8 Reasons Why Busy People Should Make Time to Daydream

Daydreaming often gets a bad rap. The act itself doesn’t accomplish anything, so people tend to view it as a waste of time. But in addition to being an idle way to pass a few minutes, daydreaming has a number of benefits, even — or especially — for the busiest of us. Here are eight reasons why daydreaming is an important part of your daily routine.

1. It Lets You Travel.
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No matter where you actually are, how much work you have, or what you can afford, daydreaming can take you anywhere in the world.

2. It Relieves Stress.
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Most of us can’t take a break on the beach when we’re feeling pressure at work or school. Taking a few minutes to daydream may not be the same, but it can be a welcome respite from a stressful day.

3. It Induces Creative Thinking.
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If you’re stuck in a creative rut or feeling uninspired, there’s no better way to get your imagination flowing than by daydreaming.

4. It Helps You Cope With Menial Tasks.
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Daydreaming while doing mindless jobs makes them a little less boring. What else are you going to do while you’re washing dishes, anyway?

5. It Lets You Do Anything.

You can run for president! You can skydive! Absolutely anything you want to accomplish in a daydream can be accomplished, without risk or embarrassment.

6. It Motivates You.
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If you want something, daydream about it. Envisioning goals will motivate you to make them happen.

7. It Helps You Avoid the Unavoidable.
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You may not have a dental appointment every day, but no day goes by without the arrival of an unpleasant situation. Daydreaming makes unfortunate moments easier to tolerate.

8. It Gets Things Out of Your System.
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Chronic stress puts your health at risk

Chronic Stress Post ThumbnailChronic stress can wreak havoc on your mind and body. Take steps to control your stress.

By Mayo Clinic staff

Your body is hard-wired to react to stress in ways meant to protect you against threats from predators and other aggressors. Such threats are rare today, but that doesn’t mean that life is free of stress.

On the contrary, you undoubtedly face multiple demands each day, such as shouldering a huge workload, making ends meet and taking care of your family. Your body treats these so-called minor hassles as threats. As a result you may feel as if you’re constantly under assault. But you can fight back. You don’t have to let stress control your life.

Understanding the natural stress response

When you encounter a perceived threat — a large dog barks at you during your morning walk, for instance — your hypothalamus, a tiny region at the base of your brain, sets off an alarm system in your body. Through a combination of nerve and hormonal signals, this system prompts your adrenal glands, located atop your kidneys, to release a surge of hormones, including adrenaline and cortisol.

Adrenaline increases your heart rate, elevates your blood pressure and boosts energy supplies. Cortisol, the primary stress hormone, increases sugars (glucose) in the bloodstream, enhances your brain’s use of glucose and increases the availability of substances that repair tissues.

Cortisol also curbs functions that would be nonessential or detrimental in a fight-or-flight situation. It alters immune system responses and suppresses the digestive system, the reproductive system and growth processes. This complex natural alarm system also communicates with regions of your brain that control mood, motivation and fear.

When the natural stress response goes haywire

The body’s stress-response system is usually self-limiting. Once a perceived threat has passed, hormone levels return to normal. As adrenaline and cortisol levels drop, your heart rate and blood pressure return to baseline levels, and other systems resume their regular activities.

But when stressors are always present and you constantly feel under attack, that fight-or-flight reaction stays turned on.

The long-term activation of the stress-response system — and the subsequent overexposure to cortisol and other stress hormones — can disrupt almost all your body’s processes. This puts you at increased risk of numerous health problems, including:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Digestive problems
  • Heart disease
  • Sleep problems
  • Weight gain
  • Memory and concentration impairment

That’s why it’s so important to learn healthy ways to cope with the stressors in your life.

Why you react to life stressors the way you do

Your reaction to a potentially stressful event is different from anyone else’s. How you react to stressors in your life is affected by such factors as:

  • Genetics. The genes that control the stress response keep most people on a fairly even keel, only occasionally priming the body for fight or flight. Overactive or underactive stress responses may stem from slight differences in these genes.
  • Life experiences. Strong stress reactions sometimes can be traced to traumatic events. People who suffered neglect or abuse as children tend to be particularly vulnerable to stress. The same is true of victims of violent crime, airplane crash survivors, military personnel, police officers and firefighters.

You may have some friends who seem laid-back about almost everything and others who react strongly at the slightest stress. Most reactions to life stressors fall somewhere between those extremes.

Learning to react to life stressors in a healthy way

Stressful events are a fact of life. And you may not be able to change your current situation. But you can take steps to manage the impact these events have on you.

You can learn to identify what stresses you and how to take care of yourself physically and emotionally in the face of stressful situations.

Stress management strategies include:

  • Eating a healthy diet and getting regular exercise and plenty of sleep
  • Practicing relaxation techniques or learning to meditate
  • Fostering healthy friendships
  • Having a sense of humor
  • Seeking professional counseling when needed

The payoff for learning to manage stress is peace of mind and — perhaps — a longer, healthier life.