Q. How to stop excessive daydreaming?

Answered by
Dr. Vandana Patidar
and medically reviewed by Dr. K Shobana
This is a premium question & answer published on Nov 22, 2020 and last reviewed on: Jun 24, 2021

Hi doctor,

I am 20 years old. I am daydreaming a lot. It seems to be an addiction. I do not know whether it is a problem or not. I am fantasizing about everything. I searched online about my problem and I cannot find any solution. I am trying to find my triggers but I am daydreaming everywhere. Due to this, I am not able to study and I cannot do any simple work with focus. I love daydreaming but I do not want this to disturb my work. My exam is going on and I cannot focus on my studies due to my daydreaming. I know that I can do my work better but daydreaming disturbs me a lot. I waste my life due to this daydream. I got fewer marks in my exams and I got failed in some exams also. I am fantasizing about a good life in my daydream. How to get relief? I am not able to focus and I am wasting days. I am not aware of my present life. Kindly help me. How to stop having excessive daydreaming?



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Sometimes, we use daydreaming as an escape from reality. When we want to avoid the pain and hardship of the real world, our mind starts to get engaged in daydreaming. But it does not remain as a solution for our problems. In you, it has become a problem. I need some details and so a definitive diagnosis can be reached. In the meanwhile, you can follow these things. You can tie a rubber band on your wrist. Pull it to the maximum when you are daydreaming and then leave it. It hurts you and creates an aversion for your mind and so you stop doing daydreaming due to fear of pain. Make a schedule to do your physical activities. Go to the gym and set a goal to be passionate about it.

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