I remember as a child I would travel the world in a day. I would conquer new planets. Meet new races. Save someone in trouble.
All the adventures would happen in my head. I was daydreaming. I remember feeling elated, free and thrilled. Then as I got older, I started feeling ashamed about my adventures in a fantasy land.
As adults, we frown upon daydreaming. We usually label it as childish, immature, or even shameful.
There are also certain metal illnesses associated with excessive daydreaming.
Modern psychology, however, has busted the negative myth on occasional daydreaming and proven that it is helpful, healthy and even beneficial! Hooray!
There are studies done using MRI scans that reveal that areas responsible for motivation, language and spontaneity lit up during daydreaming. That means when daydreaming we are in a way of exercising our brain and learning new emotional responses.
Other study found out that daydreaming could aid creative insights. Yet, daydreaming prevents analytic thought, according to the same study.
Never go to sleep without a request to your subconscious." - Thomas Edison
Below you will find 3 ways daydreaming is good for you:
1. Problem-solving aid
In the ScienceDaily article, researchers suggest daydreaming could help with problem-solving. Unlike previously thought, daydreaming does not mean laziness. Our brain is apparently more active during daydreaming than during focused tasks.
2. Low mood remedy
Psychology Today ran with a post suggesting that daydreaming might improve low mood. By allowing one's mind to wander while focusing on something, we switch the tasks and as a result refresh our brain. This could aid in lowering stress and improving mood.
3. Creativity burst
Professor Stuart Thompson, Neurobiologist from Stanford University, writes how daydreaming might help to prime our subconscious for creativity. Our brain remains highly active and works on consolidating our memories while we are asleep. If you daydream about a problem before going to sleep you might have an 'aha moment' when you wake up.
Daydreaming could serve as an escape route during current tough times by offering a respite from our reality. We could daydream before going to sleep and encourage our brain to create new pathways, or daydream while doing chores to make the task more enjoyable.
Or we could daydream about that day when we may hug our loved ones again and let those happiness hormones flood our system.
Do you daydream at all?