Mental Health
by @09a8fmharkeesimmons
6 Reasons Why You Should Be Daydreaming More OftenBy far the most frequent request I received from my teachers throughout school was to “stop daydreaming and start focusing”. Almost everyday I’d find myself drifting away from the challenges that came with learning maths or chemistry, and instead spent much of my time imagining what it would be like to be doing anything else that didn’t make me want to put my head through a wall. Sound familiar? It should, because although daydreamers are often labelled as slackers and time-wasters, visualizing different scenarios can actually help us to improve our memories, relationships and creativity. In fact, a Harvard University study found that most of us are simply hardwired to have wandering minds that flow freely unless we’re partaking in an engaging task that requires our full attention. We are naturally inclined to explore our imaginations, to seek wisdom within ourselves and strive for a better existence, all through the power of daydreaming.Here are six reasons why you should continue to visualize, wander and explore your own vast imagination by daydreaming daily!Daydreaming Enhances Your IntelligenceThere are many differing forms of intelligence, each as equally important to rounding out your full character, and the best thing about most of them is that they encourage exploration of imaginary worlds!For many years it was thought that dealing with complex mental tasks required your full, undivided attention and the shutdown of all internal thinking. However, recent research from Cornell University suggests that our abilities are amplified when we employ both our external and internal networks at the same time. That is, the more you allow your mind to wander the easier you’ll find complex tasks.Due to findings like these, NYU psychology professor Scott Barry Kaufman has suggested that we expand the list of intelligences to include ‘spontaneous’ cognitive skills amongst more traditional cognitive skills, which are usually measured by IQ tests. Many of these new skills, such as intuition, self-awareness and sudden insight, are accessed through regular daydreaming. It Develops Your Creativity There are very few creative’s in this world that have managed to begin and complete their inspired endeavours without the use of imagination. In fact, I’d say it was impossible to be creative without allowing your mind to wander.Even if you are not looking to write the next bestselling novel or paint a great piece of art, studies suggest that letting your imagination flow will help you achieve most tasks. The University of California in Santa Barbara found that individuals who took breaks from working on a demanding project to do a menial task that allowed enough mental space for daydreaming to occur were 40% more creative when they returned to their primary task.Those who continued without breaks or switched to equally as challenging projects found it much more difficult to access their creativity. So next time you’re working on a creative task you may want to keep a journal near you so you can doodle or write between work sessions.Reduce Your Stress Levels And Improve Your Health Allowing your imagination to run wild will often leave your body in a similar state to meditation or hypnosis. By taking your mind off of a worrying reality, you will relieve yourself of any intense feelings you are experiencing.This is also great your health because when you daydream your breathing slows, your heart’s pulse rate steadies and your blood pressure lowers. You can even help reduce aches and pains as daydreaming relaxes your body and relieves any tension held in your muscles.Imagination Improves Your Memory Arguably one of the most important distinctions to make when discussing daydreaming is that between not paying attention and pensiveness. Although it makes sense that daydreaming would decrease your ability to memorise events and discussions, it can actually improve your working memory: that is, your ability to retain and recall information.A recent study from the University of Wisconsin and the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Science suggests that individuals who partook in easy projects that encouraged daydreaming were much better at difficult memory tasks that were taken later in the day. It’s thought that this is due to a well-exercised unconscious mind that will internalise any information the conscious mind may miss.Daydreaming Strengthens Your Relationships When you care about someone, be it platonically or romantically, you tend to spend time daydreaming about him or her. You rehearse reunions, relive joyful occasions and visualise a future with them. This act of daydreaming about other people is a crucial part of human existence that helps us to cultivate and maintain healthy, caring relationships within a community.Helps You Form GoalsI’m sure you’ve heard at least one person in your life say something along the lines of “If you imagine yourself with confidence then you’ll soon be the most confident person in any room”. Well, this is technically true. The best way to form ambitions, goals, plans and ideal scenarios is to envision them using your imagination. Without this ability we wouldn’t be able to premeditate, arrange our futures or form end goals. So next time someone tells you to “stop daydreaming and start focusing”, you can guarantee that you’re actually benefitting from your brain breaks and becoming smarter, more creative, strengthening your relationships and improving your memory!Author Bio: Johan Olers is a resident writer for bobby movie apk