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Daydreaming is Good for You

Updated on March 3, 2014
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Donna Campbell Smith is a published author, freelance writer, and photographer. She also specializes in horses.

Daydreaming as a child

Studies show that daydreaming is good for you. I am relieved to learn that, because I’ve always been a daydreamer. I know that because in fifth grade Mrs. Peele, my teacher, told Mama so. She remarked how quiet and well behaved I was, then the “but, she is a day-dreamer.” Mama didn’t seem too bothered by that fact.

I know sometimes consciously used daydreaming as an escape. It made long road trips seem shorter when I slipped into my imagination, making up stories and scenarios inside my head. I am sure that is also why I daydreamed in class – to make the time go faster and relieve myself from the boring lessons being taught. Sometimes it was the lesson that prompted my daydreaming. A history lesson was like a time machine spinning me back to the event where my imagination took over. I became a southern belle spying for the Yankees while studying about the Civil War or lessons about the old west sent me galloping across the desert as a Pony Express rider delivering the mail. I could be an Indian weaving a basket or an Egyptian princess.

Daydreaming takes my imagination for a spin.
Daydreaming takes my imagination for a spin. | Source

Daybreaming as an Adult

Now that I am older and live alone I find myself still day-dreaming a lot. In fact I can find myself sitting on the side of my bed in the morning with one shoe on and the other in my hand completely lost in thought. Who knows for how long? Some of my daydreaming is productive. My daydreams turn into stories, poems, even paintings. It is part of my creative process. I enjoy my daydreaming sessions.

But, there are times when I find it hard to daydream. There are so many distractions: computer games, the internet, especially Facebook. I don’t have a smart phone yet, but I can see one eating away my time to daydream if I had one. This article http://bodyodd.nbcnews.com/_news/2010/03/16/4380047-space-out-why-daydreaming-is-so-important claims with all of the techno distractions people have today they are not day-dreaming enough and it is making us “stupid.” We don’t remember as well when we fail to take a break and daydream.

Sometimes I just have to run away from the gadgets and retreat to a spot in my garden to daydream. I enjoy sitting there just listening to nature and letting my mind wander. I also daydream in the morning before I get out of bed. I love when I wake up early enough to watch the sunrise from my window and spend a few minutes daydreaming. This is the time when my mind is fresh and open to ideas, problem solving or just imagining. Another of my favorite times to daydream is in the evening while sitting on the patio listening to the birds sing their good night calls. Daydreaming at bedtime can help you fall asleep. You don’t have to have solitude to daydream – remember the school classroom daydreaming. But tuning folks out to indulge in daydreaming is rude so I try to curb the temptation.

Maladaptive Daydreaming, Too Much of a Good Thing.

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Maladaptive Daydreaming

Of course, there can be too much of a good thing. That is when daydreaming is called maladaptive daydreaming. These daydreamers spend hours in their fantasies and sometimes create imaginary worlds. Their fantasies sometimes interfere with their social life and may cause physical symptoms like headaches or dizziness. You can read more about maladaptive daydreaming at this link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maladaptive_daydreaming But generally, daydreaming is healthy for our minds. Besides escaping boredom it helps us work out problems, do creative brainstorming, cope with life, it can even relieve stress and pain. The trick is to daydream at appropriate times – do not daydream when operating heavy equipment, when studying, or doing anything that requires your full attention. Otherwise, enjoy your daydreaming. It is good for you.

When and Where You Daydream

When and where do you do your best daydreaming?

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    • rajan jolly profile image

      Rajan Singh Jolly 

      4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      I believe daydreaming is good for our health giving us a break from the stress of daily living. Though I do find I daydream less than when I was a child. Wonder if that has got anything to do with aging?

    • DonnaCSmith profile imageAUTHOR

      Donna Campbell Smith 

      4 years ago from Central North Carolina

      Jo Miller, I agree. I think the computer steals daydreams.

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      Jo Miller 

      4 years ago from Tennessee

      This is wonderful.

      My favorite time to daydream is early in the morning. I'm usually up before my husband and I love that quiet time, 'watching the morning come', I call it. It's an important part of my day.

      I keep my computer away from me during this time of meditation so I will not be tempted to pick it up.

    • DonnaCSmith profile imageAUTHOR

      Donna Campbell Smith 

      4 years ago from Central North Carolina

      Jackie, I hope you can make some time to daydream again!

    • Jackie Lynnley profile image

      Jackie Lynnley 

      4 years ago from The Beautiful South

      I was a child and adult day dreamer but just lately realized I do not daydream anymore. Maybe my life is too busy; just don't know but I did enjoy the days of daydreams and if I got on a certain story I just loved it got continued on and on and I lived for it to continue. It was a happy place to be. But now I am happy without them; maybe they are an escape, who knows? Great subject to ponder! ^

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