Hey everyone! I'm unsure if something like this already exists, but...
this is a thread where people can share ideas and tricks and stuff that are easy to do and can help when the MD gets worse/you need to go back to reality for a bit.
I'm not necessarily talking about cures, just stuff for in the moment. So please, add anything you find that helps below!
One thing that always helps me is focusing on my senses, particularly smell.
I have a roll-on stick of peppermint oil that I put on the inside of my wrist when I need to focus on reality. It's small, fits in my pocket, and the smell is strong but not unpleasant. I use it if the MD gets really all-consuming and I'm in a social situation. At home I use incense sticks.
All of this is easy to get/use and I would recommend trying it, I know everyone has different crutches for MD but using smell to focus is mine.
You can paint a picture if you truama has you out of balance with the world around you make quote on how you feel send them on here even to help other that may feel and bit down and just on motivated to do anything. make sure you daily dreaming does not pull you in for the the day. make sure the more you are within it you don't forget who you are the more you struggle the more your daydreaming it can be difficult to stay within characters that may be more in reality more than. talking to people.
I've found the Motiversity videos on Youtube really helpful lately. They give me a pick me up and inspire me to stay focused and work on my daily goals. I've also started wearing an elastic band on my wrist and when I find myself daydreaming, I snap it on my wrist to remind myself to stay in the present. Negative conditioning at its finest, but it works for me.
Post by thedolphinbaby57 on Nov 8, 2020 15:37:00 GMT
I think picking up a hobby that requires a lot of work like maybe dancing or painting/drawing could help. This is what I think may work for me though but it's okay if you have a different hobby that you can try and distract you a little. I think video games would also be a great distraction for me and so would writing down my thoughts. I noticed that certain types of music makes me daydream like anything with singing words or a lot is going on in the song..and it causes me to daydream and not get anything done. Lofi music or any music without singing helps concentrate better (plus it's so cute and relaxing and there's all kinds of videos) I read somewhere that one person likes to write down what he's daydreaming or wants to daydream about which is something I may start doing. You can also start with small and tiny tasks like washing your face, making up your bed, cooking a small breakfast, etc. It's the small things in the beginning that counts. I hope this helps anyone who needs it.
Stay safe everyone! Best of luck on your recovery!
On YouTube they had the suggestion of Logging your daydreams. When I'm first aware i'm in daydream, I stop and write the date, hour, and a short description of the daydream. You could also write any triggers you had for it. This has helped me cut them down.
I've realized that listening to music with lyrics and a heavy bass/catchy beats always makes me spiral into those daydreams so I try and only listen to that music when I'm doing things that do not require as much focus such as cleaning, painting/drawing, cooking, and exercising. Avoiding that kind of music in general would probably be best but I just can't bring myself to do that, so instead I try and limit the amount of time I spend listening to it, and the situations in which I am listening to it in. When it's time to sit down and complete work that require my full attention I put on lofi music to avoid musical distractions. Sometimes lofi music isn't enough to prevent daydreaming so when I catch myself slipping I try and move to a different environment to complete whatever I'm doing. Being in a cold (or not so comfortable) area also helps me snap out of my dreams.
Talking through tasks I am attempting to complete helps me bring my focus on what I am doing. Like if I am trying to write a research paper I'll read out loud (a little louder than normal) so it will keep my mind occupied.
And at the end of the day this is really something I can avoid but not completely depart from. I kinda have to have a deep daydream session at least once a day, my mind practically itches for it, so I try my best and save it for the night time when I am in bed or on early morning walks (if you do it on walks please be careful when crossing the streets). Daydreaming during a time when I know I am not wasting my time helps to alleviate the stress and guilt that comes with day dreaming.
Things that have prevented me from dding in the past are
Strong negative emotions Obsessions from my illness ocd if I'm obsessing about something and that thoughts are going round and round it's hard to stop and focus on dding Being tired dding requires mental energy if I'm too tired I can't dd When reality becomes interesting during my trip in Australia I didn't want to dd also during the first week of lockdown all my attention was drawn to reality too Ziprasidone on a high dosage of this medication I lack the will to dd but I don't recommend this as a treatment it did permanent damage to my brain and causes anhedonia at the same time it takes away the will to dd Extreme fear of dding when I was 14 a religious woman told me daydreaming was Satan controlling me. Being 14 I believed her and fear prevented me from dding for a year and a half.