Daydreaming is the act of allowing your mind to wander away from the task at hand. While seemingly simple, research suggests that it can be a very powerful act when it comes to stimulating your creativity.
Creative Problem Solving
When the mind enters into a daydreaming state, it reduces stress in the body and helps your mind roam more freely. This state allows your mind to access latent information and make free associations between pieces of data that might otherwise seem unrelated. These associations can help lead you to solutions that you had not previously considered.
While daydreaming, there are no rules or constraints you need to abide by, which gives you the opportunity to see a more expansive list of possibilities for your future. Because daydreaming is a relaxed state of being, it allows you to visualize your goals without pressure. This allows you to identify what is most important to you and the next steps you need to take in order to achieve the goals you set for yourself. As you come out of a daydreaming session that involves these next steps, it is common to notice an uptick in your motivation to get to work on them.
In addition to the above-mentioned benefits, daydreaming is indicative of a healthy mental life. Research suggests that daydreaming is correlated with many positive, adaptive things in our lives such as curiosity, enhanced social skills, constructive planning, or just a simple and brief escape from reality.
Daydreaming offers a litany of benefits, and bolstering creativity and adaptive problem-solving are at the top of the list. But don’t take our word for it! Next time you find yourself in need of some extra creativity, try stepping away from your project and allowing your mind to wander.
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