I’m sorry that it has taken so long for me to write a post. COVID-19 has not been good for us maladaptive daydreamers. Being kept indoors, not being allowed to meet others – life becoming more mundane makes it so much harder to stop daydreaming. Working and studying from home and having far less interaction with people then before the pandemic makes it so much simpler to go into a daydream and not stop. And conditions such as they are, why would you want to stop? Lockdown is depressing enough as it is.
Maladaptive daydreaming and COVID-19
I’ve been thinking about why maladaptive daydreaming has got so much worse under lockdown/covid-19 and well it seems to me many of us use MD as a way to control anxiety, alleviate boredom and use it as a way to escape. It’s no wonder then that being forced to stay at home and having the media always tell us about death rates and how Coronavirus is spiraling out of control many of us are resorting to staying in dreamland. A lot of people seem to be suffering psychological distress because of the pandemic and if you’re one of them it’s no wonder you might be daydreaming more. And if you are, I really don’t think you should be giving yourself a hard time about it.
There is a worry I guess that many of us avoid social interaction in order to stay at home and get on with daydreaming and now living under lockdown means that us maladaptive daydreamers may have obstacles removed and so its even easier to compulsory daydream. Before COVID-19 I would always relish the chance to get out and meet friends as I know I wont be able to MD when interacting with people. Now unfortunately self isolating means more privacy, more alone time and so it is of course harder to stop.
Mental health – MD – COVID-19 – what do we do?
It’s not exactly a brilliant recipe, self isolation and suffering from MD and I wish I had the answers for you. I know my daydreaming under lockdown has sky rocketed but to be honest – I find it comforting. My daydreams alleviate the monotony and I get comfort from them so presently I have no plans whatsoever to quit. I just wanted to say, if you are feeling anxious or depressed, you are not alone, so many people feel the same. Yes COVID-19 has forced many hardships on us – home confinement has forced us to live in close quarters with people, it is harder to distract ourselves from daydreaming since everyday is pretty much the same, well it is if you’re living under lockdown. But this pandemic will end eventually and once it has then is the time to concentrate on breaking this daydreaming addiction