3 simple hacks to turn your daydreaming into a healthy habit

For most of us, excessive daydreaming started out as a coping mechanism. A coping mechanism is any strategy our mind uses to protect us from psychological harm. In the beginning we were doing what we needed to do to protect ourselves. Excessive daydreaming often begins in childhood, when many of the psychological stressors we wereContinue reading “3 simple hacks to turn your daydreaming into a healthy habit”

How to be as awesome in real life as you are in your daydreams

I’ve written before about why it can be hard for daydreamers to set goals. But despite that, we all have things we want to achieve, whether that’s getting a promotion, buying a bigger house or just finding the courage to join the local choir. And the good news is that you can use the talentsContinue reading “How to be as awesome in real life as you are in your daydreams”

Treatment of maladaptive daydreaming disorder

You’re either an immersive daydreamer or you’re not – that’s a function of the way your brain is wired and will never change. But whether or not an immersive daydreamer develops maladaptive daydreaming disorder (MaDD) depends on a whole range of things, many of which are still not fully understood. MaDD is not officially recognizedContinue reading “Treatment of maladaptive daydreaming disorder”

How much time do you spend daydreaming? And how much is too much?

Some daydreamers spend many hours daydreaming every day. In fact, for some of us, daydreaming is our default state of thinking – we always have a daydream running in the background whenever our mind doesn’t need to be 100% focused on the present moment. But are you spending too much time daydreaming? And how muchContinue reading “How much time do you spend daydreaming? And how much is too much?”

Mindfulness for daydreamers who can’t meditate

I’ve mentioned mindfulness before on this blog. I believe it’s a great tool for maintaining our mental health and for helping to get control over our daydreaming. But if you’ve tried traditional meditations that encourage you to sit still, clear your mind and focus on your breath, you might have found it too difficult andContinue reading “Mindfulness for daydreamers who can’t meditate”

The beginning of chapter two

It’s been a transformative few months. In the middle of October I had a mental breakdown. It had nothing to do with being a daydreamer. I’d been trying to struggle on through lockdown-induced burnout, pressures at work and a complicated family situation for far too long. Everyone has their breaking point, and I found mine.Continue reading “The beginning of chapter two”

Signing off for a while – a daydreamer’s personal journey

This is going to be a much more personal post than I’m used to writing. And it may not even make much sense. I’m finding it hard to string a coherent thought together at the moment, but I wanted to write this because I may not post again for a while. Daydreaming has been myContinue reading “Signing off for a while – a daydreamer’s personal journey”

Can you have a healthy relationship with someone who only exists in your head?

A fundamental part of the way we daydream is that we make up characters. They might be completely fictional, brought in when the plot line requires them, or they might be based on someone we know or wish we knew. If these characters stick around for any length of time, it’s likely we’ll become emotionallyContinue reading “Can you have a healthy relationship with someone who only exists in your head?”

The High 5 Habit, daydreamer style

I watched a video by Mel Robbins last week about her new book, The High 5 Habit and was inspired to sign up for The High 5 Challenge. So what exactly is the High 5 Habit, and how does it fit into a daydreamer’s lifestyle? The High 5 Habit is simply this: every morning whenContinue reading “The High 5 Habit, daydreamer style”

Learning to make choices and trust your intuition

Navigating the complexities of life involves making decisions. Some decisions can have profound consequences for the way life unfolds, so it’s natural to be afraid of making the wrong choice. We can make choices in a logical, left-brained way, where we carefully list the pros and cons of each option, look at the likely consequences,Continue reading “Learning to make choices and trust your intuition”