“One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain.”
Think about the pulsating beams of lights through the crowd with fans singing in harmony; music events are bliss. As much as you enjoy listening to music on your phone or on a music player, going to a music event will cause an adrenaline rush to pass through your body.Advertising
Many people consider going to a music event once in their life to see their favorite artist or a band playing and why shouldn’t they? You add golden memories in the pages of your lives, get to enjoy with your friends and family, and find stories to rejoice with your sons and grandchildren in the days to come.
Take a break from your work and get ready to enjoy the moment in your life as you plan to go to any of these top 10 most expected music events in 2016.
1. South By South West — Austin, TX (March 15–20)
Set to happen in the musical serenity in Texas this March, South By South West is a hipster festival that attracts music lovers from all over the world. A place to jam and uncover new raw talents, SXSW has been known to be one of the most rocking music events in the United States—remember Lady Gaga performing in 2014? This event is valued so highly that even President Barack Obama is planning for it.Advertising
2. Ultra Music Festival — Miami, FL (March 18–20)
Being organized in the city of parties this year in March, the Ultra is the most famous EDM festival in North America. Featuring several top artists including Avicii, David Guetta, Skrillex, and Die Antword, among others last year, the Ultra music festival is synonymous to fun and parties, of course.
3. Coachella — Indio, CA (April 15–17, April 22–24)
One of the most talked about concerts through the world, Coachella takes place in the middle of a desert and features several top artists and band performances every year. If you are a fan of rock music and fancy watching Guns N’ Roses playing, do everything you need to to get a ticket this year.
4. Beale Street — Memphis, TN (April 29–May 1)
Having featured several artists like Ed Sheeran, Paramore, Five Finger Death Punch, The Avett Brother, and The Flaming Lips among others in 2015, Beale Street festival is known for a variety of music events in one weekend. If you have scattered taste in music, this eclectic festival is what you need to attend this year.Advertising
5. Hangout Fest — Gulf Shores, AL (May 20–22)
Music on the beach; yes, that is what Hangout Fest is all about. Set aside in the beautiful coastlines in Alabama, the Hangout Fest featured artists and bands like Foo Fighters, Zac Brown Band, Beck, Skrillex, and Paramore among others. If you want to chill out, get drunk and enjoy wildly, get prepared for serious shredding as you set yourself to go to the Hangout fest this year in May.
6. CounterPoint Festival- Kingston Downs, GA (TBA)
Having started in 2012, CounterPoint is already considered as one of America’s best electronic festivals today. DJ music, flood lights and people dancing to the beat is what this music event is all about. Last year in 2015, The Roots, Chet Faker, iLoveMakonnen, Widespread Panic, and more performed and set the crowd on fire.
7, Sasquatch! Music Festival — George, WA (May 27–30)
A music festival that sold out in a record 90 minutes in 2013, the music event in Sasquatch! is what has several memorable musical moments. Happening for the 15th time this year at the Gorge Amphitheater in Quincy, Washington on Memorial Day Weekend, several artists like A$AP Rocky, The Cure, Kurt Vile, Shamir, Rudimental, and more are set to appear in 2016. So, go ahead and book a ticket to be a part of one of America’s best music event this year.Advertising
8. Electric Daisy Carnival — Mexico City (Feb 27–28), Las Vegas (June 17–19), UK (July 9), Tokyo(July)
Taking place in four different cities in the world, the Electric Daisy Carnival went international last year. Best known for its timing that happens after the sunset until the sun rises again the next day, this music event is a blast. And if you are going to Vegas, remember, what ever happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas.
9. Governors Ball — New York, NY (June 3–5)
The Governors Ball music festival in New York never disappoints when it comes to having top artists around the world in their lineups. Known to be synonymous to “the show must go on,” this music event features artists from every genre and see them singing in harmony with fans as they bounce and rock the stage close to the Robert F. Kennedy Bridge. If you loved Madonna stage-hopping or Lana Del Rey, Drake, Black Keys and more performing last year, you need to get there in June this year too.
10. Bonnaro — Manchester, TN (June 9–12)
If there’s a music festival that can go head to head against other festivals organized in the United States, it’s Bonnaro. Set outside in the open and providing the greatest camping experience you can ever have, the Bonnaro music festival is what is known to be next to “hardcore.” Get ready to sing your heart out in Tennessee for you are sure to mark this event among the best musical experience of your life.
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Last Updated on December 9, 2019
5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively
Everyone experiences mental stress at one time or another. Maybe you’re starting a new career, job, or business, or you feel incredibly overwhelmed between work, parenting, and your love life (or a lack of it). It could even be that you simply feel that you have way too much to do and not enough time to do it, plus, on top of everything, nothing seems to be going the way it should!
Yup, we all experience mental stress from time-to-time, and that’s okay as long as you have the tools, techniques and knowledge that allow you to fully relieve it once it comes.
Here are 5 tips for relieving mental stress when it comes so you can function at your best while feeling good (and doing well) in work, love, or life:
1. Get Rationally Optimistic
Mental stress starts with your perception of your experiences. For instance, most people get stressed out when they perceive their reality as “being wrong” in some way. Essentially, they have a set idea of how things “should be” at any given moment, and when reality ends up being different (not even necessarily bad), they get stressed.
This process is simply a result of perception and can be easily “fixed” by recognizing that although life might not always be going as YOU think it should, it’s still going as it should—for your own benefit.
In fact, once you fully recognize that everything in your life ultimately happens for your own growth, progress, and development—so you can achieve your goals and dreams—your perception works in your favor. You soon process and respond to your experience of life differently, for your advantage. That’s the essence of becoming “rationally optimistic.”
The result: no more mental stress.
Just like you might need to unplug your computer when it starts acting all crazy, you should also “unplug” your mind.
How on earth do you unplug your mind? Simple: just meditate.
It isn’t nearly difficult or complicated as some people think, so, if you don’t already meditate, give it a try. Whether you meditate for 5 minutes, 30 minutes, or 2 hours, this is a surefire way to reduce mental stress.
Meditation has been scientifically proven to relax your body (resulting in less mental stress), while also reducing anxiety and high blood pressure.
3. Easy on the Caffeine
Yes, we know, we know—everyone loves a nice java buzz, and that’s okay, but there’s a fine line between a small caffeine pick-me-up and a racing heart and mind that throws you into a frenzy of mental stress.
Try giving up caffeine for a while and see how you feel. And, if that’s completely out of the question for you, at least try to minimize it. You might find that lots of your mental stress mysteriously “disappears” as your caffeine intake goes down.
4. Attack Mental Stress Via the Back Door
That’s right: your body and mind are part of the whole being, and are constantly influencing and affecting each other. If you’re experiencing a lot of mental stress, try to reduce it by calming your body down—a calm body equals a calmer mind.
How do you calm your body down and reduce physical stress? A great way to reduce physical stress (thereby reducing mental stress) is to take natural supplements that are proven to reduce stress and anxiety while lifting your mood. Three good ones to look into are kava-kava, St John’s wort, and rhodiola rosea:
- Kava-kava is a natural plant known to have mild sedative properties, and you should be able to find it at your natural health food store or vitamin store. It’s available in capsules or liquid extract form.
- St John’s wort is a natural flower used to treat depression. Again, it’s found at your local health store in capsules or liquid. Because it uplifts mood (enabling you to see the brighter side of all experiences) it helps relieve mental stress as well.
- Rhodiola rosea is a natural plant shown to reduce stress and uplift mood, and Russian athletes have been using it forever. Like the other two supplements mentioned, rhodiola rosea can be found at your natural health store in capsule or liquid form.
While these supplements are all natural and can be very helpful for most people, always check with your health care provider first as they can cause side-effects depending on your current health situation etc.
5. Good Old-Fashioned Exercise
This tip has been around forever because it works. Nothing relieves mental stress like running, kickboxing—you name it. Anything super-physical will wipe out most of your mental stresses once the exercise endorphins (happy chemicals) are released into your brain.
The result: mental stress will be gone!
So, if you’re feeling overwhelmed or just plain stressed, try using some of the above tips. You can even print this out or save it to refer to regularly.
More to Help You Feel Relaxed
- The Importance of Scheduling Downtime
- 3 Deep Breathing Exercises to Relax and Reduce Stress
- How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressed
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