How To Stop Daydreaming Once For All: 16 Effective Ways

In this new article you’ll learn how to stop daydreaming.

If daydreaming is interfering with your daily tasks, it may be a sign that you need to work on your attention span and reserve sleep for the night. It may be helpful to determine the extent and purpose of daydreaming to limit it.

Then you can implement ways to reduce daydreaming, improve your concentration, and participate in activities that will keep your attention for longer periods of time.

How To Stop Daydreaming:

1. Recognize where your fantasies are coming from.

Understanding why you are daydreaming is the key to learning how to stop. Finding a way to remedy the problem can be more difficult if you don’t understand why something is happening (what is at the root of the problem).

Escaping into dreams is a common strategy to escape stress or other unpleasant experiences. People can escape and avoid adverse emotional states by immersing themselves in a fictional world.

Dreaming can also be used for self-soothing by imagining dreams coming true. Furthermore, imagining achieved dreams may be associated with a desire to forget certain details (trauma, painful situations, etc.). Daydreaming can lead to the loss of previously learned facts or memories.

Make a list of the many types of fantasies you experience and determine what you think the purpose of each one is. For example, you may find that you often fantasize about interacting with friends, which can help you anticipate what will happen and prepare for it. Another example is that if you dream about buying a house, it may help you see a happier future.

Ask yourself, ‘What is the purpose of my daydreaming in general? Are you dreaming to relax, distract yourself, improve your mood, or just to pass the time?

2. Determine the negative consequences.

If daydreaming is causing problems in your daily life, such as disruptions at work or school, in your interpersonal relationships, or in your personal responsibilities, it is possible that you are escaping into your dreams too often. Unfortunately, a wandering mind can be a disaster for you.

Make a list of the negative effects of daydreaming constantly. This list might include things like: spending less time with family and friends; falling behind in school because you can’t focus; being unable to finish work because you are distracted by dreams; friends and family thinking you aren’t listening to them because your mind is wandering.

3. Raise public awareness

To begin dealing with daydreaming, you must first become aware of when it occurs. It may be beneficial to begin detecting when you are dreaming in the present if you identify the purpose, patterns, and effects of your dreaming.

Losing eye contact with someone during a conversation, having difficulty focusing on the current task, forgetting what was just said in a conversation, thinking thoughts unrelated to the current situation, having imaginary conversations with people, or imagining events taking place in your head are all signs that we may be dreaming.

4. Keep a journal of your dreams.

When you realize you are dreaming, stop and write down what you were fantasizing about, what time of day it was, what circumstances or location you were in, and how long your thoughts wandered. This can help you become more aware of when you are daydreaming and better understand your behavioral patterns.

Consider the value of dreaming. Consider whether your fantasies are helping you in any way.

5. Set rules and boundaries for your dreams.

Some kinds of dreaming can have harmful effects. For example, thinking about people we don’t know well can make us feel more alone. On the other hand, imagining people close to us can improve our sense of connectedness and overall life satisfaction.

Set boundaries for yourself that, if crossed, will alert you that you are overdoing it. Intimacy, extravagant spending, and harsh violence are just a few examples.

Simply glancing at your watch while you are immersed in your own fantasies will convince you that you are wasting your time. Keeping an eye on your watch is a reminder that time is precious and that you should make the most of it because it will never happen again!

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6. Pay attention to your fantasies.

Mind wandering can be used for self-reflection and working toward personal goals. Visualization methods are often used in therapy, especially to treat anxiety and depression. By using visualization methods (1), you can channel your dreams into something beneficial and calming.

An example of a visualization exercise is to close your eyes and imagine yourself in a safe environment. This could be a beach, bedroom, church, or any other place where you feel comfortable, safe, and at ease.

Think about how you feel in that place. Pay attention to the temperature, the air, how your body feels, and any other sensations or emotions you experience. Notice the smells and sounds that surround you in your safe haven.

Is there anyone else in your safe harbor? What exactly are you doing in your safe haven? Continue to relax in your safe haven until you are ready to open your eyes.

7. Get up and get moving.

Get up and do something active as soon as you realize you are daydreaming. This is a good way to expend physical energy, which can help your mind focus and reduce daydreaming.

Physical exercise can be helpful. 

8. Reward yourself for your hard work.

Reward yourself every time you finish a task without falling into the trap of daydreaming. The basis of this concept is positive reinforcement, an element of conditioning, and research has shown that it encourages positive actions (such as maintaining attention).

Research has shown that it encourages positive actions (such as maintaining attention), and it also sets personal boundaries (you won’t do something enjoyable until you finish the task) and gives you something to look forward to (a reward).

Give yourself something you enjoy, such as a candy bar or other snack.

You can even reward yourself with a five-minute break at work.

Taking regular breaks really increases your overall productivity. Use this time to do something you enjoy, such as playing a game or texting a colleague.

9. Try out some meditation exercises.

When you dream, you are focusing on fantasies or your own ideas that are not necessarily related to what is happening around you. Being mindful means being present in the moment.

Try focusing on how the fruit feels, looks, and tastes as you eat it.

Learn more about mindfulness and practice mindfulness techniques using online tools.

10. Use grounding techniques to feel better.

Grounding is a healthy and effective alternative to daydreaming and fantasizing because it helps you disconnect from emotional discomfort. It is especially useful in dealing with unpleasant events and emotions.

Grounding can be done in any environment or time, and it can help you focus your thoughts. Once you have completed your grounding practice, return to your normal activities or job. You may discover that using a particular grounding method improves your ability to concentrate.

Name some of the many things in the room and their different functions.

You can name a color or animal that comes to mind.

Remember that if you spend too much time on a grounding method, it will be a type of daydreaming. Limit yourself to about 1 minute before you return to the previous activity.

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11. Make sure you get enough rest.

Increased daydreaming has been linked to poorer sleep quality. If you don’t give your mind a chance to rest at night, it will become hyperactive during the day. People with sleep disorders (2) are more likely to suffer from depression, anxiety, and physical problems.

Develop a sleep pattern (bedtime and wake-up times) and get at least 8 hours of sleep each night.

Try relaxation and breathing exercises to help you fall asleep at night.

12. Take a break from what you are doing.

If you are distracted by working on something, it is a good idea to take a break. Distractions are sometimes a sign that we are working too hard. Taking breaks can really boost your overall productivity, especially when it comes to brainstorming.

Go out for a walk or walk down the street.

For a few minutes, do something you enjoy, such as eating a snack, listening to music, or watching TV.

13. Use both your body and your thoughts.

If you happen to daydream when you are not actively engaged, such as when you are sitting idle, think about doing something active. For people with attention problems, passively moving around can really help with concentration.

Take an anti-stress ball, a stuffed animal, or a pillow to play with.

Some people find that listening to music helps them concentrate while doing simple tasks. It acts as a partial distraction, allowing you to focus on the important things.

14. Explore new interests.

Engage in enjoyable things that require all your concentration.

Do something that motivates you, such as taking a trip to a beautiful place, meditating, or looking at art.

Cycling, hiking, athletics, dancing, aerobics, and yoga are all good ways to exercise.

Avoid activities that promote daydreaming, such as watching TV. Too much TV watching can lead to a decrease in creativity and an increase in daydreaming.

15. Speak with a family member or a friend.

People who have adequate social support enjoy better mental health overall. To cope with any difficulty, including excessive wandering thoughts or distractibility, we need social support.

Choose someone you know well and feel comfortable with. Then, if you have become very immersed in a fantasy, ask if she would be willing to pick up the phone and talk to you.

If friends or family notice that you are dreaming, you can ask them to alert you. This can help you stay on track and become aware of your focus of attention.

16. Make fewer plans and do more.

Since you spend a lot of time thinking about a scenario and little time actually doing anything, planning can be a kind of daydreaming. It’s time to put the dreaming aside and get to work!

Develop a schedule for yourself and stick to it. Get up and get off the stage, or do something constructive if you happen to be daydreaming.

If you find yourself drifting off into dreams, gently encourage yourself to return to the task at hand. Try to be understanding of yourself and not judge yourself.

I want to thank you for taking the time to read my article about how to stop daydreaming. I sincerely hope its contents have been a good help to you.

Przemkas Mosky
Przemkas Mosky started Perfect 24 Hours in 2017. He is a Personal Productivity Specialist, blogger and entrepreneur. He also works as a coach assisting people to increase their motivation, social skills or leadership abilities. Read more here