Maladaptive Daydreaming: Is it Worth it to Stop Your Excessive Daydreaming?

Maladaptive Daydreaming: Is it Worth it to Stop Your Excessive Daydreaming? maladaptive daydreaming: is it worth it to stop your excessive daydreaming?

Today we’re going to explore this thought-provoking question: Is it worth it to stop your excessive daydreaming? Many have pondered this, especially when they find that their imaginary world provides comfort and connection, unlike the sometimes-harsh realities of their real lives. But what if there’s a different perspective to consider? What if instead of viewing it as stopping your daydreaming, you look at it as improving the quality of your life?

The Temptation of Imaginary Worlds

For some, the imaginary friends and worlds they create in their daydreams offer a profound sense of fulfillment and companionship. In these dreamscapes, people can build deep connections, even get married, and establish bonds that feel irreplaceable. It’s in these moments that the real world can seem bleak, with relationships that are less than supportive. Feeling like an outsider among friends or facing mistreatment from family can push individuals further into their daydreams.

The Shift in Perspective

So, is it worth it to stop your daydreaming, given how much solace it provides? The key lies in how you frame the question. Instead of seeing it as a choice between stopping or continuing, consider this: You’re not stopping your daydreaming; you’re improving the quality of your life.

Improvement, Not Suppression

This shift in perspective can be transformative. Rather than treating daydreaming as an obstacle to overcome, see it as one facet of your life. Yes, you have your daydreams, and they can be a source of comfort, but your real life matters just as much. The goal isn’t to eliminate your daydreams; it’s to ensure they complement your real life rather than overshadow it.

Practical Steps to Enhance Your Real Life

Now, how do you go about improving the quality of your life while still enjoying your daydreams? Start by identifying areas in your real life that need attention. Is it setting boundaries with those who mistreat you? Perhaps it’s pursuing a new job or dedicating more time to your studies. Maybe it involves practicing self-care, finding your life’s purpose, or nurturing your real-world relationships.

The idea is to take small, actionable steps that enhance your daily life. When you approach it this way, you’re not resisting your daydreaming; you’re incorporating it into a broader life strategy aimed at self-improvement.

Embracing Holistic Living

Life is a multifaceted journey. It’s not about merely stopping or continuing daydreaming. It’s about embracing a holistic perspective. It’s about making your life better on a daily basis, both in your daydreams and in the real world. It’s recognizing that you can have both — a rich inner world and a fulfilling external life.


So, is it worth it to stop your excessive daydreaming? Perhaps that’s not the right question to ask. Instead, consider whether it’s worth it to improve the quality of your life while continuing to enjoy your daydreams. By shifting your focus toward enhancing your real-world experiences, you can strike a balance that allows you to savor the best of both worlds.

Life is a journey, and it’s up to you to make each day better. Whether you’re navigating your daydreams or working on your real-world relationships, remember that both are valid parts of your unique human experience.

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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