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15 Things To Look Forward To In 2016

15 Things To Look Forward To In 2016

New Year is already here, and we’re going to witness different types of events. The best way not to miss all the right stuff this year is to know when they’re going to happen and create a reminder in your smartphone. This article brings you 15 things you simply can’t miss this year. Just like Oprah said once “Cheers to a New Year and another chance to get it right.” Let’s find out what to expect in 2016.

1. The X-Files returns

After more than 13 years of absence, the most famous FBI agents in the world, Fox Mulder, and Dana Scully are making their big comeback. Outstanding agents are ready to continue where they left, investigate government’s cover-ups and alien conspiracies.

The X-Files mini-series premieres January 24, 2016, on FOX. First two episodes will be focused on shows mythology while remaining four episodes will bring back classic writers for standalone monster series.

Make sure you don’t miss the new investigations of Mulder and Scully. Remember to switch to FOX and many latest stuff. The truth is out there.

2. Leap day

It isn’t an event per se, but those who were born on February 29 will finally get to celebrate their birthday. Yes, this year we have a leap day. Below, you can see some fun facts about leap years:

The famous poet Lord Byron was born on a leap day

People born on February 29 are called leapers or leaplings

Rapper Ja Rule was born on February 29

Anthony, Texas is the self-proclaimed Leap Year Capital of the World. The town even hosts a festival dedicated to the leap day

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In Greece, getting married on leap day is considered a bad luck

February 29 is also a Rare Disease Day

It is believed that “leapers” have special talents.

3. Batman Vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice

One of the most anticipated movies of the year is Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice. While Batman and Superman are fighting against each other, a new threat Doomsday created by Lex Luthor will endanger mankind. Both superheroes will have to set their differences aside and fight the villain.

The unique plot isn’t the only reason Batman vs. Superman is highly anticipated. People also want to see how Ben Affleck portrayed one of the main characters. Superman is played by Henry Cavill.

Movie’s going to be released in March. See your two favorite superheroes in action in cinemas worldwide.

4. Game of Thrones Season 6

Is Jon Snow alive? What happened to Sansa and Theon Greyjoy aka Reek? How’s Cersei’s revenge going to look like? There are so many questions whose answers will finally go to be replied to in Game of Thrones season 6.

HBO announced the 6th season would premiere in April although they didn’t set the exact date. We’re also going to see Bran, who wasn’t on the show last season. This time, he’s all grown up.

In 2016, you don’t want to miss the most popular show on the planet. If you haven’t watched the show before, start now to catch up.

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5. 2016 Olympics in Rio

Although it ‘s hard to believe that Olympics in London were four years ago, this summer we can enjoy watching one of the most appreciated sports spectacles in the world – Olympics. This year, Rio will be the host and its perfect time to enjoy summer vacation while supporting athletes from your country.

The Olympics will begin on August 5, and the closing ceremony will be held on August 2016. Get the props, buy T-shirts in colors of your country and support the talented athletes who’ll fight for the most prestigious prize ever – the Olympic gold medal.

6. William Shakespeare’s 400th death anniversary

April 23rd marks William Shakespeare’s 400th death anniversary. What many people don’t know is that according to historians, William Shakespeare died on his birthday.

Shakespeare was one of the most notable literary talents in history and played a significant role in development and progress of English language. To mark the death of this genius, make sure you write one of his many plays or sonnets.

7. US Election

The presidential campaigns are heating up, and it’s going to be interesting to see who will replace President Obama as the most powerful man on Earth. What we can expect in 2016 is to see how presidential candidates will occupy world news and fight for their place in the White House. One thing is for sure, US election of 2016 will be one of the most interesting yet.

The elections are scheduled for Tuesday, November 8, 2016, so if you’re a US citizen don’t forget to vote and make your contribution to the history.

8. Euro Cup 2016

2016 is going to be fascinating for all sports fan. Before the Olympics, you can enjoy watching European football teams fight for the title of the best team on the Old continent. The Euro Cup 2016 will be held in France, and it’s going to last for a full month (June 10 – July 10).

Get the tickets and head to France to enjoy a major spectacle watching your favorite players show what they’re made of. Or you can organize Euro Cup watching parties at your home. Have fun.

9. Adele tour

You play Hello and other Adele songs on your phone every day. You sing Adele’s greatest hits in the shower. Well, in 2016 you can watch Adele performing all the marvelous songs that made you cry in your city.

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After announcing European tour dates, Adele also made US fans happy by announcing she will travel across the country as well. The tour will start in July which means you can still get your ticket.

10. Queen of England turns 90

On April 21, 2016, Elizabeth II Queen of England will celebrate her 90th birthday. In 2015, she has become the longest serving monarch in the British history. It will be interesting to see what types of celebrations will the Queen have this year.

If you plan to visit the United Kingdom, you should do so in April and experience the magic from the “first hand.”

11. Jupiter at opposition

The biggest planet in the Solar system will be at its closest approach to Earth, and its face will be fully illuminated by the Sun. It will be brighter than in any other time of the year, and you’ll be able to see Jupiter all night long. Set March 8 in your calendar, get the telescope and don’t miss this astronomic phenomenon.

A good pair of binoculars will also allow you to see Jupiter’s moons appearing as dots on either side of this magnificent planet.

12. Penumbral lunar eclipse

Here’s another astronomic phenomenon that you can’t miss this year – penumbral lunar eclipse on March 23. It occurs when the moon passes through the Earth’s partial shadow or penumbra.

The moon will slightly darken, but not completely. The eclipse will be visible in eastern Asia, eastern Australia, the Pacific Ocean, and the West Coast of America (including Alaska). Don’t miss this great event. Although it’s going to be visible without a telescope, using this “tool” can only add to the magic of the entire experience.

13. 4K screen becomes norm

In 2016, we can expect that 4K screens will take over and become the new standard. There are already tons of 4K monitors and TVs, but not so much on phones. Technology experts assume that’s going to change with the release of new smartphones.

Make sure you watch tech news and get the latest release of your favorite smartphone with new 4K screen. Watching videos and photos on phones will become even better with 4K screens.

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14. Rare transit of Mercury across the Sun

On May 9, 2016, the planet Mercury will move directly between our planet and the Sun. It is a very rare event that only happens once in ages. Viewers with telescopes and solar filters will be able to see the dark disk of the Mercury moving across the face of the Sun. Other transit of Mercury across the Sun will be in 2019 and the next one after that in 2039.

Get your approved solar filters and telescope and don’t miss this rare event.

15. iPhone 7

Apple tends to release new iPhone each year, and it is assumed the biggest tech news and event of the year will occur in September with the release of iPhone 7. Although we still don’t know how this new smart-phone will look like, it’s quite sure the new device won’t have a headphone jack. It means that wired headphones will go through the lightning connector instead, but wireless Bluetooth headphones will work as usual.

Tech experts assume that with the absence of headphone jack Apple is in the bid to make the phone even thinner. The new device will have improved performance and more memory.

Conclusion

Throughout this article, you have had the opportunity to see a broad range of events that will mark 2016. Get ready to plenty of sports events, prepare yourself for the astronomic phenomenon, watch your favorite TV shows, and plan to visit London in April.

Featured photo credit: http://www.shutterstock.com via shutterstock.com

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Why You’re Feeling Tired All the Time (And What to Do About It)

Why You’re Feeling Tired All the Time (And What to Do About It)

Feeling tired all the time?

Have you ever caught yourself nodding off when you’re watching TV, listening to someone drone on during a meeting or even driving a car?

I know I have, especially when I worked 70 hours per week as a High-Tech Executive.

Feeling tired all the time may be more widespread than you think. In fact, two-fifths of Americans are tired most of the week.[1]

If you’re tired of feeling tired, then I’ve got some great news for you. New research is helping us gain critical insights into the underlying causes of feeling tired all the time.

In this article, we’ll discuss the latest reasons why you’re feeling tired all the time and practical steps you can take to finally get to the bottom of your fatigue and feel rested.

What Happens When You’re Too Tired

If you sleep just two hours less than the normal eight hours, you could be as impaired as someone who has consumed up to three beers.[2] And you’ve probably experienced the impact yourself.

Here are some common examples of what happens when you’re feeling tired:[3]

  • You may have trouble focusing because memory and learning functions may be impaired within your brain.
  • You may experience mood swings and an inability to differentiate between what’s important and what’s not because your brain’s neurotransmitters are misfiring.
  • You may get dark circles under your eyes and/or your skin make look dull and lackluster in the short term and over time your skin may get wrinkles and show signs of aging because your body didn’t have time to remove toxins during sleep.
  • You may find it more difficult to exercise or to perform any type of athletic activity.
  • Your immune system may weaken causing you to pick up infections more easily.
  • You may overeat because not getting enough sleep activates the body’s endocannabinoids even when you’re not hungry.
  • Your metabolism slows down so what you eat is more likely to be stored as belly fat.

Are you saying that feeling tired can make me overweight?

Unfortunately, yes!

Feeling tired all the time can cause you to put on the pounds especially around your waist. But it is a classic chicken and egg situation, too.

Heavier people are more likely to feel fatigued during the day than lighter ones. And that’s even true for overweight people who don’t have sleep apnea (source: National Institutes of Health).

Speaking of sleep apnea, you may be wondering if that or something else is causing you to feel tired all the time.

Why Are you Feeling Tired All the Time?

Leading experts are starting to recognize that there are three primary reasons people feel tired on a regular basis: sleep deprivation, fatigue and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS).

Here’s a quick overview of each root cause of feeling tired all of the time:

  1. Tiredness occurs from sleep deprivation when you don’t get high-quality sleep consistently. It typically can be solved by changing your routine and getting enough deep restorative sleep.
  2. Fatigue occurs from prolonged sleeplessness which could be triggered by numerous issues such as mental health issues, long-term illness, fibromyalgia, obesity, sleep apnea or stress. It typically can be improved by changing your lifestyle and using sleep aids or treatments, if recommended by your physician.
  3. Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) is a medical condition also known as Myalgic Encephalomyelitis that occurs from persistent exhaustion that doesn’t go away with sleep.

The exact cause of CFS is not known, but it may be due to problems with the immune system, a bacterial infection, a hormone imbalance or emotional trauma.

It typically involves working with a doctor to rule out other illnesses before diagnosing and treating CFS.[4]

Always consult a physician to get a personal diagnosis about why you are feeling tired, especially if it is a severe condition.

Feeling Tired vs Being Fatigued

If lack of quality sleep doesn’t seem to be the root cause for you, then it’s time to explore fatigue as the reason you are frequently feeling tired.

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Until recently, tiredness and fatigue were thought to be interchangeable. Leading experts now realize that tiredness and fatigue are different.

Tiredness is primarily about lack of sleep.

But fatigue is a perceived feeling of being tired that is much more likely to occur in people who have depression, anxiety or emotional stress and/or are overweight and physically inactive (source: Science Direct).

Symptoms of fatigue include:

  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Low stamina
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Anxiety
  • Low motivation

These symptoms may sound similar to those of tiredness but they usually last longer and are more intense.

Unfortunately, there is no definitive reason why fatigue occurs because it can be a symptom of an emotional or physical illness. But there are still a number of steps you can take to reduce difficult symptoms by making a few simple lifestyle changes.

How Much Sleep Is Enough?

The number one reason you may feel tired is because of sleep deprivation which means you are not getting enough high-quality sleep.

Most adults need 7 to 9 hours of high-quality, uninterrupted sleep per night. If you’re sleep deprived, the amount of sleep you need increases.

So, quantity and quality do matter when it comes to sleep.

The key to quality sleep is being able to get long, uninterrupted sleep cycles throughout the night. It typically takes 90 minutes for you to reach a state of deep REM sleep where your body’s healing crew goes to work.

Ideally, you want to get at least 3 to 4 deep REM sleep cycles in per night. That’s why it’s so important to stay asleep for 7 or more hours.

Research also shows that people who think they can get by on less sleep don’t perform as well as people who get at least seven hours of sleep a night[5] So, you should definitely plan on getting seven hours of deep restorative sleep every night.

If you are not getting 7 hours of high-quality sleep regularly, then sleep deprivation is most likely reason you feel tired all the time.

And that is good news because sleep deprivation is much simpler and easier to address than the other root causes.

It’s also a good idea to rule out sleep deprivation as the reason why you are tired before moving on to the other possibilities such as fatigue or Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, which may require a doctor for diagnosis and treatment.

4 Simple Changes to Reduce Fatigue

Personally, I’m a big believer in upgrading your lifestyle to uplift your life. I overcame chronic stress and exhaustion by making these four changes to my lifestyle:

  1. Eating healthy, home-cooked meals versus microwaving processed foods or eating out
  2. Exercising regularly
  3. Using stressbusters
  4. Creating a bedtime routine to sleep better

So, I know it is possible to change your lifestyle even when you’re working crazy hours and have lots of family responsibilities.

After I made the 4 simple changes in my lifestyle, I no longer felt exhausted all of the time.

In addition, I lost two inches off my waist and looked and felt better than ever.

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I was so excited that I wanted to help others replace stress and exhaustion with rest and well-being, too. That’s why I became a Certified Holistic Wellness Coach through the Dr. Sears Wellness Institute.

Interestingly enough, I discovered that Dr. Sears recommends a somewhat similar L.E.A.N. lifestyle:

  • L is for Lifestyle and means living healthy including getting enough sleep.
  • E is for Exercise and means getting at least 20 minutes of exercise a day ideally for six days a week.
  • A is for Attitude and means thinking positive and reducing stress whenever possible.
  • N is for Nutrition and means emphasizing a right-fat diet, not a low-fat diet.

The L.E.A.N. lifestyle is a scientifically-proven way to reduce fatigue, get to the optimal weight and to achieve overall wellness.[6]

And yes, there does seem to be an important correlation between being lean and feeling rested.

But overall based on my personal experience and Dr. Sear’s scientific proof, the key to not feeling tired all of the time does seem to be 4 simple changes to your lifestyle.

L — Living Healthy

Getting enough high-quality sleep every day is the surefire way to help you feel less fatigued, more rested and better overall.

So, whether you’re sleep deprived or potentially suffering from fatigue or Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, you probably want to find a way to sleep better.

In fact, if you aren’t getting enough sleep, your body isn’t getting the time it needs to repair itself; meaning that if you are suffering from an illness, it’s far more likely to linger.

As unlikely as it sounds, though, fatigue can sometimes make it difficult to sleep. That’s why I’d recommend taking a look at your bedtime routine before you go to bed and optimize it based on sleep best practices.

Here are 3 quick and easy tips for creating a pro-sleep bedtime routine:

1. Unplug

Many of us try to unwind by watching TV or doing something on an iPhone or tablet. But tech can affect your melatonin production due to the blue light that they emit, fooling your body into thinking it’s still daytime.

So turn off all tech one hour before bed and create a tech-free zone in your bedroom.

2. Unwind

Do something to relax.

Use the time before bed to do something you find relaxing such as reading a book, listening to soothing music, meditating or taking an Epsom salt bath.

3. Get Comfortable

Ensure your bed is comfortable and your room is set up for sleep.

Make sure you room is cool. 60-68 degrees is the ideal temperature for most people to sleep.

Also, it’s ideal if your bedroom is dark and there is no noise.

Finally, make sure everything is handled (e.g., laying out tomorrow’s clothes) before you get into your nice, comfy bed.

If your mind is still active, write a to-do list to help you fall asleep faster.[7]

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Above all, be gentle with yourself and count your blessings, some sheep or whatever helps.

This article also offers practical tips to build a bedtime routine: How to Build a Good Bedtime Routine That Makes Your Morning Easier

E — Exercise

Many people know that exercise is good for them, but just can’t figure out how to fit it into their busy schedules.

That’s what happened in my case.

But when my chronic stress and exhaustion turned into systemic inflammation (which can lead to major diseases like Alzheimer’s), I realized it was time to change my lifestyle.

As part of my lifestyle upgrade, I knew I needed to move more.

My friends who exercise all gave me the same advice: find an exercise you like to do and find a specific time in your schedule when you can consistently do it.

That made sense to me.

So, I decided to swim.

I used to love to swim when I was young, but I hadn’t done it for years. The best time for me to do it was immediately after work, since I could easily get an open swim lane at my local fitness club then.

Also, swimming became a nice reason for me to leave work on time. And I got to enjoy a nice workout before eating dinner.

Swimming is a good way to get your cardio or endurance training. But, walking, running and dancing are nice alternatives.

So find an exercise you love and stick to it. Ideally, get a combination of endurance training, strength training and flexibility training in during your daily 20-minute workout.

If you haven’t exercised in a while and have a lot of stress in your life, you may want to give yoga a try because you will increase your flexibility and lower your stress.

A — Attitude

Stress may be a major reason why you aren’t feeling well all of the time. At least that was the case with me.

When I worked 70 hours per week as a High-Tech Executive, I felt chronically stressed and exhausted. But there was one thing that always worked to help me feel calmer and less fatigued.

Do you want to know what that master stress-busting technique was?

Breathing.

But not just any old breathing. It was a special form of deep Yogic breathing called the “Long-Exhale Breathing” or “4-7-8 breathing” or “Pranayama” in Sanskrit).

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Here’s how you do “Long-Exhale Breathing”:

  1. Sit in a comfortable position with your spine straight and your hand on your tummy (so you know you are breathing deeply from your diaphragm and not shallowly from your chest)
  2. Breathe in deeply and slowly from your diaphragm with your mouth closed while you count to 4 (ideally until your stomach feels full of air)
  3. Hold your breath while you count to 7 mentally and enjoy the stillness
  4. Breathe out through your mouth with a “ha” sound while you count to 8 (or until your stomach has no more air in it)
  5. Pause after you finish your exhale while you notice the sense of wholeness and relaxation from completing one conscious, deep, long exhale breath
  6. Repeat 3 times ensuring your exhale is longer than your inhale so you relax your nervous system

This type of “long-exhale breathing” is scientifically proven to reduce stress.

When your exhale is twice as long as your inhale, it soothes your parasympathetic nervous system, which regulates the relaxation response.[8]

Plus, this is a great technique for helping you get to sleep, too.

N — Nutrition

Diet is vital for beating fatigue – after all, food is your main source of energy.

If your diet is poor, then it implies you’re not getting the nutrients you need to sustain healthy energy levels.

Eating a diet for fatigue doesn’t need to be complicated, time-consuming though.

For most people, it’s just a case of swapping a few unhealthy foods for a few healthier ones, like switching from low-fiber, processed foods to whole, high-fiber foods.

Unless your current diet is solely made up of fast food and ready meals, adjusting to a fatigue-fighting diet shouldn’t be too much of a shock to the system.

Here’re 9 simple diet swaps you can make today:

  1. Replace your morning coffee with Matcha green tea and drink only herbal tea within six hours of bedtime.
  2. Add a healthy fat or protein to your any carb you eat, especially if you eat before bed. Please note that carb-only snacks lead to blood-sugar crashes that can make you eat more and they can keep you from sleeping.
  3. Fill up with fiber especially green leafy vegetables. Strive to get at least 25g per day with at least 5 servings (a serving is the size of your fist) of green vegetables.
  4. Replace refined, processed, low-fiber pastas and grains with zucchini noodles and whole grains such as buckwheat, quinoa, sorghum, oats, amaranth, millet, teff, brown rice and corn.
  5. Swap natural sweeteners for refined sugars and try to ensure you don’t get more than 25g of sugar a day if you are a woman and 30g of sugar a day if you are a man.
  6. Replace ice cream with low-sugar alternatives such as So Delicious Dairy-Free Vanilla Bean Coconut Ice Cream.
  7. Swap omega-6, partially-hydrogenated oils such as corn, palm, sunflower, safflower, cotton, canola and soybean oil for omega-3 oils such as flax, olive and nut oils.
  8. Replace high-sugar yoghurts with low-sugar, dairy-free yoghurts such as Kite Hill Plain Yoghurt with 1g sugar or Lifeway Farmer Cheese with 0g sugar.
  9. Swap your sugar-laden soda for sparkling water with a splash of low-sugar juice

Also, ensure your diet is giving you enough of the daily essential vitamins and minerals. Most of us don’t get enough Vitamin D, Vitamin B-12, Calcium, Iron and Magnesium. If you are low on any of the above vitamins and minerals, you may experience fatigue and low energy.

That’s why it’s always worth having your doctor check your levels. If you find any of them are low, then try to eat foods rich in them.

Alternatively, you might consider a high-quality multi-vitamin or specific supplement.

The Bottom Line

If you are tired of feeling tired, then there is tremendous hope.

If you are tired because you are not getting enough high-quality sleep, then the best remedy is a bedtime routine based on sleep best practices.

If you are tired because you have stress and fatigue, then the best remedy are four simple lifestyle changes including:

  • Enough High-Quality Sleep with Bedtime Routine
  • Regular Exercise You Love
  • Stress Reduction with Long-Exhale Breathing
  • Fatigue-Reducing Diet

Overall, adopting a healthier lifestyle Is the ideal remedy for feeling more rested and energized.

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Featured photo credit: Cris Saur via unsplash.com

Reference

[1] YouGov: Two-fifths of Americans are tired most of the week
[2] National Safety Council: Is Your Company Confronting Workplace Fatigue?
[3] The New York Times: Why Are We So Freaking Tired?
[4] Mayo Clinic: Chronic fatigue syndrome
[5] Mayo Clinic: Lack of sleep: Can it make you sick?
[6] Ask Dr. Sears: The L.E.A.N. Lifestyle
[7] American Psychological Association: Getting a Good Night’s Sleep
[8] Yoga International: Learning to Exhale: 2-to-1 Breathing

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