8 Reasons Daydreaming Is A Good Thing

I daydream a lot and I always have. When I was a kid in grade school, my teachers more often than not annotated that fact on my report cards.

I never really thought of daydreaming as a bad thing but it was something that I struggled with to control at times when I was younger. I still daydream a lot, except now I actually grow concerned if I can’t sit and think up some creative scenario in my head on a whim.

Daydreaming is not necessarily a bad thing… but if it is something that you are self-conscious about for yourself then here are eight reasons that daydreaming is actually beneficial:

  1. It is unavoidable! – Psychologists actually estimate that daydreaming is a natural occurrence that it might even take up half of our waking hours. So face it, you cannot avoid daydreaming so you can either let it ruin your days or you can take advantage of it.
  2. Daydreaming is a coping mechanism. – Daydreaming helps you to cope with the harsh reality that is sometimes life. Doesn’t it help when you take a break from studying or some other mundane task and let your mind wander a bit before continuing?
  3. Daydreaming increases productivity. – Really! It may seem paradoxical but it is true. Daydreaming can increase productivity by recharging the mind and improving your mood. Take a short break and let your bored mind wander then resume your tasks and you will find yourself completing them within a shorter time.
  4. Daydreaming relieves boredom. – Why do most of us daydream anyway? Daydreaming allows you to escape to a more exciting place that beats sitting in a traffic jam, waiting in line at the coffee shop, or having to endure another unproductive meeting at work.
  5. Daydreaming spawns new ideas. – In your dreams or daydreams, anything is possible and achievable. When you allow your mind to elevate you to the newer levels you hope to attain in life, just watch what new ideas emerging as you daydream. Daydreaming is the perfect way to problem-solve from outside of the box.
  6. Daydreaming allows you to process old hurts, wounds, or mistakes. – We have all been wronged and we all make mistakes along the way. Instead of brooding over it and feeling sorry, try daydreaming. Bring your mind back to the scene and see how you could have done it differently on either side of the situation.
  7. Daydreaming allow you to fully be yourself. – Believe it not, there are special places that I like to go to alone where I know that I can fully be myself and think any thoughts that I wish without having to maintain a poker-face of any sort. It is the same when you are daydreaming. You can be fully yourself without fears of judgment or ridicule.
  8. Daydreaming gives you breakthrough moments. – Your best solutions in life probably came when your mind was engaged in something completely unrelated to the problem and chances are that you were more then likely daydreaming when that Eureka-moment occurred. For creativity, your mind needs to wander. So let it wander!

Now you can’t just daydream your life way… it isn’t appropriate for all situations, especially if you are doing anything that is remotely dangerous. But used when appropriate, daydreaming is not entirely bad.

And here is a huge tip… The next time you daydream and come up with great ideas, write down your ideas before they disappear into thin air. You never know, you may have just daydreamed yourself into something big.

Andy Wooten M.A. Counseling – Certified Life Coach – Aspen, Colorado

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