Why Do We Have Our Best Ideas in the Shower?

kid in bath foamy hair

You know what I’m talking about. You’re just minding your own business, washing your hair, when suddenly a million dollar idea comes out of nowhere. And you don’t have anywhere to write it down.

You’re not alone.

Flash insights like these are all about unstructured, distraction free time. And no, that isn’t exactly the mindfulness meditation I help you practice.

But that might be exactly why it’s such a great time to brainstorm.

(I had the idea for this post when I was on my foam roller. I have a lot of story ideas when I’m stretching.)

You might be surprised I’m not telling you to be mindful when you shower or to always meditate. But remember, meditation is a tool. A tool that helps cultivate skills and mindsets that help us be awesome.

But there are a lot of tools. Our brains need variety.

I’m about helping you find all kinds of ways to be more awesome.

Back to the point…

Our brains need downtime to work things out and out ideas together.

Einstein famously napped after periods of work and found he had more insights when he awoke.

And studies are finding that movement helps us make new connections in our brains.

Put that together and suddenly you have flash insights when you’re washing your hair.

How can we implement this into our everyday lives? Surely the shower (or living room floor in my case) isn’t the only place these insights can pop up.

Well, schedule time everyday to sit and let your mind wander. Maybe bring a doodling pad or even a coloring book. Or you might knit. Anything that activates your habitual brain and allows your creative brain to run free.

(And yeah, you have to put the phone down.)



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