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It's been about five days since I've began slowly stripping away maladaptive daydreaming. It's been going pleasantly well so far by my surprise.  In the beginning I told myself I'm just going to quit cold turkey and if I have some slip-ups it's OK and Iv'e been doing just that. I haven't had as nearly many urges to have "my time" and if I do I will only have it for 10 minutes and then be done with it and I am satisfied with that. After I've had my ten minutes I'm good for the day. I would have never been able to do that a week ago. No job, no car, off for the summer, daydreaming was taking up a big chunk of my day... not anymore. Whenever I feel an urge I distract myself with something Emily want's to get done, not Anna(my main character in my world) I've become more focused on myself now learning more and more each day who I really am. I haven't taken the time in years to really have some me time and find myself. To sum everything up I'm really proud of myself. It feels great to go from all day daydreaming to 10 minutes a day or even none at all. If anyone else is going through the process of eliminating daydreaming all together or at least trying I'd love to here from you!

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Comment by David Burkett on September 12, 2017 at 8:56am
For falling asleep, the best thing you can do is cause boredom to your mind. This is where the idea of counting sheep came from
Comment by Satish on September 9, 2017 at 9:43pm

Congratulations on making it through a few days of getting DD under control.  If you need to know how to shift from the DD urge to something else, suggest the following two: 1) Keep a book ready, something you can easily get into at short notice.  2) shift to meditation, mindfulness meditation, for example.  There is lot of help available on the internet on how to practice it.

Comment by Emily on August 22, 2017 at 10:36am

That has honestly probably been the hardest part. For me personally when I went to my world I would act everything out,and that seemed to be the biggest problem so I am trying to quit that first but the actual daydreaming alone itself is VERY hard to avoid. When most of your thoughts for years are about your world it's not an easy thing to just stop doing,you even ask yourself what do people think about all day without MD? So the daydreaming has never gone away and i'm sure it won't for a very very long time. If you want to talk my personally I'd be glad to chat!

Comment by Fallen Messenger on August 21, 2017 at 7:28pm

How do you sleep without DDing? Like, honestly, it's the only way I can sleep. So, seriously, how do you do it?

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