I really love this word, don’t you? But I immediately have to confess I’m not the kind of person who easily gets lost in daydreams. Do you think of yourself as a daydreamy type?
I only wish I could…
Although I have to admit I’ve caught myself on it several times lately when working in my new studio. It seems like these big windows with view on the garden and nature invites my mind to wander freely.
I’m wondering though if there would be a manual for daydreaming? Some simple tools we might use to daydream? A guideline perhaps? Or is it something that’s related to the way we live?
Do we allow yourself to daydream or does it seem like a waste of time? Haven’t we lost so many opportunities to daydream? We are busy all the time and our mind is constantly distracted by our mobile phones, to-do lists, … . It seems as if time to daydream is as volatile and elusive as this airy thistle fluff.
What helps you to daydream? When was the last time you caught yourself on daydreaming? For me it can be sitting on the train and having nothing to do but gazing out the window, running in nature, walking in the woods or reading a book, … and apparently looking out of my studio windows! These are the moments my mind and thoughts can stray.
Time seems different when we are daydreaming. It seems as if time goes slower somehow. Our minds function differently when we daydream. We are more playful, intuitive and relaxed.
Perhaps that’s why creative and inspirational ideas are often born from daydreaming. Did you ever notice how kids who were bored for some time suddenly came up with a new idea to play? Boredom is a necessary thing to get inspired, as is daydreaming.
We need to allow our mind space to ponder so our imagination can be free. Studies have shown that daydreaming works like a neural reset button. It refreshes the brain and is restorative for our functioning in daily life.
Allowing ourselves space to daydream is essential for our mental well-being. It is quite vital to have time when we are not thinking about anything productive but just letting our thoughts float freely. We all need moments in our day when our minds are relaxed and disengaged from things.
I think, especially as creatives, daydreaming is essential to nourish our creativity. There must be gaps in our days to let our minds slow down, to distance ourselves from the constant distractions that keep our brains occupied. This way of living will make room for new ideas and inspiration in a way we’ve never thought.
What if we would let October be our month of daydreaming? To find small moments in our life to slow down and to allow our mind to wander freely… and see where it leads us?