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How To Improve Your Right Brain

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Ashley Miller is a licensed social worker, psychotherapist, certified Reiki practitioner, yoga enthusiast and aromatherapist. She has also worked as an employee assistance program counselor and a substance-abuse professional. Miller holds a Master of Social Work and has extensive training in mental health diagnosis, as well as child and adolescent psychotherapy. She also has a bachelor's degree in music.
How To Improve Your Right Brain
The right brain is associated with creativity. Photo Credit: allanswart/iStock/Getty Images

Most people would love to be more creative. You may feel that you have an untapped talent or creative ability but you're not sure what it is. The right hemisphere of your brain is considered to be your creative center. Activities such as music, art and using your imagination are generally thought of as right brain activities. You can stimulate your creativity and imagination and maximize your productivity through specific right-brain focused exercises.

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Step 1

Listen to a guided meditation.
Listen to a guided meditation. Photo Credit: ULTRA F/Photodisc/Getty Images

Listen to a guided visualization or meditation program. According to Marilee Zdenek in her book "The Right Brain Experience: An Intimate Program to Free the Powers of Your Imagination," you are more receptive to right-brain insights when you are relaxed. You can purchase guided meditation or visualization programs online or in most bookstores.

Step 2

Learn to play an instrument.
Learn to play an instrument. Photo Credit: George Doyle/Stockbyte/Getty Images

Sing or learn to play an instrument. Listen to a new type of music. Listening to or performing music helps to stimulate the auditory cortex of the right brain and leads to increased creativity, according to psychologist Terry Lyles in his book "The Secret to Navigating Life's Storms."

Step 3

Take an art class.
Take an art class. Photo Credit: Robert Neumann/iStock/Getty Images

Take an art class. Even if you think you don't have any artistic ability, sketching or even tracing a picture can encourage your right brain to become more active. Hands-on, visually focused artistic activities such as sculpting or drawing promote right brain activity, according to Zdenek.

Step 4

Develop a new hobby like knitting.
Develop a new hobby like knitting. Photo Credit: grafvision/iStock/Getty Images

Develop a creative hobby such as knitting, quilting, crocheting, sewing or another activity that absorbs all of your attention and focus. Finding a knitting pattern or coming up with your own idea inspires your imagination. Concentrating on making a beautiful end product encourages the creative, conceptual part of your right brain.

Step 5

Drawing. Photo Credit: Patrick Ryan/Photodisc/Getty Images

Practice writing or drawing using the non-dominant side of your body. According to author Lucia Capacchionne in her book "The Power of Your Other Hand: A Course in Channeling the Inner Wisdom of the Right Brain," your non-dominant hand generally governs the right hemisphere of your brain. Stimulating your right brain through writing or drawing with your "wrong" hand can help you get in touch with your creative, intuitive and emotional side.

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