Daydream Therapy

Good Morning all!

Well hasn't it been an interesting week?  I'm back on deck next week with a packed agenda leading into the community event I am hosting - 'Wellness in the Golden Years' - but I wouldn't have it any other way (unless I was literally on a secluded island in a hammock chewing on fresh caught seafood).  For now, I will make do with little escapes I afford myself to rest my mind between demanding tasks in my frequent day dreaming states...that is if I can afford to 'lose' some data as a result.

Day dreaming can be highly therapeutic and in some cases a necessary 'download' from the pressures of analysis, worry and stress.  Day dreaming is an interesting phenomena and common to all humans. As we age, we day dream less (that distant 'I've Got Nothing' look you get from your colleagues could actually be just that) and science shows us that when we go into a day dream, we are more likely to forget what it was we were thinking about just before it started.  Research shows that during day dreaming, your brain is accessing a different type of neural network called 'Resting State Networks'.

Here are some interesting facts about daydreaming:

1.  Day dreaming makes you more creative - by allowing your brain to cycle back through areas of networks that have been laying dormant for some time.  During the day dream your brain has a chance to access different parts of information it wouldn't have otherwise connected.  In some cases, during product development phases - a company would be wise to allow for day dream time to foster more creative thinking in order to stay ahead of the pack in their industry.  This is also the case for problem solving and solutions oriented gatherings.

2.  You day dream less as you get older - possibly as it is thought that day dreaming is commonly about accessing anticipation of the future

3.  Day dreaming makes you forget what you were doing - and the type of daydream determines how much you forget.  In one study the older subjects forgot more about the task they were doing than the younger ones, and it is thought that is due to the fact that they were recalling their childhood life and was therefore further back in memory to access.  Similarly - if you day dream about an overseas trip vs an interstate one, you are more likely to forget more in the overseas daydream. This is probably the most important feature of a daydream, for if you rely on your memory to perform tasks such as a busy doctor or manager - a question about your overseas holiday after memorising a script or detail could cause that important information to be lost in detail.

4.  Day dreaming switches off other parts of the brain - for example if you are analysing data, there may be little room for empathy, hunger, thirst or other signals.  Your brain actually cycles through different modes of thinking during daydreaming, and one mode cannot exist in the presence of another.

5.  Your brain not your mind controls daydreams - the structure of your brain actually determines the level and type of daydreaming you do. For instance a brain injured person or stroke victim may lose the ability to day dream all day dreaming is a very healthy part of human growth and development.

6.  Day dreaming makes you more attractive, slimmer, sexier and smarter - actually there's no science on this, I just wanted to grab your attention before your mind drifted away and you forgot to repost, share or promote this piece.

Remember - a mind in a state of lapse is possibly preventing a company collapse...



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