It’s certainly fun to imagine ourselves in situations we think are not possible from where we are at the moment. Whether you envision yourself being on stage as you strum the guitar with a catchy tune entertaining thousands of teary-eyed fans or whether it’s you on an island enjoying the sun and the sea, daydreaming has no limits. You can imagine whatever you want and if you daydream even harder, it gives you the sense of being close to it.
Regardless of your fantasies, daydreaming is actually great for you. It doesn’t just make you feel more inspired to work harder to reach your goals, it’s actually good for your overall health and well-being. There are health benefits from visualizing yourself living your dream house in the countryside.
There are psychological gains from imagining yourself in Hollywood landing your first screenwriting gig. So, if you think daydreaming is futile because it’s not close to your reality, think again. By daydreaming, you can achieve the following benefits:
Daydreaming requires efforts on your brain’s part. Basically, the capacity to recall the past and visualize the future is a highly complex form of thinking. The way in which you fantasize and think hard is, technically, the result of your brain’s physical configuration. This then keeps on changing whenever there’s new information in the manifestation of new neural passageways caused by neuroplasticity.
There are two primary systems in the brain. One is for analyzing and making decisions and the other is the one is for relating and empathizing. When you’re heavily involved in one system, the other one becomes idle and free as there’s not much room for it to get involved. When you daydream, there’s a cyclic flow between these two systems in the brain that results in these parts switching on and off as you imagine.
A lot of well-known people in the field of art attribute their ideas to daydreaming. This is because daydreaming makes your mind travel through various parts of your brain. As it does, it gathers bits of information that it may be able to connect to form a great concept that one can use to venture into something.
Even without learning about the technical aspects of the brain, we can simply suppose that daydreaming can help with creativity. By imagining, you’re opening various dimensions that are crucial in the scenarios that your mind is playing.
Thanks to your brain’s functions, you’re able to recall an event in the past or even imagine the future. Your capacity to imagine can also lead you to understand others by visualizing what they might be thinking or feeling. It could alter the way you interact with people and make better chances for enhanced communication and social ties. Hence, daydreaming will not only make your brain sharper, it can also help you become a better person through empathy.
Through your memory, you’re able to store information and remember them when needed despite disruptions of daily life. A recent study shows that there’s a link between daydreaming and increased memory. As mentioned earlier, your brain exerts efforts when daydreaming and this form of exercise that the brain undergoes ends up boosting your memory as well.
A Cornell University study shows that daydreaming is associated with better performance. Another study also demonstrates that daydreaming has a positive, instantaneous effect on the performance of duties.
By daydreaming, it’s like your hypnotizing yourself. As a result, you may enjoy the benefits of reduced stress levels. With your stress alleviated, your overall health improves. Moreover, daydreaming is also associated with a healthier brain.
That’s why those who suffer from brain-related diseases such as autism and Alzheimer’s are not capable of daydreaming. What’s more is that this form of self-hypnosis can also improve the quality of your sleep.