I am 21 years old and I have been daydreaming for as long as I can remember. It's got to the point now where I don't even mean to do it. I'll just be working or in a social setting and then catch myself doing it. I daydream about anything from a made up fantasy, possible plots in movies or TV shows I like or real-life scenarios. I thought it was normal till recently but it is definatley affecting both my social life and my ability to work. It feels like I'm not really there a lot of the time even when hanging out with friends. I am looking for techniques to try and tune it out when I need to. Any ideas?
Daydreaming itself is natural and important. However, maladaptive daydreamers daydream so much that it interferes with our ability to function in real life--hence the "maladaptive" label.
Anything you can do to ground yourself or cope with whatever it is that's causing your daydreaming to be maladaptive should decrease the amount you feel you need to daydream. Some common things to try are mindfulness, exercise, and journaling.
Don't give up what you want most for what you want now.