Don’t Quit Your Daydream


There are positive and negative aspects to various types of daydreaming.

It has been demonstrated to increase creativity, motivate you, and increase your effectiveness in daily life. The same daydreams have also been shown to increase stress, sap motivation, and foster irrational expectations. Why is this the case? Daydreaming about the future has both positive and negative effects on motivation. It’s annoying to learn this information about daydreaming. I’m hoping that this post can assist others in identifying their own daydreams, but I also want to assist readers in making good use of their daydreams. It’s noteworthy to note that this does not require you to switch your daydreams over to unicorns and rainbows. The information on this is utterly dispersed.

Regardless of whether the daydream is happy or unhappy, the largest study on mind wandering demonstrates that we are happiest when we are present and not daydreaming. Maladaptive daydreaming, escape, and rumination are other mental processes that can also be about wonderful things. Having said that, the effectiveness of positive thinking has been discussed in literally thousands of peer-reviewed articles. Again, how is this possible? It all depends on how aware you are of your daydreams, is my response. Daydreaming can take four different forms: rumination, escapism, fantasy, and visualisation. From most conscious to least conscious, these are listed. This clarifies the problem because it is the type of daydreaming, not the content, that counts.

Here are a few instances: How various types of daydreaming affect certain subjects

  1. Planning – The most common sort of daydreaming is certainly planning. Daydreaming is formally described as the shifting of consciousness away from external stimuli. However, some people may not think of daydreaming as such. You are not paying attention to what is happening around you while you are making plans for what you will do. Because it is so obviously a necessary human ability, planning is also a smart place to start. I’m going to use the straightforward activity of organising your day as an example in this paragraph.

(a) Visualisation – As soon as you wake up in the morning, you begin to mentally go over your day. In order to mentally prepare, you separate the simple tasks from the difficult ones as you imagine yourself completing each one. The to-do list is more likely to stick in your mind if you can visualise yourself doing some of the items on it. Since our special memory is our strongest memory, this is a good strategy. You probably don’t often allow yourself to leave the house without having done this crucial combination of preparing yourself and committing it to memory.

(b) Fantasizing – You’re currently en route to work in your car. Although less of a deliberate practise than the morning visualisation, this is the time of day when we typically allow ourselves to daydream. However, daydreaming is more often the cause of fatal automobile accidents than mobile use, so I’m not saying it’s a good idea. You typically revisit the truly excellent or unpleasant things you have to do and give them a little more detail when you fantasise in this manner. A creative breakthrough is possible right now. Research shows that this is a fantastic method to discover novel answers to long-standing issues since you are not actively regulating where your mind wanders.

(c) Escapism – Your superiors don’t care that it’s stupid time to schedule a board meeting at 3 o’clock. It has been demonstrated that it is challenging for us to maintain mental focus when faced with highly tedious or taxing jobs. This is a brain-saving technique, but in the modern world, it can lead to a lot of stress when you miss out on things you need to complete. On the other hand, you might still think of original answers to issues.

(d) Rumination – You have a tonne of things scheduled for the evening, and you’re not sure how to fit them all in. After you make it through the board meeting, you hone your visualisation skills, but your worn-out, stressed-out brain doesn’t stop there. A loop starts when you return to your desk. replaying the situation at the end of the day. Even though you aren’t even aware of it, it can be distracting while you are attempting to concentrate on anything else. You stop it, but a few minutes later it returns without your permission, adding to your worry and exhaustion.

  1. Upcoming Activities – The second most common sort of daydreaming is probably thinking about the future. It is also a fantastic ability for people to possess. Before ever having to commit to an action, we can give it a test drive. I’m going to use your upcoming vacation as an example in this case.

(a) Visualization – You receive an offer for last-minute flights to your ideal vacation location as you check your inbox. The deal doesn’t make your heart race like it might for most individuals because you are a wise saver and want to retire early. You do, however, permit your thoughts to travel briefly. You can taste fresh food, feel the sun, and smell the sea. You feel better and are physically relaxed just by having that experience. You decide that a vacation is exactly what you need.

(b) Fantasy – You stroll your dog after making a decision. This is another opportunity to deliberately let your thoughts wander. The airport comes to mind. If they speak English, you start to wonder. Your dog then defecates. You become aware that you require assistance finding a dog sitter, updating your passport, and purchasing a dictionary.

(c) Escapism – Your home is warm in the morning since it is summer. You start yearning to leave there rather than planning your day. All the materials you need for your presentation later that day are forgotten.

(d) Rumination – After a bad start to the day and a disastrous presentation, all you can think about is how miserable your job is and how much better your vacation will be. Your emotions become so out of control as a result of your brain spinning out of control that you fail to realise that your friend is actually having a difficult day at work.

  1. A Reminder of the Past – Our third and final destination for our mind to stray is the past. Although this one is a little more difficult to appreciate in terms of its beneficial evolutionary significance, it is still a fantastic learning activity. In fact, if we didn’t have our past experiences to draw on, the travels into the future definitely wouldn’t be very useful. We’re going to take you back to the moment you crashed your dad’s car because I want to utilise something a little more negative in this scenario.

(a) Visualization – You are being questioned by the police right away following the collision (thank heavens you weren’t hurt!) Even if you are hesitant, you begin by thinking back to the commencement of the painful episode. The adrenaline the recollection produces immediately grips your head, making you experience every sensation. Now when you look to your right, you can see the space next to the car where you could have gone instead of slamming on the accelerator. The next time you are slipping towards a pedestrian, your brain will instantly recall this strong visualisation even though it will likely be gone to your consciousness in a few years.

(b) Fantasies – A car crash in Mad Max makes you think about your own as you’re watching it. You take on a character when you enter a film. As you become less attentive to the story itself, your brain takes advantage of the opportunity to conduct some internal organising while you are merely lounging on the couch. You feel completely rejuvenated and at ease two hours later.

(c) Escapism – To clean the kitchen, though, you find yourself lacking motivation. You continue to play the role of Mad Max, the story’s protagonist. Now that your dopamine system is blazing, even the mundane task of cleaning the kitchen appears terribly dull.

(d) Rumination – On the way to work, a man cuts you off, and you swerve to avoid him. He might have caused an accident that would have killed you. In your head, rage increases. You pull up next to him at the next stoplight and are tempted to holler out your window, but you resist. The remainder of the day is spent repeating in an increasingly enraged manner the things you should have spoken to that person.

Even as you read this, you have probably drifted off into a brief daydream of your own. You can see how practically everything can experience this development from control to rumination. Rotating your tasks and allowing yourself time to actively daydream (go for a walk or watch some mindless TV) are two of the most effective strategies I’ve found for stopping yourself before you go too far past escapism. Additionally, for me, just being conscious of my capacity to lose conscious control has been beneficial!

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7 Comments Add yours

  1. misslatoya says:

    Great delve into the stream of our consciousness within the visionary creations that we voluntarily or involuntarily experience.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. GS says:

      Yes, Daydreaming not only boosts your creativity and problem-solving skills, but it also helps you concentrate and focus on a specific task. It helps your mind wander to thoughts and areas that it might not wander if you had not set aside time for daydreaming.


      1. misslatoya says:

        That is really wonderful!🌷🌷🌷

        Liked by 1 person

  2. Man Kun says:

    whoa whoa , thats a masterpiece of writing
    Thanks for the advise

    Liked by 1 person

    1. GS says:

      Woahhh thank you 🤭🤭

      Liked by 1 person

      1. Man Kun says:

        woah – okay

        Liked by 1 person

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