Do you sometimes feel you are wasting time with daydreaming or not being as productive as you feel you should be?
Perhaps you are experiencing (notice I did not say "suffering") symptoms commonly associated with ADD/ADHD.
When you feel absent minded, you might just be more present than you think.
When you daydream, you are caught in fantasies and potentials that are personal to you. They might be memories, or rehashing old experiences, and other interior landscapes.
In our society, daydreaming has been connected to developmentally stunted behavior, or outright disordered behaviors. Everyone seems quick to assume that a wandering mind is a quite unhappy or stressed mind; but forgets that all innovation and progress, actually is born from a certain escape from the reality externally, into an inner reality.
So, daydreaming as a deficit is quite far from the truth.
Parents and employers assume that daydreaming on work or school time, means that work is not being done. True, work should not be a backseat to daydreaming, but there needs to be a reality check.
Work (in school or employment) that is either not understood or, too below the intellect of the individual, will be fodder to daydreaming to escape the reality of the situation.
That being said, daydreaming can also be a coping strategy of an abused child or neglected partner.
Let me bring up an example though, that many people turn to the arts when in struggle as well. Africans who wished to escape the pain of slavery, often sang, but the songs also served the purpose of communication. The songs would also signify celebratory events or, other events that individuals wanted to be brought to other generations.
So, on the surface, a song is just a song, but obviously, songs can serve much deeper meaning.
Daydreaming is similar. Not that I would compare being "stuck" with being enslaved, as it is not the same thing at all, I do know that there is a level of expression and deeper meaning to be extracted from daydreaming.
Our environments make incredible demands upon us. Everything from Instagram to managing our finances, takes emotional and mental effort. The very fact that we all do daydream, and we all do (don't think you don't), means that we are wired to do so. Our human condition is such that we spend time, maybe as much as 50% for some people, deciding how to manage our time, our day, and in wonder, in some way.
People do differ in how, when and what they daydream about; as it should be - as we are all unique. If you daydream because you have poor attention control, for instance, your daydreams might be more escapism and you might feel less successful or fulfilled. This might be you if you are thinking about what you will say, when someone else is speaking, or if you can't easily complete tasks.
Skin wise, this might be the person who doesn't take care of their skin, who might be prone to lethargy. They might not wash regularly, or they might choose cheaply formulated skincare that is filled with toxins.
Those who daydream because of worry - and this is many people- tend to focus on what could go wrong. They might be anxious, and think that they are just "an anxious person" when really, they've probably had trauma, neglect and patterns of abusive or at minimum, dysfunctional relationships.
They tend to pick at their skin, over purchase skincare, with everything from junk-cosmetics to high-end organic, and they stick with nothing. There is no consistency.
Then there are those who daydream and look at what could be, rather than what is not. They tend to enjoy life fully, and per their skin, they have a few high-end organic formulas and stick to the basics of eating well, hydrating and keeping stress at bay. Their daydreams often become realities in some way, and they continue to practice self-love and embrace their creative inner world.
Decipher which "type" you are; maybe you are a bit of all three. Balance out your daydreaming to help you to ignite creative solutions, bring hope, enhance your future and feel more at peace in the present moment.