Take Time to Dream

A 2009 neurological study shows that half of your thoughts are daydreams. – Time Magazine

That’s a simple statement that seems hard to believe, but science is quite firm on this one. As the Time piece states: “Cognitive scientists say you have an incorrigibly distracted mind. The wandering mind is our brain’s default mode.” Why does that matter to you, the reader of this blog post? Well, dreaming – during the day or night – is one of the mind’s most creative modes.

Contrary to the admonishments of your kindergarten teacher,  Daydreaming is NOT a bad thing. In fact, if you were to do an independent poll of your creative friends and associates, you’d likely hear that  the majority of them were scolded for their lack of focus in their youths.

 

That absent-minded state, where your mind’s internal censor stops shutting down lines of thought for  being impractical or absurd, is the wellspring of great ideas. It was true in kindergarten, and it’s true today

Jennifer suggests: Ask your creative friends about their childhood daydreams and kindergarten criticisms! It’s a great way to connect to people, and always leads to a fun discussion.

Of course, dialing in on tasks is important, but that hyper-focused state you reach when you’re working on a spreadsheet or reading through fabric specs isn’t conducive to daydreaming. When we fill our days with too much focus, we miss out on the chance to tap into that creativity.

So, after a lifetime of being admonished not to daydream, to be more efficient, and by all means to stay focused, we’re here to give you permission to let your mind wander. In fact, we’d like to help you build a few dreamy moments into each and every day.

Why you should add daydreaming to your routine

  • Daydreaming helps reduce stress. Through daydreams, we relive moments that weren’t as successful as we’d hoped. Daydreaming is an excellent way to bolster emotional readiness and to relax throughout the work day.
  • Daydreaming helps boost creativity. Daydreaming doesn’t just boost inspiration, it fosters an environment for creativity where dreams become reality. Through daydreaming, we encourage the brain to visualize future scenarios or construct new methods for problem-solving. This leads to originality and promotes innovation.
  • Daydreaming boosts mental agility. Mental agility equals flexibility which allows us to be more relaxed and less anxious. When our minds are flexible, we can solve problems at both work and home with more clarity and certainty.
  • Daydreaming increases empathy. Daydreaming allows us to step into another person’s shoes and imagine the world from a different point of view. When we have empathy for others, we have the ability to build stronger bonds with work colleagues and others, working together with greater cooperation and understanding.

 

How to add daydreaming into a busy routine

  • Pick your moments. Obviously, you’re not going to daydream during an important meeting or phone call. Instead, factor in daydreaming when you get up to stretch. When you take a break, give your spirit the opportunity to explore uncharted areas of the subconscious.
  • Set the soundtrack. Some people like to sit in silence and let their mind create a soundtrack while others prefer to listen to music of their own choosing, like upbeat popular tunes, Tibetan bowls, binaural beats, or nature sounds.
  • Flip through some inspiration. Although using the imagination is essential, it can add extra help when our creativity isn’t sharp. Find a window in the office and gaze outside, if possible. In the face of negativity, daydreaming will uplift your soul and carry you to new heights.
  • Sketch it out. Doodling is a form of daydreaming and studies show that those who doodle are making stronger brain connections than those who don’t doodle. By doodling, the brain links new information with a personal action, doodling, which enhances memory.
  • Clear your head. Make time for activities like yoga, art, or playing with your pets to increase feel good hormones. Daydreaming can be done in conjunction with activities that don’t require too much concentration. Washing the dishes, waiting in line at the grocery store, or gardening are ideal moments. Just make sure to skip the podcast in favor of something a bit less occupying.

Now that you understand the value of daydreams, let’s turn to a somewhat darker subject: dreaming at night! The same forces of subconscious inspiration and limitless creativity are at work as you sleep. And lucky for us, there’s a simple way to harness the power of your dreams.

Keep a Dream Journal

When it comes to the world of dreams, your waking memory will almost always let you down. With your alarm every morning comes an inevitable awareness of the obligations, appointments, and time-consuming tasks that await you that day. This has a way of pushing your beneficial nighttime dreams and their amazing revelations aside. The best way to hang on to any creative ideas that happen during your sleep is to keep a Dream Journal.

It’s a relatively simple thing to do. And you can find step-by-step instructions for doing so right here: http://www.theluciddreamsite.com/dream-journals.html

According to The Lucid Dream: “It is difficult to recall the dreaming mind when we are not in dreams. In order to get your waking mind familiar with your dreaming mind (so you can prepare for dreams while awake!), it is important to record your dreams while you have the chance to after awakening, and then to study that material and become aware of what your dreams are like.”

Many incredible discoveries have come to people in dreams. One of our favorites? A man named Elias Howe dreamt he was taken captive by an indigenous tribe. As they threatened him with spears, he noticed the spearheads had holes near their ends. That little detail was enough inspiration for him to invent the very first sewing machine! So that’s a debt we all owe to dreams. The fashion industry itself was practically dreamt into existence at that moment.

Dreams and daydreams are gifts from your subconscious mind. Accept them graciously and reap the benefits. Who knows, the ideas for your best collection and your most groundbreaking designs might be waiting for you just beyond conscious thought. Go ahead, dream a little dream.

If you’ve already started dreaming up ideas for a fashion line, we’d love to help you make them come true. Bringing designers’ visions into reality is what we do best. Reach out to us at https://tegmade.com/get-in-touch/ or call us at 800-916-0910 and let’s see what we can dream up together.

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