You have another “I’d like to thank the Academy” daydream
Monkey-Business-Images/Shutterstock Do you ever think about your reaction if you won the lottery or imagine yourself accepting a coveted work promotion after just two months on the job? It’s normal to daydream. Psychologists estimate that people daydream for one-third to one-half of their waking hours, despite the fact that a single daydream lasts for only a few minutes. Interestingly, such thoughts can help increase creativity, diminish stress, and generate positive life experiences.
You talk to yourself
Antonio-Guillem/Shutterstock Much like daydreaming, talking to yourself can help you organize your thoughts and even help you realize certain goals. “Sometimes we catch ourselves doing this in public, which can be embarrassing because we don’t want to be seen as ‘crazy,’ but it’s completely normal,” says Schneberger. “Everyone does it.” She explains that talking out loud to yourself “is an unfiltered unconscious response to surveying our environment” in which you’re conveying what’s on your mind without feeling as though you have to alter your words or be judged by them. Dr. Breur agrees, adding that talking to yourself may help you sort out the many responsibilities and pressures you face as you go throughout life. She says to be mindful of negative self-talk though. Phrases such as “I’m so stupid” can be emotionally damaging, so try to replace such statements with more positive ones. Here are some ways to stop being so hard on yourself.
You watch shows you won’t admit to
LuckyImages/Shutterstock Do you feel awkward admitting to watching certain shows like reality programs or even cartoons? Don’t! Dr. Breur says watching occasional “mindless television” is a normal way to help you rest and recharge. She explains that these shows “may allow you to revisit memories and feel the way you did way back when or it can help you to view a certain memory in a new context.” Go ahead, indulge in that gossipy entertainment program or goofy sitcom!