How chronic fantasy develops

Fantasizing involves the processing different thoughts in your mind. And most times, the thoughts are played out because you want it to. For instance, you could fantasize about being a popular influencer who will always be celebrated when they appear in public.

If you continue to fantasize, it plays out in your thoughts and if you work towards this, you might be able to achieve your dream. On the other hand, you might be ill-motivated to work towards this dream, and this can make you do things that are dangerous.  

Fantasizing becomes chronic when it develops into an unhealthy thought pattern. During this phase, the thoughts do not leave your head. At the same time, it would be impossible for you to do anything productive because you are not properly motivated.

This is one of the reasons why people would do things they will regret in the long run. People make the mistake of fantasizing for hours instead of making actionable plans to achieve their goals.

When you fantasize, it is important to back it up with feasible short and long-term goals. The main problem is, people find it hard to set good goals and objectives for themselves. This is why they would prefer to fantasize and day-dream instead of proper planning.

Anyone can fantasize but the danger lies in drowning yourself in fantasies and making it a compulsive and obsessive behavior.

The worst part is, when fantasizing becomes chronic, it might be challenging for you to remain in touch with reality. You will prefer to dwell in your thoughts instead of reality.

If you are having problems keeping in touch with reality because you fantasize, it is important to seek help. You need to help yourself by learning how to turn your fantasies into workable steps that would help you achieve your goals.

If you don’t seek help, you will discover that it would be difficult for you to achieve growth in some aspects of your life because you’ve spent more time fantasizing.  

How to prevent yourself from fantasizing

For several people, fantasizing is one of the ways they escape from their sad and unpleasant times to imaginary happy times. The idea of fantasizing isn’t bad but it becomes disadvantageous when the individual fantasizes regularly. There are downsides of fantasies but many people are not aware of it.

Since fantasies work fine as an escape mechanism, you need to be careful not to be caught deep in it. You should work towards redirecting your thoughts and concentrating more so that you can remain alert and focused.

The amazing part about fantasies is, they can be productive, depending on how you channel them to aid your productivity.

To prevent yourself from fantasizing, the first thing you need to do is to take note of your fantasies.

When you pen down your fantasies, it would be easy to know why you have them. In addition, it would be easy to redirect your fantasies and channel your thoughts and imaginations into vital and creative activities.

Next, you need to learn more about your triggers. You might be surprised to see that you fantasize when you are doing a particular activity or maybe when a certain music is playing.

When you notice that your mind is wandering off at this point, you can call yourself back and write down what is happening.

After observing this, you can change your routine to avoid fantasizing when you are doing those regular activities. By all means possible, try to switch up your activities so that you can add spice to your normal routine.

With your fantasies, you can discover what you really want in life. If you are smart about it, you will discover that fantasies are not outright unproductive. So, you can seize this opportunity and forge a path for yourself with your fantasies.

The common mistakes that people make is, they fantasize and they fail to take actionable steps that would translate their fantasies into realizable goals.  

EFFECTS OF FANTASY

Fantasy has to do with processing different thoughts in your mind. All these thoughts are most times played out based on your resolve.

Fantasizing becomes an unhealthy pattern when these thoughts occur in your head staying for a long period without turning into something beneficial.

This can make someone lose it fully, and turn to other faster and hazardous methods.

In cases when the person has fantasies to be like a specific celebrity, it could get so bad the person could go to unthinkable lengths to make sure that they are seen in the same light.

Furthermore, another detrimental fantasizing thought pattern is interchanging relationships and friendships which are made in reality with creativities.

There is one mistake which people make in this case; they invest hours fantasizing about the ideal set of friends who they can always spend ample time with and who they can trust fully.

In actuality, friends like this do not exist. No one is fully perfect, as everyone has shortcomings which are meant to show themselves at any period in time.

The best thing which can occur at this point, is to make attempts to meet people. You can start by asking for their names, knowing where they live, their hobbies and the likes.

Hence, it is necessary that even though fantasies are lovely, we should exercise care in ensuring that they do not take control over reality.

Unhealthy thought patterns are what cause addictions, and they cause diverse occurrences which leads to death in the long run.

A good number of factors help in fantasizing including the social media, books, movies amongst others. Fantasy should be avoided when they begin to interchange the importance of reality in our lives.

Fantasy becomes unhealthy when it damages you both physically and psychologically. You would begin to think of some patterns which are detrimental to your health in the long run.

You could see yourself as someone who would not be successful, and you might do something crazy.

Another negative effect which comes with fantasizing is, it causes depression, and with time, they become addicted to alcohol or drugs which makes them feel healthier. If the person does not exercise care, the individual could be moved to commit suicide.