Do you know what's the eternal source of ideas, solutions and just amazing thoughts? Yes, it's in the title: shower. Today I felt like I need to shower more often. Not because I'm dirty, but because usually when taking a shower I am able to solve the greatest of my problems and generate a ton of new unique ideas. Today's shower was not an exception!
In the morning I got myself a severe problem that probably wouldn't let me sleep if I didn't find a solution for it. I've been thinking about it all day long, it was making me nervous. However, when I went to the shower — even before stepping into the bath, — a magical and incredibly rational solution to that tormenting problem dawned on me! That shower didn't just relieve me physically, but also emotionally. Now I'm ready to go to sleep feeling calm and confident.
What's so magical about showers? Why do they help our brains work better? I learned this from the video by TheFutur. It's said that shower makes the brain work at different wavelengths. While we are concentrated and working, our brain is “fast”, so when we take a shower it “slows down”. It happens because the process is automatic. You don't think about what you are doing, so you can be immersed in your dreams and thoughts.
You can find yourself in a similar state in other situations, for example walking, exercising or washing dishes — I had a lot of creative thoughts during these activities too. However, in my experience they are not as effective as a shower. There is also a popular practice of meditation — this is a way to intentionally become focused on your thoughts without getting wet. I have tried it just a couple of times, but it was quite effective nonetheless.
How can we apply this magical property of shower to not only make you clean, but also to help you think better? Just imagine the future world with a bit different morals, where taking a shower with someone else will not be considered something intimate. Every office will become a giant shower room! Or maybe a bunch of separate small shower cabins? If morals won't change, there could be some special room design or showering suits which will make showering less intimate. In both cases brainstorming could go to the next level!
Showering with your coworkers, yay!
This may be a bit problematic, because if you will be consciously brainstorming, it might not yield such amazing results. It should happen automatically. Thinking without thinking. So when you are taking a shower with someone else, you might not as good at problem-solving as when you are alone. Collaboration leads to great results, but shower thoughts is not one of them. (I think so, I haven't actually tried it.) Therefore, I think a better option is to simply have a shower room in the office that everyone can use if they need to. Every great office should have a shower!
Not everybody will use the shower in the office. Some people just haven't discovered the power of it yet, and for some others it just doesn't work. I'm curious, why it works for some people while not working for others? I believe this is related to how much the person is daydreaming. Or how much they like washing.
I'm a heavy dreamer and a heavy daydreamer. Sometimes I think I'm daydreaming for far too long. What's more interesting, I don't control it. It happens unconsciously. I just catch one thought and fall in a state in which I'm thinking about something without moving or even blinking. Someone might think I'm lagging at that moment, however I have better connection than ever, just not with this world but with my brain. Other people, who are more conscious than me may daydream less, therefore it's harder for them to get into this state, even in shower. I believe this is the reason of why it doesn't work for all of us. We are all different in the end.
Shower thoughts really fascinate me! It's interesting how pouring water onto yourself can change your thinking. That's another way to show that your mind and body depend heavily on each other. No matter whether you are a shower thinker or not, keep your body and mind in harmony!