Take a Break

A Surprising Switcheroo That Bathes You With Energy

Last updated: Aug 10, 2011

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Most of us take a shower first thing in the morning or last thing at night. How about moving this daily step to a different part of the day once in a while, so it becomes a combination grooming task and energy break?

Doing something so out-of-sequence can by itself be a mental pick-me-up; the brain tends to pay more attention to new and unusual things than rote ones. But the warm water, scrubbing, and invigorating towel rub afterward can also perk you up. Whenever you're home, try scheduling a quick cleanup at the point in the day when you'd normally grab a candy bar or a snooze.

-- Paula Spencer Scott