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Relax Already: Swap Coffee For a Massage Break

I normally think of a massage as a relaxing treat that's more likely to put me to sleep than wake me up. But the other day, a massage taught me a lesson. Craving an afternoon caffeine fix, I instead ducked into a place near my office that does chair massages.

After a vigorous, 10-minute back, neck, and hand massage, I actually felt more awake. Better yet, my arms and upper back were tension-free, and I felt reinvigorated. Next time you're in need of an afternoon pick-me-up, why not try the same tactic? The key is keeping the massage quick, targeted, and therapeutic, rather than long and relaxing. I think you'll be surprised how much it perks you up from the afternoon slump.

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