Written by Team ParentCircle and published on 23 July 2021.
Does your child often daydream? Are you worried that this habit might hamper his studies? There is no need to lose hope yet. For, daydreaming can prove to be beneficial. Read on to know more.
"Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die, life is a broken-winged bird that cannot fly." ~ Langston Hughes
Bajirao Ganpat, the father of seven-year-old Rahul, is angry and worried with his son. In the past few months, his son's teachers have complained that Rahul is often found daydreaming in class. Bajirao does not know what to do about his son's daydreaming habits. He fears that this will impact his academic performance and he may not be able to undertake tasks properly due to his fleeting mind and restless imagination.
But, should Bajirao really be worried? After all, which child, or adult, for that matter does not daydream? And who knows whether daydreaming is a waste of time or a gateway to creativity for your child?
This phenomenon of daydreaming has received a lot of criticism. But, there are benefits of daydreaming that one does not know about. Read on to know some of the benefits of daydreaming for your child.
Human beings are the only species that are gifted with the remarkable ability to remember the past and imagine the future. Daydreaming helps exercise the brain as the way you daydream, and think is the effect of your brain's physical structure. Daydreaming also helps enhance memory, if done in the right context. The American Psychological Association says imagining something from a personal perspective can be an effective way to recall specific information on command. Imagination can even help in memory rehabilitation for people who have suffered from impairments due to brain injury.
2. Acts as a mood enhancer
Often, during the act of daydreaming, we think of our dreams or replay happy memories in our minds. This results in us feeling happier and we become more positive. Another reason for this is that hope and anticipation are both strongly related to the emotion of joy and tend to be by-products of mind wandering.
3. Improves performance and productivity
Daydreaming can lead to a spike in performance and productivity. In the article, Daydreaming improves efficiency, Israeli study finds, researchers at Bar-Ilan University were able to show that, contrary to common belief, a wandering mind does not hamper the ability to accomplish a task, but actually improves it.
4. Makes you healthier
Daydreaming can affect your health in small but impactful ways. When you daydream, you experience lower levels of stress, which leads to a healthier you. People who are experiencing stress and anxiety can try to daydream to relieve stress.
5. Can aid creativity
Daydreaming can boost a child's ability to exercise his creativity and problem-solving skills. Sometimes, when children begin to daydream, their mind ventures into uncharted territory, where the possibilities are endless and infinite. This can aid their creative skills as they begin to exercise their minds.
6. Can build empathy
People who daydream are more likely to have empathy. According to an article published in a website, research into imagination, memory, and empathy has suggested that imagining events during the process of daydreaming may help us to understand the feelings of another person, to help us understand what they are experiencing.
So, the next time you feel your child is wasting his or her time by indulging in daydreaming, try to be patient with them. Who knows, instead of hampering their studies, daydreaming might help them improve and grow.