Maladaptive Daydreaming: Dealing with The Sadness After A Long Daydream

Today, I’ll be addressing the question of how to cope with the feelings of sadness after a long daydream. This emotion is common, particularly when comparing real life to the imaginary world. This feeling may manifest as a sense of despair, where one perceives their real life as terrible and their dreams as amazing. It prompts a desire to return to the imaginary world or a feeling of hopelessness when you look at your life struggles such as lacking money, employment, failing in studies, having no friends, or feeling misunderstood by family.

Dealing with these feelings of sadness involves being realistic. Instead of longing for the imaginary world’s instantaneous fulfillment in real life, it’s crucial to recognize that real life encompasses both positive and negative aspects — stress and anxiety, happiness and joy, pain and pleasure, fear and courage. Acknowledging this duality can mitigate the disappointment that arises from unmet expectations in real life.

Another aspect involves finding ways to ground oneself or cope with negative emotions after emerging from a daydream. This could include activities like journaling, calling a friend, writing about one’s experiences, taking a walk, or cooking a meal. It’s essential to identify what works for well you as most of this coping mechanisms are never a one-size-fits all. Just find a way to release the negative emotions you experience in real life.

Moreover, understanding that post-daydream sadness is not solely due to the end of the daydream but often a manifestation of unprocessed emotions from past experiences or underlying issues in life is crucial. Seeking therapy can be beneficial in processing these emotions, as it can be challenging to do so independently.

In conclusion, dealing with sadness after a daydream involves realistic expectations, finding coping mechanisms that work for you, and addressing underlying emotions. By focusing on self-improvement, acknowledging the complexities of real life, and seeking help when needed, one can navigate these emotions effectively.

Note from the Author

If you’re ready and you’d like my help with overcoming and managing maladaptive daydreaming without spending years in therapy, then you can book a FREE BREAKTHROUGH CALL with me HERE. Happy healing 💙💙. Feel free to share and comment! Use this information with caution, it comes from my own thoughts & bias, experiences and research😊.

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Edwin Bii

I'm Edwin Bii, a trained advanced conversational hypnotherapist (ACH) and Mind Shifting Coach from Kenya offering mental health support, and life coaching to help you crush your goalsand overcome your problems. Together, we'll navigate challenges, build self-awareness, and create a happier, healthier you. Let's unlock your potential.

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