WAKE UP AND SMELL THE VANILLA

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THE EXERCISE

To change your usual morning olfactory association (waking to the smell of freshly brewed coffee) wake up to something different—vanilla, citrus, peppermint, or rosemary.

Keep a bit of your favorite aroma in an airtight container on your bedside table for a week and release and sniff it when you first awaken, and then again as you bathe and dress.

THE SCIENCE

Odds are you can’t remember specifically when you “learned” to associate the smell of coffee with the start of a day. By consistently linking a new odor with your morning routine, you are activating new neural pathways.