The right and left sides of the brain focus on different skills which, when combined, enable individuals to be rational and spontaneous, analytical and creative. The left side of the brain is responsible for controlling the right side of the body. It also performs tasks that have to do with logic, such as in science and mathematics. On the other hand, the right hemisphere coordinates the left side of the body, and performs tasks that have do with creativity and the arts.
Here are some simple exercises you can do to stimulate both sides of your brain.
Right Brain Exercises
1: Connect the Dots
Identify something on the left side of your field of vision, and something on the right, and move your eyes back and forth between the two. Moving the eyes back and forth is believed to integrate both sides of the brain because it engages both right and left hemisphere.
2: Breathe Through Your Left Nostril
A 1994 study showed that when you are breathing through your left nostril, the right side of your brain is more active and dominant.
3: “Magic Pen” exercise
With your right hand start a written conversation with yourself. “Hi, how are ya?” will do. Then, without thinking, write an answer with your left hand. Carry on a conversation like this for a few minutes.
4: Sing, play or listen to music, Laugh, dance and exercise
5: Notice color
It is so easy to go through our days and everything goes by in an almost black and white blur. Notice color. Notice vibrancy around you.
Left Brain Exercises
1: Master a new skill
Another tip is to master a new skill (preferably one that includes deductive reasoning). Like learning a new language.
2: Do a word or number puzzle
3: Plan a New Way to Work Every Day for a Week
Planning and solving challenges are a great way to exercise your logic.
4: Physical exercise:
Exercising the right side of your body wakes up the left side of your brain. Even writing with your right hand is helpful.
5: Read on areas of unfamiliarity.
Exercise your brain. Brain games and certain puzzles and brainteasers help create new associations between different parts of the brain, which keeps it sharp.