I've been daydreaming since i was a kid but it started to take a toll on my life after I had a few surgeries and had to walk around with crutches and sometimes a wheelchair. My insecurities skyrocketed and I immediately began feeling depressed and anxious in my daily life.
I stared to daydream about me being a completely different person (looks based on models I saw on IG and personality from sitcoms) and started living in my own world with the celebrities I chose as characters. I don't want to get too deep into it because there is a lot of shame revolved around my "daydream world" and I become irritated and ashamed once someone notices and asks me why I'm pacing around and smiling to myself.
I still daydream but now I imagine myself (a much more successful version of myself) surrounded by a bunch of people I've met casually once that exist, but don't know me irl. Some of my biggest triggers are: music, TV shows, stand up shows and podcasts.
I feel like the current situation hit me especially hard since my phone addiction increased, due to the fact that my lessons are online now. It makes me so that I ignored this problem my whole life because I though that by the time I left for college I would eventually "grow out of it" but this actually resulted in me hating my major and still not passing main exams because I can't be in silence for even 10 seconds. It's especially hard making friends and meeting people because the moment I'm in a social situation I get angry that I'm not the person in my daydream with the people around me.
If anybody has any helpful immediate tips I would really appreciate them because I know that majority of you here know how stressful it is to watch your social, school and general life fall apart but not be able to associate and return to reality.
I've tried that so many times but it's gotten so bad that if I'm not listening to something or just on my phone in general I get really bad panic attacks. My mind just goes to a really dark place and I find myself glued to my phone.
Hi Mia, and welcome to the forum! I am also triggered by things like my phone, music, books, and TV. My classes are online too, which makes it really easy for me to get distracted. I'll share some advice that someone gave me on here: Once you feel the urge to daydream, try and find a hobby that you really enjoy. This might be something like crafting, exercising, puzzles, and sports. Just try to find something that you enjoy which keeps your daydreams at bay. I hope this helps! Remember, no one will judge you for what you have to say, since we are all going through some variation of what you are. Stay safe, and good luck!
Post by thedolphinbaby57 on Nov 22, 2020 21:16:51 GMT
I think listening to any kind of ASMR may help. I noticed that when I'm daydreaming but I turn to ASMR I don't daydream as much and I''m focused on the video. I think video games may help too. Playing simulation games where you can customize your character and build your own little world may also help too. Games like Animal Crossing, Minecratf, mobile games like puzzle or word games may also help too. This is things that work for me. Another thing I noticed is that certain genres of music can trigger daydreams too. I noticed that pop music or any music with a lot of beats or words can be distracting. Lofi music and music that's in another language help though or music without any words. Like I said this works for me but you may find something different that works for you. Good luck and Stay safe!