My name is Hailey! I’m 18, I’m in high school, and I’m a Maladaptive Daydreamer. I figured out I had MDD last year when my brother found gout he had it too. I didn’t know what I did was a disorder, I only thought it was a quirk. With this, I realized how much this was ruining my life, and I wanted relief quick. Sadly, I’ve been in a constant battle with it and have made no progress since then. I thought it would be therapeutic to talk and reach out to others who are struggling like me. First I created an Instagram page, and now I’m here. I hope this helps me! If someone would like to talk to me more, DM me @_dailey.dreaming.
I'd be happy to help you. I don't have an exact number for how long I used to spend daydreaming each day, as I generally didn't do it in one long session, but I'd estimate it as being several hours at the very least. Now, its closer to an hour a day, depending on what else is going on. Understanding exactly how much time I was wasting and how negatively daydreaming impacts my mental health really helped me motivate myself to daydream less. I think that's really the crux of the problem that most people have with trying to daydream less--they just don't have enough motivation. So you need to find what motivates you the most to daydream less.
Additionally, I wrote a post about using habit reversal training to help with cultivating a more healthy relationship with daydreaming. I think its helped me recognize my triggers and to learn to work with them and feel the compulsion to daydream without actually giving in to it. If for nothing else, its really depressing to actually write out and acknowledge that I spent hours and hours daydreaming. Check it out if you'd like, I'd be happy to help you if you'd like it.
Feel free to PM me if you want other tips or a more in depth explanation of the two that I mentioned.
Don't give up what you want most for what you want now.