In February this year Huffington Post published an article about how important daydreaming is. In my humble opinion, without talking to experts on this issue I think so, too. When I was a kid I loved to daydream, at any possible occasion. Daydreaming helped a lot not getting bored, a valuable lesson and I never got bored ever again, not even while waiting for a long time in a queue – may it be in the waiting room at the doctor or at the supermarket.
Daydreaming enhances creativity
Instead of telling our children to stop it we should embrace the fact that they do it and encourage them. It helps build creativity, to think about stories, ideas and in this dawn and age where productivity became more important in our society creativity has the chance to change. So many countries, companies and societies are evolving and therefore we urgently need dreamers who do think the impossible, just because every other states that is not possible. Dream the impossible and then make it work.
I imagine the picture of people like Albert Einstein, Isaac Newton and Nelson Mandela among many others wandering around daydreaming. It’s also kinda easy to see people like Terry Pratchett, Neil Gaiman and J.K. Rowling and what they may gain as authors but this is also important for everyone else. Creativity can be helpful in every area, starting with leisure activites, family, friends and business.
Daydreaming reduces stress
Everyone one of us is sometimes confronted with a situation that seems to be unsolvable for the moment, this leads to a stress momentum. The typical stress management recommendation is to find time to relax, let your mind wander and rethink the whole situation. For me it seems very similar to daydreaming – let your mind wander, think about other things, a book you currently read, the characters and or about the movie you just saw and why it moved you.
Daydreaming in the daily schedule
We became a “busy society”, always on the run, personally I think that it begins – or even started already in some countries – to reduce that in a natural way. We – as a society – start to rethink our values, is it money, is it friends, family or leisure activities. In doing that we also reduce the stress factors each and every one of us has to face each day.
You may take your share of daydreaming on your way to work, while jogging – still being aware when you have to pay attention to your surroundings. Even some minutes during the day will help a lot, lay down the newspaper, close your eyes and relax, if music helps then use it.
The article in the Huffington Post referred to a study, published on psych central which describes how the research was done and what effects can be expected.