How to Understand Why Daydreaming
Isn’t a Mental Illness! 6 Amazing Benefits
A Child’s World is Built from Dreams to Build a Brilliant Mind & Life
Daydreaming has at times come across as being something negative, often been seen that there is something wrong with someone mentally. As it is found to be disruptive to external tasks or a loss of attention to what is happening at a given moment. Daydreaming in very normal, an important part of Building a Brilliant Mind and a Brilliant Life.
In this article, I share with you the story of my childhood years, my education, and how daydreaming can enhance your creativity and imagination. I also explain how it allows you to explore, how you fit into the world, and what you can do to make it a better place. You will learn the 6 Amazing benefits to your mental and cognitive development, how to adapt daydreaming into your daily life, so that you don’t lose focus of the other areas of your life that are also important to you.
Importance of Allowing Children to be Children
After raising 3 children and being a child myself. I can attest that each child learns at his or her own pace. They each have their own set of skills, differences and uniqueness. It is wrong and unfair to compare one child’s abilities at a given age or stage of life to another. The truth is you can’t compare one child to another, because they are so unique that doing so leads only to frustration
Looking back, I was a Daydreamer at School – As I was writing this article, I realised how vital it is to let Children Be Children! To help them grow up into Wonderful Adults!
My Years as a School Student:
Bearing in mind I am now over 60 years of age, so it is a while ago now! I would be sent off to school after consuming some toast and maybe cornflakes and rice bubbles not exactly a nourishing breakfast as we now know. I would have to walk 2 – 3 kilometres, this was from the very beginning of starting school at 5 years of age.
After finally getting to school, getting my books out of my bag, then hanging my bag on the hook. I would go into class. PHEW! Time for a Break! So I would daydream: Reminiscing about all the experiences on my way to school. On my long journey to school I had many amazing daydreaming experiences (in my imagination) going into haunted houses, flying through the air etc)
The teacher would be doing the best to get me to pay attention and listen to what was going on in class, but I still would drift off into my wonder world. I somehow miraculously went on to finish primary school where spelling and maths were my best subjects somehow getting full marks. Homework was never part of the equation as somehow my mother never seemed to allow or encourage it. I would try and sneak any work that needed to be done at home at my dressing table in my bedroom.
Like many young girls back then you went on to High School, I was sent to a Girls Technical High School. Firstly, so you wouldn’t be led astray by “Boys” and secondly you were going to go on to do office work because that was what girls did. Work in an office for a while, got married had children and didn’t really pursue any career as such.
Well, I finished High School, no magnificent grades, then went on to work as a receptionist at various jobs with various roles and commitments. Until I had my children – everything changed my world lit up and I went on to do Formal study where I graduated with Distinctions. Amazing what purpose does for each of us. I now had people in my life that I wanted to set up a great foundation for and to be a role model whom they could be proud of.
How and Why Daydreaming
Is Important for Human Development
Daydreaming is a common and natural human process. I can be said to have both positive and negative effects on mental health. However, further research has found that in actual fact daydreaming has many positive effects to enhance a child’s creativity, problem-solving skills, mental health, and cognitive thinking. Daydreaming can also help children to develop social skills, process information, cope with stress, trauma, and negative situations. Daydreaming can be a source of inspiration, motivation, and happiness for children for the enjoyment of exploring their imagination.
Daydreaming is an important aspect of human development and coping skills. But like any area of life, a healthy balance is necessary so that it doesn’t have a negative impact on other areas of development and processes that are important for building a successful, happy life. 4 areas that are important include.
- Reading & Writing – Remember the 3 keys that were important when it came to school learning – were reading, writing and arithmetic. These were your foundations for your primary school education.
- Being outdoors – Enjoying nature, helping with gardening seeing things grow from tiny seeds.
- Sport – Any type of sport that a child enjoys, it great for self-confidence, social interaction and learning new physical skills.
- Communication – Working on communication, is of vital importance. Learning to express feelings, emotions in a positive constructive way with one another.
- Fresh, Healthy Food is essential for physical, mental, emotional and cognitive health.
There are many factors that contribute to enhancing the mental and cognitive abilities of children and adults, which help them shape their lives and their world. This process is unique for each individual. It requires taking it one step at a time, one day at a time.
As you see, daydreaming is not a waste of time, but rather an important part of a person/child’s life. that can have both benefits and drawbacks for children’s mental health. Daydreaming can be a valuable tool for children’s development, as long as it is balanced with other important aspects of development as mentioned. Allowing their inspiration to grow, put action to their goals and dreams.
6 Amazing Benefits of Daydreaming!
- Reducing stress and anxiety
- Enhancing creativity and problem-solving
- Improving memory
- Boosting empathy
- Helping to plan future events and find meaning in life’s story
- Increasing performance and focus
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