Last week I talked about how little journaling helped with Maladaptive Daydreaming and how meditating has decreased my dreams and increased awareness of living in the present moment.
This week, I’ve been working on saying my daydreams out loud. There are multiple reasons as to why this method was absolutely useless to me.
- I don’t control when I start daydreaming. It just happens.
- When I became aware I was daydreaming and I started to say it out loud, I just stopped. There was no way to continue the dream out loud because most of the time when I dream, I’m on autopilot. It’s like watching TV in my head.
- It’s was weird trying to say the dream out-loud when you live in a house with multiple people. If I wanted to say what I was dreaming I would have to only do it in my room. At that point, the dream would be over.
Though I couldn’t day dream out loud, I could encourage myself to stay focused on the present by just saying encouraging words to myself or comforting myself by saying things like, “It’s ok, just stay focused, everything will be ok”.
Being kinder to yourself while you’re dealing with self-improvement is important. If I shame myself, I never get anywhere.
This week, I’m going to try to daydream in fast forward.
I don’t know exactly how that is going to work for me since the awareness of daydreaming stops my daydreams, but I’ll give you a summary next week.