SELF-CARE ACT#129

brush my teeth with my non-dominant hand

CATEGORY

Psychological

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TIME

3 minutes (that’s what I tell my dentist. In reality, it’s half that time)

BUDGET

Zero

I’m right handed.

Yesterday, I challenged my motor skill coordination and brushed my teeth with my left hand.

Why?

Because I’m trying to practice mindfulness.

As a result, I’m also trying to get rid of all the things I do mechanically, like brushing my teeth,

I’m glad I did because after I’ve done it I learnt that using your non dominant hand to perform daily activities has many benefits for your brain, such as:

  • It enhances your creativity and your abstract thinking by improving communication between your left and right brain hemispheres. When this communication is improved, emotions and thoughts are more fully expressed. Which leads to a higher creativity, internal wisdom and feeling expression.

 

  • It makes you a more open minded person: we often favor doing things that fall on our dominant side. As a result, we end up making the same choices or missing opportunities. Let me give you some examples. If you’re left handed, you might favor some things just because they are on your left: take the road on the left instead of the one on your right or order items that are on the left side of a menu instead of the right. suprinsingly then, doing things with your non dominant side might open new roads.

I’m sure I need more practice to get there but yesterday what a good start.

The first minute, I was clumsy.

I was so clumsy that I inexplicably lost the ability to keep the toothpaste in my mouth.

Then I find my self turning my head in all directions to brush my teeth instead of using the brush in my hand.

Ultimately, I realized what was wrong: I was trying too hard.

I put too much energy in my left hand, forcing it to brush areas it refused to go to, just like when you try to force a key in a lock or when you force a drawer when all you have to do is just remove the clothes that fell behind,

In other words, I was using brutality instead of creativity.

Once I realized that, I released the tension in my hand and it became much easier.

The brush started to run on my teeth smoothly like a surfboard on a wave.

Believe me or not my friends but this self-care act was a victory of change over monotony.

When I was done, I looked at myself in the mirror, proud, waiting for someone to congratulate me, like a kid when they put a spoon in their mouth for the first time.

Nobody applauded because nobody was watching.

So I looked at myself again, checked over my right and my left shoulder and said: Bravo Mimi!

And I laughed!

Conclusion: use your opposite hand if you also want to bring the crazy in you.

Love to all and see you tomorrow!

WHY IS IT SELF-CARE?  Using your non-dominant hand rewires your left and right hemispheres and enhances your creativity.

MORE ABOUT THIS

If you want to give it a try, here are other things you can do to practice your ambidextrous skills :

  • Pour milk or water in a glass
  • Write your text messages
  • Brush your hair
  • Shave
  • Eat soup or noodles
  • Strike a match
  • Open a door
  • Write (if you still use pens)
  • Draw, color or paint
  • Stir food in the pan
  • If you feel super brave and can afford it, go to Great Britain and drive. I personally wouldn’t try this one

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