Why Daydreaming Can Be Good For You

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June 20, 2019

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Long before people were getting distracted by their phones, they were being distracted by daydreams. There have even been studies that show that people spend close to half their time daydreaming! Obviously too much escaping reality is not a good thing, we have to get some work done after all!

However, there’s a time and a place for mentally escaping that is good and can help with stress relief. The next time you are in a particularly stressful situation, you may want to give this a try: Recall an amazing memory. Examples might be a special trip you took, your wedding day, a birthday, the birth of a child, the day you won a big game or got a great promotion. It coud even be the most mundane of days if it sparks a feeling of happiness inside you. Now, close your eyes and completely immerse yourself in the memory. Re-live it. How do you feel? Hopefully, that stress is gone!

What about a real escape? Reality beats fantasy, and no one has to tell you how good if feels to get away, right?  If you’re in the middle of a stressful situation, it can multiply the positive effects. Sometimes just physically removing yourself from familiar surroundings can do wonders for your mental health.

Where art meets escape. Art lovers rejoice! Studies  have show that looking at art can help lower stress levels, reduce anxiety, help to prevent memory loss and even make you feel less lonely! Lucky for us in Detroit, we have one of the best art museams on earth! DIA anyone?

“Humble and Human: Impressionist Era Treasures from the Albright-Knox Art Gallery and the Detroit Institute of Arts, an Exhibition in Honor of Ralph C. Wilson, Jr.” opens to the public Wednesday, June 26. A selection of more than forty Impressionist and post-Impressionist treasures from the Albright-Knox Art Gallery and the Detroit Institute of Arts traces the arc of a period that elevated the irreducible beauty of the everyday to the status of fine art. A testament to the power of collaboration among artists, museums, and cities, the exhibition explores the pioneering work of leading Impressionist and post–Impressionist artists, including Paul Cézanne, Edgar Degas, Vincent van Gogh, Claude Monet, and Berthe Morisot. It also celebrates the life and vision of Ralph C. Wilson, Jr., who saw in the art of these late nineteenth-century avant-gardists, especially that of Claude Monet, evocations of values and ideas that were close to his own heart, capturing the ephemerality of the everyday experience while dignifying hard work, simple pleasures, and ordinary people. On the hundredth anniversary of Mr. Wilson’s birth, both institutions are proud to celebrate these extraordinary works and Mr. Wilson’s legacy as a philanthropist, business leader, and advocate for the citizens of Detroit and Buffalo. “Humble and Human: Impressionist Era Treasures from the Albright-Knox Art Gallery and the Detroit Institute of Arts, an Exhibition in Honor of Ralph C. Wilson, Jr.” continues through October 13, 2019. Free with general admission, which is free for residents of Macomb, Oakland, and Wayne counties. Image: “The Kitchen at Piette’s", Montfoucault, 1874, Camille Pissarro, French; oil on canvas. Detroit Institute of Arts. #HumbleHumanDIA

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