knife and it worked super well. I also recommend a sharp pair of scissors for cutting longer lines.
- This is a two-person job! Get a friend, put on a playlist, and get ready to bond.
- Wild, organic patterns like Tally are great because it's challenging to spot any imperfections in pattern alignment; keep pattern choice in mind if you've got a lot of corners to match up. More geometric patterns and larger shapes leave less room for error (but are awesome in their own right!).
BATHROOM POCKET DOORS
In our primary bathroom, we chose the wallpaper pattern Tally, designed by Kelly Ventura, in White and Navy. In our space, the navy reads as a soft black, which is perfect for the space. It's easy to combine an ever-rotating collection of linens with the Tally pattern.
I love how the white trim becomes the perfect frame around this pocket door piece of art.
My favorite moment in this space is the fact that you actually get a third pop of pattern thanks to our serendipitously placed mirror!
And yes, this one works pretty darn well as a backdrop too ;)
LIVING ROOM DOUBLE DOORS
This set of doors is definitely a focal point of our home. It separates our living room from our primary bedroom which opens onto our backyard. The doors are pretty much always open, but when they're closed we wanted to evoke a fun, nature-inspired vibe. With that in mind, we selected the Lines and Moons pattern by Thimblepress in Green and Brown.
Earth mama vibes up in here! I love how the shapes and colors echo the ferns you see through the windows and the acorn wood details throughout the house.
Love this pattern moment, and xacto-ing out the door handle is def on the oddly satisfying DIY list.
For a pattern lover like me, I love that now I have this instant photo backdrop!
Thanks to Chasing Paper for providing these rolls of pure pattern amazingness. Head to chasingpaper.com to find our own favorites and start adding patterns to your home!
(Wallpaper wingwoman: Kayla Haykin; Photography: Kurt Andre)