There are two schools of thought regarding daydreaming. In a society that emphasizes productivity, daydreaming is looked upon asa waste of time. And the daydreamer is thought to be lazy, a slacker, a space cadet, or even a flake. The other school of thought believes that daydreaming is actually beneficial to our health. It can, research indicates, even boost human productivity. Did you know that daydreaming is something nearly everyone does naturally? It is. Psychologists believe that you humans (and maybe even some frogs, like your's truly) daydream from 1/3 to 1/2 of their waking hours...even though the average daydream only lasts for a few minutes. (Some of mine, I think, have gone on for years but that's another story.)
Daydreaming helps us to relax; it's thought to be a type of meditation; it allows our minds to take a break. It's a mini-vacation for the brain!
Daydreaming also helps us to manage conflict. It's thought to be a form of visualization and that can help reduce anxiety and stress. This can be useful in managing personal conflicts. Try thinking about a disagreement or argument you've had recently. Visualize that same interaction many times, but with different responses. Find the one that seems to work best and remember it the next time a similar situation occurs.
Daydreaming can help make personal relationships strong, too. Happy couples report thinking about their partner several times each day while their apart. This has proven to make the relationship stronger over time.
Daydreaming relieves boredom. Those folks with boring jobs will tell you that daydreaming helps to stimulate their minds and keep them going throughout their shift.
Daydreaming can also boost productivity, help you achieve your goals, and cement your beliefs and values.
So don't let anyone ever tell you that daydreaming is a waste of time. It's valuable in many ways, plus it's kind of fun! I like to daydream that I'm a famous author and I'm at a book sining with thousands of adoring fans. I also like to daydream about fat, juicy bugs...
Whatever your daydreams are, or whatever you fatasize about. It's ok. It's normal. And, probably, good for you. So why not take a few minutes...maybe even right now...and close your eyes and let your mind wander off. If it's anything like mine, I'm sure it could use the break.