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23 Valentine’s Day Movies People Never Get Bored Of

23 Valentine’s Day Movies People Never Get Bored Of

Valentine’s Day is a great day to cuddle up and watch a movie about love. In fact, they actually made a movie called Valentine’s Day, but it was just a rip-off of Love, Actually. With so many sappy movies out there, it’s hard to sift out the good from just more of the same.

So we’ve done the work for you! Here are twenty-three of the best romantic movies ever made to watch on Valentine’s Day.

23 – Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)

    In this moving film, it is slowly revealed that a couple chose to have a procedure that erased memories of each other. Jim Carrey plays Joel, opposite Kate Winslet playing Clementine. As the movie slowly reveals loving and intimate moments in their relationship, you become more and more emotionally involved in the story.

    Best Quote

    Joel: “I could die right now, Clem. I’m just… happy. I’ve never felt that before. I’m just exactly where I want to be.”

    22 – About Time (2013)

      Tim Lake (played by Domhnall Gleeson) discovers a superpower when he turns 21: he can travel in time and change past events. While he could try doing any number of things to make the world a better place, he decides to use his power to…get a girlfriend. His romantic interest is Mary (played by Rachel McAdams), and their relationship endures its share of trials and tribulations.

      This film is from the creators of Love Actually, and it’s worth a try for anyone looking for a well-done romantic comedy.

      Best Quote

      Tim: [voiceover] “We’re all traveling through time together, every day of our lives. All we can do is do our best to relish this remarkable ride.”

      21 – The Notebook (2004)

        The Notebook is beloved by women everywhere for good reason. Allie (Rachel McAdams) is such a warm and likable character, pursued by the equally charming Noah (Ryan Gosling). Their love story withstands many tests but we realize that it lasts into their old age.

        Wonderful performances by McAdams and Gosling have made this a super-popular and award-winning film. It might be cheesy, but it’s heartwarming and genuine too.

        Best Quote

        Noah: “I am nothing special; just a common man with common thoughts, and I’ve led a common life. There are no monuments dedicated to me and my name will soon be forgotten. But in one respect I have succeeded as gloriously as anyone who’s ever lived: I’ve loved another with all my heart and soul; and to me, this has always been enough.”

        20 – Love and Basketball (2000)

          While many romance movies are difficult for men to watch, Love & Basketball helps draw male viewers into this “chick flick” genre becuase of its underlying sports theme. Quincy (Omar Epps) and Monica (Sanaa Lathan) meet on the basketball court as kids. Their love/hate relationship develops as their lives continually intersect – they’re both pursuing their individual dreams of playing pro ball.

          If you’re young, enjoy sports, or crave passion, this movie’s for you.

          Best Quote

          Monica says, “It’s a trip, you know? When you’re a kid, you see the life you want, and it never crosses your mind that it’s not gonna turn out that way.”

          19 – Cactus Flower (1969)

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            Kate Hudson’s mom, Goldie Hawn, won an Oscar for her portrayal of Toni Simmons, a confused 21-year old woman in a relationship with an older man (Walter Matthau). Although it sort of looks like an Austin Powers film, Hawn’s wit and charm allows you to still get into it.

            The complicated love story is about the various lies a dentist tells to keep a relationship. Interestingly enough, the story was appropriated by by Adam Sandler in Just Go With It (2011).

            Best Quote

            Toni Simmons: “Now why don’t you go back and mind your own business like everyone else in New York City?”

            18 – Lost in Translation (2004)

              Although it’s one of those bleak comedies, Lost in Translation has a great romance at its heart. Bob Harris (Bill Murray) and Charlotte (Scarlett Johansson) really capture what it feels like to be traveling somewhere completely unfamiliar and wanting a connection. The brief moments of Anna Farris spoofing Cameron Diaz add just the right amount of laughs to tide you over, until the moment when Bob whispers something in Charlotte’s ear and they say goodbye.

              Best Quote

              Charlotte: “Let’s never come here again because it would never be as much fun.”

              17 – When in Rome (2010)

                Although Forgetting Sarah Marshall is Kristen Bell’s most popular role, her performance in When in Rome (2010) is underrated. Bell plays Beth, an ambitious New Yorker who steals some coins from a famous love fountain in Italy during her sister’s wedding. Because of her theft, she’s chased down by Danny DeVito, Will Arnett, Jon Heder, and Dax Shepard, who are under a love spell.

                The movie is lighthearted, funny, and a great way to create and celebrate a happy Valentine’s Day.

                Best Quote

                Beth: “Dad. When you married Mom, did you ever think that you wouldn’t make it?”

                Beth’s Dad: “Elizabeth Ann. Honey, you cannot learn from my mistakes. You’re going to have to go out there and make your own. Now, you could get your heart broken or you could have the greatest love affair the world has ever known, but you’re not going to know unless you try.”

                16 – 50 First Dates (2004)

                  You’d be hard pressed to come up with a more likeable couple of people than Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore. In 50 First Dates, they’re in Hawaii, and after they meet, Henry Roth (Sandler) turns from a playboy to a devoted boyfriend—the only problem is the girl of his dreams has no short-term memory, so she relives the same day over and over. This movie brings laughs, but it’s also a sappy romance movie as only Sandler can do. It’s a chick flick anyone can enjoy.

                  Best Quote

                  Dr. Keats: “Tom was in a hunting accident and he lost part of his brain. His memory lasts only ten seconds.”

                  Ten Second Tom: “I was in an accident? That’s terrible.”

                  Dr. Keats: “Don’t worry, you’ll totally get over it in about three seconds.”

                  15 – Slumdog Millionaire (2008)

                    A testament to just how far a man will go to win over the woman he loves. Slumdog Millionaire portrays a poor man being tortured by the police for being suspiciously good at Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? Dev Patel plays one of the most lovable characters on film.

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                    This compelling film won no fewer than eight Oscars and garnered a lot of critical acclaim. The mixture of love, violence, and socioeconomic messages makes for a great date night screening. It’s a great pick to watch with someone who appreciates good films and with whom you want to share an intelligent conversation.

                    Best Quote

                    Jamal Malik: “I’ll wait for you at the train station every day at five.”

                    14 – The Amazing Spider-Man (2012)

                      Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield) always has problems—the media hates him, the police hate him, other superheroes hate him, and he’s constantly struggling with his love life because of it. Regardless of how you feel about the new Spider-Man series, they made the right move dropping Mary Jane for Gwen Stacy (Emma Stone). Their romance is one of the most memorable in comic book history.

                      Best Quote

                      Peter Parker: “We all have secrets: the ones we keep… and the ones that are kept from us.”

                      13 – The Tourist (2010) (Runner Up: Original Sin)

                        It’s not just that Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie are beautiful people; the location shots in Paris and Venice are simply stunning. This cat-and-mouse tale has enough thrills going for it to satisfy your intellectual needs, and it has some nail-biting action scenes to boot. You’re never quite sure who to believe, but you can’t deny there’s chemistry between the two—if there’s anyone who could steal Jolie from Pitt, Depp seems like the type.

                        Best Quote

                        Hotel Waiter Guido: “Bongiorno!”

                        Frank Taylor (Depp): “Bon Jovi!”

                        12 – This Means War (2012)

                          Reese Witherspoon is omnipresent in chick flicks – for good reason! All of her romantic comedies are enjoyable, but This Means War wins for mixing spy-versus-spy action into the mix. Chris Pine and Tom Hardy do a great job of keeping men distracted from Reese’s message that it’s OK to date multiple people. Adventurous couples will love this action-packed romp.

                          Best Quote

                          Trish (Chelsea Handler) “Don’t go with the better guy, go with the guy who makes you better.”

                          11 – (500) Days of Summer (2009)

                            Zooey Deschanel is that quirky and beautiful girl everyone wants to be or be with. In short, the boy (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) meets the girl (Deschanel), and falls in love, but she’s just that into him. The movie highlights their relationship in a non-linear fashion, and is a great portrayal of modern love and relationships. (500) Days of Summer isn’t your traditional romantic comedy, and maybe that’s a good thing – unlike all the others, it’s a thought-provoking film about love.

                            Best Quote

                            Rachel Hansen: “Just because she likes the same bizzaro crap you do doesn’t mean she’s your soul mate.”

                            10 – Walk the Line (2005)

                              This portrayal of Johnny and June Cash is an epic biopic. Joaquin Phoenix and Reese Witherspoon beautifully capture the essence of the romance. Johnny loved June Carter so much, he knew he had to marry her. Seeing their love blossom over the course of their lives is a great way to celebrate life and a relationship with someone you truly love beyond anything. These two real life people even died around the same time. It’s said Johnny died of a broken heart after June passed.

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                              Best Quote

                              June Carter: “Well, then start loving yourself, so we can go back to work.”

                              9 – Ghost Town (2008)

                                The cynical among us love Ricky Gervais. In Ghost Town, he plays a man who can see dead people and is now doomed to help them with their love problems. It’s a wonderfully unique Valentine’s Day romance story. Everyone’s tired of people bragging about their relationships on Facebook, and Gervais portrays this feeling perfectly. Love isn’t always as much fun as it sounds; sometimes, you just end up involved in other people’s drama.

                                Best Quote

                                Bertram Pincus (Gervais): “All work and no play makes Jack- a vital member of society.”

                                8 – Shrek (2001)

                                  It’s hard to believe it’s been over a decade since Shrek came out (!). This is a fun, backwards fairy tale where the ogre gets the girl. Featuring the voice talents of Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy, Cameron Diaz, and John Lithgow, Shrek is a feel-good movie that’s perfect for the young – and mature – at heart.

                                  Best Quote

                                  Shrek: “For your information, there’s a lot more to ogres than people think.”

                                  7 – Seems Like Old Times (1980)

                                    Ahhh, the classics. One of the best movies from the 80s, Seems Like Old Times is a Neil Simon film that still maintains its charm. Chevy Chase and Goldie Hawn are a divorced couple, and, after being forced to take part in a bank robbery, Chase hides out at Hawn’s house. The only problem is Hawn’s husband (Charles Groden) is the district attorney, so a lot of hijinx ensue. If you pine for an old flame, Seems Like Old Times is the Valentine’s Day romantic comedy for you.

                                    Best Quote

                                    Glenda (Hawn) “Chester. You just went through a stop sign.”

                                    Chester (Chase) “I can’t help it. I don’t like to read when I drive.”

                                    6 – About a Boy (2002)

                                      You’d think watching a man hang out with an unrelated boy would be a little weird – and not great romantic-film fodder. But in About a Boy, it plays out beautifully. This is a buddy flick and a romance rolled into one, and it teaches men that parenting isn’t scary. If you’re a slacker who still hasn’t grown up, About a Boy is for you.

                                      Best Quote

                                      Marcus: “After a few visits, Will seemed to think he had to ask me serious questions, when I knew he really wanted to watch Xena Warrior princess.”

                                      5 – True Romance (1993) (Runner Up: Natural Born Killers)

                                        Quentin Tarantino isn’t exactly known for the romance in his films, but True Romance, which he wrote, is an epic romantic crime drama. There are drugs, hookers, and all sorts of guns. The love between Clarence (Christian Slater) and Alabama (Patricia Arquette) is something we all wish we had. By the time this movie reaches its bloody climax, not only will you be in love with Elvis, but you’ll know the origin of Sicilians.

                                        Best Quote

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                                        Clarence Worley: “You just said you love me, now if I say I love you and just throw caution to the wind and let the chips fall where they may and you’re lying to me I’m gonna fuckin’ die.”

                                        4 – Titanic (1997)

                                          If you’ve never seen Titanic, you must! And if you have, consider watching it again for Valentine’s. This classic romantic-disaster film won eleven Oscars, because of its superb cast, plot, and music.

                                          Spoiler Alert: The ship sinks, and it takes like half the movie. Before it happens though, Jack (Leonardo DiCaprio) steals Rose (Kate Winslett) from her rich husband-to-be. Titanic is a tear-jerker with an epic romance that is fated to failure.

                                          Best Quote

                                          Jack Dawson: “Where to, Miss?”

                                          Rose DeWitt Bukater: “To the stars.”

                                          3 – Bride and Prejudice (2004)

                                            This Bollywood take on the classic “Pride and Prejudice” is a musical delight. Aishwarya Rai Bachchan may not be well-known in majority-English-speaking countries, but she is beautiful and talented – her acting, singing, and dancing expertise is on full display. This movie is beautiful, tells an old story; and you’ll look sophisticated for suggesting it. The colorful costumes and set designs are like taking an exotic vacation from your couch.

                                            Best Quote

                                            Lalita Bakshi (Rai): “You should be stirring your husband’s dinner not trouble.”

                                            2 – Love, Actually (2003)

                                              Love Actually follows the intertwining stories of eight British couples dealing with love in very different ways. It’s a romantic comedy and a Christmas film, but its sappiness is matched by genuine and heartwarming moments. It’s impossible to watch this movie without laughing, crying, and falling in love with at least one character! Love Actually may be the best romantic comedy ever written.

                                              Best Quote

                                              Billy Mack (Bill Nighy) “Hiya kids. Here is an important message from your Uncle Bill. Don’t buy drugs. Become a pop star, and they give you them for free!”

                                              1 – The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)

                                                This Oscar-nominated flick might not come to mind as a movie perfect for Valentine’s Day. But you and your Valentine’s Day date just might find that refreshing!

                                                Martin Scorsese is known for his thrilling films, and Wolf of Wall Street does not disappoint. It’s a raw and emotional movie, with some violence, nudity, and drug use – all to show the underbelly of the high-octane world of finance. DiCaprio’s performance is compelling and exciting – this movie is worth your time!

                                                Best Quote

                                                Jordan Belfort: [to the waiter] “Oh, I’m good with water for now.”

                                                Mark Hanna: “It’s his first day on Wall Street. Give him time.”

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                                                Last Updated on March 30, 2020

                                                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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                                                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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