Daily Exercises to Train Your Right Brain

Left-brain thinkers tend to be ruled by linear thoughts and analysis. These are the scientists and accountants of the world. Right-brain thinkers enjoy tapping into their imaginative and creative side. These are the artists and musicians who entertain us. Some people fall into the middle, but everyone can work on boosting their right-brain power.

Music

Listening to music can give the right side of your brain a boost. Get lost in the sounds of Mozart or the Rolling Stones. It doesn’t matter as long as you’re enjoying the experience. If you used to play an instrument, why not pick it up again? If you’ve always wanted to learn an instrument, sign up for lessons or pick up a self-instruction book and give it a try. Sing a song in the shower or while you’re cooking dinner. Audition for a chorus or choir. The Increase Brain Power website recommends you try singing about something you’re working on to improve your problem-solving ability. You might even think about joining the kids for some Guitar Hero.

Art

You don’t have to be an artist to enjoy art and give your right brain a stretch. Children give their right brains a charge with coloring and arts and crafts. Parents and grandparents can take a break from their routine and join the kids. Grab a sketchbook and draw what’s around you. Take an art class and practice what you’ve learned. Design a website for yourself and put your graphics skills to the test. Get those old photos out of the closet and create a scrapbook. Crayons for Codgers website suggests one simple exercise to get your right brain started. Take a blank piece of paper, and then grab a pencil or crayon and just let your hand wander across the page. Eventually guide it back to the starting spot and look at what you’ve created. Fill in the spaces you drew with any colors or patterns you like, and you’ve got a new piece of abstract art.

Crafts

Right-brain thinkers tend to like working in groups and prefer working with their hands. Scholastic advises teachers of right-brain thinkers to provide visual learning clues and let kids engage in projects such as making posters, mobiles and dioramas to learn their lessons. Adults may enjoy putting their hands to work on a quilt or learning to knit or crochet. Go to your local craft shop and see what kind of projects may interest you. Pick up a hobby for fun or profit.

About this Author

Carol Ochs is an award-winning writer in the Washington, D.C., area. In 17 years with The Associated Press, she covered health, medical and sports stories as a writer, editor and producer. She has written for the health section of The Washington Post, a Fairfax County stewardship publication and a biopharmaceutical newsletter. Ochs has a Bachelor of Science in journalism from Ohio University, Athens.