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”

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”

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?”

Three ways maladaptive daydreaming makes you feel bad about yourself

Many maladaptive daydreamers don’t like themselves very much, and when you don’t like or respect yourself, you tend to act in ways that reinforce the idea that you’re a bad person. Although I don’t believe that immersive daydreaming is, in itself, a bad thing, I do think that if your daydreaming is more on theContinue reading “Three ways maladaptive daydreaming makes you feel bad about yourself”

How to live an abundant life as a daydreamer

Does being a daydreamer make it easier or harder to live a real life filled with abundance? What does it mean to live an abundant life? And how can we use our daydreams to help us feel more abundant in all areas of our lives? Let’s begin by considering what we mean by abundance. ForContinue reading “How to live an abundant life as a daydreamer”

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”

What your daydreams can tell you about what’s missing in your life

Maladaptive daydreaming often has its roots in a need to escape. Something in real life is too painful to deal with, or is outside our control, so we retreat into a fantasy life to escape from it. But for many immersive and maladaptive daydreamers, it can also work the other way round. Instead of beingContinue reading “What your daydreams can tell you about what’s missing in your life”

Why you shouldn’t be ashamed of your daydreaming

Everyone experiences shame. It’s that little voice in your head that tells you that you aren’t good enough, or that you don’t deserve to be successful, or that nobody loves you. And for a lot of maladaptive daydreamers, it’s the voice that says that daydreaming makes you a bad person or is a sign thatContinue reading “Why you shouldn’t be ashamed of your daydreaming”

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”