How a warm bath or shower can improve the flow of your ideas, problem-solving, writing and creativity part 1 of 2


When you are searching for clever ideas or trying to solve a problem, one of the best things you can do is take a break and take a nice warm bath or shower.

And as an Executive Escape and Writer’s Retreat, Sirenia Retreat has a beautiful wooden main bathroom with bath tub and shower, as well as another shower in the main bedroom’s ensuite.You could say it boasts a bevy of bathing opportunities!

You may have heard that famous story of Archimedes having that Eureka (I found it) moment while having a bath.

Modern science backs up this theory of getting good ideas or solving problems while taking a bath or shower.

Neuro scientist Dr Alice Flahery from Harvard Medical School found that creative ideas are stimulated by dopamine which can be triggered by events that make us feel happy and relaxed. Common activities include having a warm bath or shower.

Another Harvard researcher found that another factor that encourages creativity and problem-solving is being distracted and disconnected and not trying to solve a problem or be creative.

I’ll sum up with the eloquent explanation of Professor Joydeep Bhattacharya from the University of London on why we often get good ideas while enjoying baths or showers.

‘For many people, it’s the most relaxing part of the day.’ It’s not until we’re being massaged by warm water, unable to check our e-mail, that we’re finally able to hear the quiet voices in the backs of our heads telling us about the insight. The answers have been there all along–we just weren’t listening.”

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