The negative emotions your daydreaming is trying to protect you from

There are some experiences and emotions that immersive and maladaptive daydreamers don’t experience as often as most people, if at all. Sometimes this is a good thing – it’s great to have a range of tools for dealing with negative emotions. But it can also be damaging. We feel emotions for a reason, and ifContinue reading “The negative emotions your daydreaming is trying to protect you from”

Are daydreamers more prone to burnout and mental exhaustion?

Are daydreamers more prone to burnout and mental exhaustion? That’s a question I’ve been asking myself over the last few weeks. I suspect I’ve been suffering from burnout for the last six months or so, but I’ve been blaming pressure of work, the difficulties of balancing work and family life during the pandemic, uncertainty aboutContinue reading “Are daydreamers more prone to burnout and mental exhaustion?”

Daydreaming as an antidote to overthinking – why you shouldn’t worry about not worrying

One of the fascinating things about being an immersive daydreamer is how my daydreaming affects the way I respond to real-world situations. For example, I worry a lot less than most normative daydreamers I know. I think everyone, regardless of their daydreaming style, worries about a whole range of different things, but I think theContinue reading “Daydreaming as an antidote to overthinking – why you shouldn’t worry about not worrying”

When stress becomes a habit – and your daydreams just stress you more

Many of us began daydreaming to escape from something stressful that was going on in our lives. Daydreaming helped us get away from the stressful situation, but it did nothing to solve the problem; the stress was still there every time we returned to reality. Depending on how old we were at the time, andContinue reading “When stress becomes a habit – and your daydreams just stress you more”

Moving forward when the future is uncertain or out of your control

Do you ever think that everything will be OK when you get a new job/your crush notices you/you have time/conditions are perfect, etc? I think we daydreamers do this a lot. In our daydream worlds, we can make everything perfect. We can control everything. So when confronted with a real-life situation that’s outside our control,Continue reading “Moving forward when the future is uncertain or out of your control”

Why daydreamers procrastinate

Procrastination affects everyone to a certain extent, but daydreamers may be particularly prone to it. If you would rather be daydreaming than doing just about anything else, it’s easy to see why you might put off important but unappealing tasks in order to indulge in your habit. But in the long term, procrastination leads toContinue reading “Why daydreamers procrastinate”

How does daydreaming affect your stress levels?

I spent most of last week being trained as a Mental Health First Aider. One of the concepts we discussed on the course was that of the “stress container”. You may have come across this concept before, but it’s worth repeating in the context of immersive and maladaptive daydreaming, as it provides another useful wayContinue reading “How does daydreaming affect your stress levels?”