The Power of Daydreaming

Article posted in: Lifestyle

We here are big fans of daydreaming. We can’t tell you how many times our spouses or bosses have come across us staring out a window and said, “What are you doing? The trash isn’t going to take itself out, you know.” Or “Hello? Don’t you have a report to write?” But the fact is, daydreaming can be a valuable way to recharge your psychic batteries and prepare for the challenges ahead.

Life can be filled with struggles and stress. And don’t get us wrong. We love our lives, our busy, busy lives. But kids, deadlines, community obligations, bills—all a part of every day life—can add up over time and seem like a burden rather than the gift most of them are.

So here’s what we do, and what we suggest you do: daydream. We like to look out a window, but you can do it anywhere and at any time (except when driving). At some point in your life you might have called it spacing out, but we now know from countless studies that there’s a real value in imagining outcomes or scenarios that are pleasant to you. Maybe you see yourself at your weight loss goal, slipping into a bathing suit and going on vacation to a beach for the first time in a long time. Maybe you picture your kids as grown ups, with happy families of their own. Maybe you don’t see or picture anything. Maybe you just are.

Regardless of what you do with your daydream, it’s important to remember that this is your time, and it’s vital to try to make time for yourself. Working on your weight loss is one way you do it. Clearing your mind and envisioning pleasant things, positive environments and happy outcomes is another.

Here’s another tip: when that spouse or boss asks you what you’re up to, give them a smile and tell them the truth. “I’m daydreaming!”

Then ask them, “Care to join me?”

A daydream can be a really pleasant thing to share.