June 18, 2021

Use Your Non-Dominant Hand

Making the smallest changes can sometimes have the effect of snapping us out of autopilot and really appreciating the present moment. This is the first in a series of posts about mindfulness exercises that you can incorporate into your day.

Use your non-dominant hand for some ordinary tasks throughout the day. For example, when you brush your teeth, comb your hair or eat.

Using our non-dominant hands tests our patience. And not only this, it makes us really concentrate and focus on tasks that we would otherwise just rush through on auto-pilot. That's what makes it such a great mindfulness exercise!

Doing this can also make us appreciate how difficult these everyday activities are for people with injuries and disabilities, and remind us how much we take for granted.

Source: How to Train a Wild Elephant & other adventures in mindfulness