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Why Should I Daydream?

Has anyone ever given you a funny look and told you that you have your head stuck in the clouds?

What if we told you that it’s not a bad thing?

In a world full of stimulation, it can be challenging to develop a healthy relationship with social media. It’s easy to fill every moment of silence with someone else’s thoughts and opinions, so we never have to face our own.

Studies have proven that this is one of the leading causes of the spike in feelings of loneliness, comparison, and even chaos.

Putting down your phone and allowing your mind to wander freely for a few moments a day can actually contribute to the moments when you need to intentionally focus, leading to a higher success rate in academics, work, and other areas that need problem-solving in your life!

The ability to take a break from the stimulation around you and “deep think” shows someone with a high capacity for creativity and intelligence.

What are a few ways that you can remove the distractions, and give your mind the opportunity to take a break?

Use the timer on your phone.

Many smartphones now have the ability to limit the amount of time you spend on your phone or a certain app. If you find yourself reaching for the screen out of habit- set a limit! When the timer is up, take it as a signal to focus your attention elsewhere.

Leave your phone on the nightstand.

The most healing times of the day for our brain are right before we fall asleep, and right after we wake up. Allow your mind to process all that you learned and picked up since early that morning by simply being still!

Check your feelings.

If you notice that you slipped off into the clouds, check to see how you’re feeling. If you have peace- then that’s great! But if this train of thought gave you anxiety, it might be helpful to reflect on the situation. How can you think differently? Is there a way to refocus?

Sometimes the best thing we can do for our mental health is to allow our brain to do what it does best!

Remember, it’s okay to take a break and just be quiet. In fact, it’s good for you!

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