Let’s all face it; life is not always the most exciting thing on the street. Some of us choose to occupy the blank spaces by daydreaming, but eventually this habit can get out of hand. It will also eventually lead to pain and depression, as you’re going to, at some point, realize that most of you daydreams might not come true. Here’s how to nip it in the bud.
- Be fantastical. It is much less painful to realize that you’re not going to go on tour with your favorite musician than to realize that you might not get to go out with your crush.
- Set guidelines for your daydreams. Choose boundaries that, when crossed, signal you to stop daydreaming. Some of them might include intimacy, spending large amounts of money, or extreme violence.
- Occupy yourself. If you’re someone who begins to daydream when they’re not particularly engaged, such as sitting idly, grab a pillow or a stuffed animal that you can fiddle with.
- Find a hobby. It’s almost always healthier to be very knowledgeable about something than to spend hours fantasizing.
- Limit yourself. You’re not as likely to daydream about someone you know little about as you are to daydream about someone you know tonnes about, to limit how much you learn about people. (Until you’ve met them, of course.)
- Get a daydream hotline. Pick someone that you know very well and feel very comfortable with. Then, ask them if they’d be available to answer their phone and chat with you if you’ve become particularly engrossed in a daydream.
- Sleep. If you’re daydreaming because of idle time, take a nap instead. Make sure to set an alarm, though.