It is entirely possible to write with your non-dominant hand, although it will take a lot of practice and determination! In this article, you'll learn some techniques that will help you write better with your non-dominant hand. Also, as you master this skill, you will find that it will be easier for you to paint your nails, use scissors, or do any other things with your opposite hand, which can come in really handy if you have a broken arm or wrist.
Step 1. Practice writing with your non-dominant hand for a month or more
Each day, write the alphabet in lowercase, uppercase, and cursive script using your non-dominant hand (if you know how to do it). At first your hand will be a bit shaky and the letters will not be as crisp as if they are written with your other hand. However, keep practicing and your writing will start to improve.
- If you're left-handed and trying to write with your right hand, tilt your page 30 degrees counterclockwise. If you are right handed and trying to write with your left hand, tilt your page 30 degrees clockwise.
- Do not make a "claw" with your hand. It is very tempting to hold your pencil very tight, causing your hand to take on the shape of a claw. This will prevent you from writing correctly and may end up hurting you. Observe the way your hand is positioned and loosen it every now and then as you write.
Step 2. Muscle your non-dominant hand
Try lifting weights with your opposite hand to help strengthen your muscles. Start with light weights and as you get stronger, use heavier and heavier weights.
Step 3. Throw a small ball, such as a tennis ball, to develop hand-eye coordination
Throw it higher and higher, but be careful not to break anything fragile! This is a good reason to learn to juggle!
Step 4. Write with your dominant hand in front of a mirror to see how to write with your other hand
This gives you a very clear view of the method and helps your brain to imagine the same action of your non-dominant hand.
Step 5. Discuss and observe people writing with non-writing hand
Ask them for some advice and you will surely be surprised!
Step 6. Do your daily activities with your non-dominant hand, such as brushing your teeth, buttoning your shirt, turning the handles to open the doors or turning on the faucet
Swap the controls on your computer mouse so that your non-dominant hand can use the mouse. This is actually a good tip in occupational medicine to prevent repetitive work injuries and can improve your visual coordination on the screen as well.
Step 7. Practice these techniques every day, at least for a month or even longer
Soon you will be writing with your non-dominant hand fluently and with very few errors.
Use your opposite hand to write "Take that old whiskey to the blonde smoking judge" or a similar phrase to practice. (The proposed sentence is adequate because it is a pangram, which means that it contains all the letters of the alphabet)
- Playing sports, using your opposite hand for things usually done with your dominant hand, can help you a lot.
- The confusion caused when writing with your non-dominant hand stimulates creativity, forcing you to "think outside the box."
- Take a short paragraph and practice writing it over and over again. Observe the formation of letters and strive to improve the incorrect ones.
- Use a pen that glides well on the paper so that you can form your letters well.
- Try to use the mouse with your opposite hand.