BRAIN POWER GAMES
Here's something else to do while you're sitting there - exercise your mind. We've adapted some standard mental exercises for bathroom readers, so when you're feeling sluggish or just haven't woken up yet, you can use this time to make yourself more alert.
STRETCH YOUR MIND
Use this exercise to warm-up or refresh your mental muscles, anytime during the day.
Complete some or all of the following seven steps. If you can, try saying them out loud.
1. Count backwards from 100 to zero quickly.
2. Recite the alphabet, assigning a word for each letter (like, "A, apple; B, ball; etc."). Do this quickly.
3. List 20 names of men you know, assigning a number to each ("1,Brian, 2, Pete, etc."). Quickly
4. Do the same thing as #3, but list 20 women you know assigning a number to each (1,Jennifer, 2, Andrea, etc."). Quickly
5. Name and number 20 foods as quickly as you can ("1, burger, 2, cookies, etc.").
6.(Feeling much more alert by now!) Choose one letter of the alphabet and name 20 words that begin with that letter as quickly as you can AND number them. ("1, news, 2 nice, etc.").
7. Close your eyes and count to 20 slowly, then open them. Your mind is now geared-up to meet whatever mental challenges you might face today.
TAKE CREATIVE LEAPS
One way to become more creative is to change your normal routine. Experts say that most big shifts in our lives come from a lot of little shifts. Don't underestimate their potential!
Try some of the following:
1. Wipe with your opposite hand
2. Walk out of the bathroom backwards
3. If you normally flush while you're sitting, wait until you stand up; if you normally flush standing up, do it while sitting.
4. Put your pants on the way you normally do, paying attention to which leg you put in first. Take them off again. Put them back on using the "wrong" leg first.
5. Turn on the faucet. Now turn it off; turn it on again, using the other hand.
6. Wear your watch on the opposite wrist.
7. Brush your teeth with the opposite hand.
...or come up with some more of your own.
Helps increase creativity and sharpness.
1. Flip to any other page in this book (make sure you dog-ear or leave your finger on this one so that you can find it again).
2. Select the first noun that you see on that page (e.g.,"ball").
3. Look at your watch
4. For the next minute or two (or longer), list as many words or phrases that you can relate to that noun ("ball: bounce, play, games, red, etc."). Don't stop to think or analyze, just go as quickly as you can.
To enhance the results, do this exercise aloud...if you dare.