Oh the right side of the brain…as underestimated as a major revenue stream as Greek yogurt. Nevertheless, each morning, bowls are filled with non-solid, non-liquid dollops of love, and minds are filled with unlimited creativity.
So let's take a moment to discuss the advantages of being more in touch with the artist within. Not only will exercising that right brain help you make some tangible moolah, it will also enrich your life in a variety of important ways.
Here are 5 ways to exercise the right side of your brain:
1 - Learn a new hands-on skill
Your right brain will look like the McAllister's just plugged in their Christmas lights, find a hands-on activity such as pottery, gardening, or learn to play a musical instrument! The simple fact that you are learning by seeing and doing, rather than reading or listening to a lecture and working quietly on your own gives you a better sense of your surroundings; it improves your physical coordination so you're less likely to knock over your cup of coffee!
2 - Have a written conversation with yourself
This one is weird, but I did it, and I shall write about it. You may not have the time to invest in a new hobby, so here's a simple exercise that you can do pretty much anywhere! Write a question on a piece of paper with your right hand, switch the writing utensil to your left hand and respond to that question. Go back and forth and let your right and left brain hash things out (sounds fancier, and saner, when the experts call it a "bilateral conversation").
One of the major advantages of these kinds of exercises is increase vigilance. During an emergency, your left side tries to figure out what to do, but it's your right side that gives you the warning signal you need to start acting in the first place!
3 - Draw, paint, make art!
Jill Bolte Taylor, aforementioned genius, speaks about how the right side of the brain is spontaneous and imaginative, and all those entrepreneur sounding words. Drawing, painting, "arting", activates that ideating right-sight. And that doesn't just mean taking pen to paper: art is creative in nature. So melt old crayons, Paper Mache, or turn markers into spray paint (hold the fumes) with Crayola's Air Marker Sprayer and make some decorations for your apartment, or simply try to materialize your thoughts and emotions on canvas for art's sake. Getting crafty helps you see the bigger picture, which can come in handy when you are problem-solving at work, or need to make big decisions!
4 - Take yoga classes
Practicing yoga is a great way to clear your mind and stimulate both the mental and physical aspects of your right brain. It requires concentration as you learn to stretch, breathe and meditate is a super healthy way to start your day! Not only does yoga help balance your metabolism and hormones, you become more flexible which protects your from getting hurt and your mind is simply brighter and sharper and more ready to conquer the tasks of the day!
5 - Learn to cook up a storm!
Cooking is great for exercising your creative side, and there are a ton of great benefits that can really turn your life around. First, cooking will save you a lot of money - instead of going to the restaurant, have people over to taste your latest masterpiece! Second, it's great for your health because you get to choose what goes into your meal, such as chemical-free and non-artificial ingredients! And finally, it's the kind of experience that will broaden your cultural knowledge and develop your taste buds, by exploring there endless variety of recipes out there!
Whether you're at home or at work, there are many ways you can enrich your life by exercising your right brain. Pick the one that suits your lifestyle the best, and watch yourself become a brighter, happier and more successful version of yourself!