Taking a shower and creative thinking go hand in hand. No matter the problem, big or small -unwinding under a hot steamy shower seems to unlock the ‘Eureka’ moment. But why is this? And what can you do to make your shower time more productive?
According to neuroscientists, showers are the perfect place to find inspiration and solutions to your problems. The combination of feeling relaxed and a habitual morning ritual triggers increased dopamine production, stimulating limbic system and allowing your mind to formulate more freely.
With this in mind, here are a few handy tips to get you on your way to becoming a shower-bound Einstein and get them most out of your morning clean.
If you don’t already, add a little more structure to your mornings. Rituals have long been used to enhance and control an experience, as well as liven up mundane tasks. Consciously acknowledging a ritual and following it can bring awareness to your tasks, easing your mind and opening up the way for creative reasoning. Not only will this benefit your morning shower, but you will find creative reasoning habits carry over to other tasks in both work and life.
Although you may not consciously acknowledge it, research has shown that running water has profound effects on the senses, and effects important hormonal and chemical responses involved in feelings of wellbeing and health.
Next time you take a shower, shut your eyes, clear your mind, and take a minute to feel, acknowledge and appreciate the water as it hits and runs down your body. It doesn’t take much effort, and can be very stimulating for the day ahead.
This time of contemplation is the ideal opportunity for you to become more in tune with your body. It performs hundreds of thousands of functions every day without any conscious input from you, so take the time to appreciate and take care of it as your apply soaps and moisturisers. A slow, massaging clean can be a great way to relax and enhance the morning ritual.
By incorporating these little variations into what is normally seen as a mundane morning task can spark creativity and a new appreciation for the little things in life. Take full advantage of this time to yourself, and really put your creativity to work!