I am a huge daydreamer. My mind is a separate universe with lots – sometimes too much – going on in it. This can be really helpful when I want to vanish from a situation that I am unable to actually physically escape from.
This seems like a good topic to talk about now, either for those of you who need a mental vacation from illness, or a mental getaway from too much family togetherness around the holidays.
When I am laying on a table getting ultrasounds, I choreography ballets in my mind. I also love obsessing over the details of dinner parties – I plan menus, table settings, and fantasize about floral arrangements. I’m also quite addicted to mental wedding planning. It’s all pretty girlie, I know. My own wedding got me through a years worth of cancer scans, and now I have moved on to making mental schemes about my friends weddings too. (Congratulations Dan and Sara on your engagement!)
When I am waiting for test results or anxious about new symptoms occurring in my body, I zone out on apartmenttherapy.com. It is heaven online. I am also really into looking at the furniture listings on craigslist.
Without my vivid imagination and ability to totally check out when needed, I think I would have had a serious mental breakdown by now.
Do you daydream when you are stressed out, need to escape your surroundings, or get a break from medical hell or too much family time? Where does your mind go?