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What's up my friends! My name is Dr. Titus Chiu and this is The Modern Brain.
Are you feeling bored or restless because you got to stay at home during the shelter-in-place? Are you struggling with your creativity or are you just feeling stuck and out of balance?
That's totally understandable. You know why? That’s because your brain craves NOVELTY!
So if you're tired of the same old, same old and you want a simple, easy, and healthy way of giving your brain the new experience it needs to thrive, try using your non-dominant hand.
Your right hand is controlled by the left side of your brain and your left hand is controlled by the right.
If you're right-handed, you will find yourself using your right hand over and over again to write letters, use your mouse, brush your teeth, or to eat.
Over time, this can lead to dominance, an imbalance, and simply, just plain boredom.
If you're finding yourself stuck at home, you're just bored and you have nothing to do, the easiest thing you can do is to use your non-dominant hand.
What are some ways of using your non-dominant hand?
All these are really simple and easy ways of using your non-dominant hand.
If you're getting started here and you find it's difficult to use chopsticks or to catch a pomegranate, then try simpler things like 🦷 brushing your teeth with your non-dominant hand. You can also 🖱️ try using a mouse with your non-dominant hand.
Use your left hand if you are right-handed next time you do these tasks.
Those are easy ways of starting. Dip your toes in the water and try to train your non-dominant brain
For example, if you find that one leg is a little bit more wobbly than the other, try balancing on that leg and training that.
When you train the left leg, it gets stronger and you develop better balance. You're actually training the right hemisphere of your brain.
In addition, you can try lying down and writing the alphabet from A through Z using your toes.
When you do that, you're powerfully activating your non-dominant hemisphere.
I guarantee it. If you practice this consistently over time, you're going to start to unlock the areas of your nervous system that deal with creativity, balance AND prevent boredom.
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Again, my name is Dr. Titus Chiu, and this has been The Modern Brain.