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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
If you want something, daydream about it. Envisioning goals will motivate you to make them happen.
7. It Helps You Avoid the Unavoidable.
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.
Some behavior is unacceptable in real life. Secretly in love with someone who doesn’t know you exist? Hate your boss? Here’s your solution!