Daydreaming has been given a negative reputation as a useless mental activity. However, Psychology Today points to recent studies that show benefits to letting your mind wander. Here’s how to use that research to daydream more creatively:
- Stay positive: Daydreams should create a sense of openness to new experiences, feelings and ideas. Be sure to stay away from feelings of anxiety, guilt and failure.
- Dream during boring tasks: The more tedious the task, the more your mind can wander. Iron your shirts, go for a walk, take transit. During these times, your mind is able to make connections between all the information you have stored.
- Fantasize about your future: Imaging your long-term goals and dreams, not only helps you create more strategies for achieving them, but also aids in keeping a positive attitude about the future.
- Dream during an intense project: By turning your attention away from the problem at hand, your mind has time to rest and refocus.
Read the full research behind daydreaming at Psychology Today. As psychologist Jonathan Smallwood reminds us, “not all minds that wander are lost.”