Who can’t recall that kid in class whom the teacher was constantly deriding for being “away with the fairies again?”
Turns out, that kid was a jump ahead of the rest of us, with research now confirming that daydreaming is a very, very constructive habit.
Permission granted to daydream
In a massive study, therapist Dan Jones studied entrepreneurs like Richard Branson, geniuses including Albert Einstein and Leonardo Da Vinci, and creative types like Beethoven and Walt Disney.
What he found, was that they all spent time vividly daydreaming their goals – as if they were already achieved – long before they physically achieved them.
Daydreaming (AKA visualising, guided imagery or fantasising) creates such a powerful state of mind that some sports psychologists claim one hour of daydreaming is worth seven hours of physical practice.
Now, perhaps that’s a tall claim, but it makes an important point – daydreaming is a very, very powerful tool.
And has lots of positive implications for weight loss. Yay!
Why does it work?
The reason daydreaming is so effective is that your unconscious mind doesn’t know the difference between something that’s real or something that’s vividly imagined.
So, if you want to create a ‘new fitter, healthier, slimmer you,’ you can get there by vividly imagining it. (Of course, some action is required too – but daydreaming is perfect preparation).
Imagine the ‘new healthy, fit you’ – vividly –and your own brain will start taking you in that healthy direction.
After a while, you won’t be satisfied with where you were, so you’ll slowly but surely change your habits so there’s a match between the real and the imagined.
Imagine yourself slim…
All you need to do is close your eyes and ‘see’ yourself at your happy weight. Make the image as clear, bright and as detailed as possible. Add movement by turning it into a movie if that works for you. Cue a soundtrack if that gets you going.
Focus on all the good feelings you’re feeling. Notice what you’re telling yourself, maybe you’re high-fiving yourself, and notice what others are saying to you.
Take five minutes before you fall asleep and another five upon waking to daydream.
With practice, it’ll become automatic. As you go through your day – hanging out the washing or looking after the kids – you’ll notice yourself daydreaming of yourself, already at your happy weight.
For those who are really serious ….
You can always take it to another level by noticing what your happy-weight-self eats, and what her portion sizes look like. Notice how she deals with the additional attention she receives. Notice how the ‘new fit, healthy you’ deals with stressful situations and how she deals with her emotions. See how she interacts with other people, notice what she does for pleasure. How does she relax?
And, now that you’ve met your ‘future self’, you can re-visit her any time you have a challenge or a question. Ask your happy-weight-self anything you need to know, she’s always there with the answers. If you just ask.
Trouble shooting: Imaging the ‘wrong’ thing.
Some people say daydreaming “doesn’t work for me”. The fact is, all of us, every day, are day dreaming, whether we know it or not.
If you’re overweight, you are using the power of daydreaming but you’re in the habit of daydreaming the wrong picture! As in, you’re probably worrying about getting bigger and bigger and sure enough by focusing on that, that’s what you achieve.
Because remember, the unconscious mind cannot process a negative, so daydream the outcome you DO want.
It’s simple, easy and oodles of fun.
Imagine just how your health and life would be different if you did this small thing every day. Just imagine…….
Daydream believer, love etc, Avril