Many of us have used journaling as a tool to relieve stress and worry, sort out our feelings, and to gain insight in times of uncertainty. But adding a twist can help you on a much deeper level: writing with your non-dominant hand.
When using the hand you’re not used to using, the right side of the brain is activated. In this process, you’re able to bypass reason, logic, and linear thinking, allowing deeper, unconscious thoughts to emerge.
Writing with your non-dominant hand will feel awkward and slow at first, but stick with it. It’s a great way to problem solve, connect with your inner child, and reveal deeper intuitive thoughts than you’d otherwise be able to access.
Try it out. Take out your journal and a pen. Using your dominant hand first, write down any questions you need to ask yourself. If you’re trying to connect with your inner child, you may ask your younger self how they’re feeling or what they need right now. If you’re trying to find solutions to current problems, you can ask yourself what the best course of action is.
When you’re ready to answer, switch to your non-dominant hand to answer those questions.
You may wish to use a pen, marker, crayon, or pencil, and just let the words flow. You may also wish to try journaling your responses with your dominant hand first, then again with your non-dominant hand to compare the difference in the answers that come out.
This practice can be done daily or a few times a week to get the most benefit.
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