Mind-wandering is when we are physically in place while our mind is in another place. Some see mind wandering as a negative habit that needs to be controlled, and others see it as a creative necessity. The truth is more balanced. There is an art and science to mind wandering.
Many thoughts, feelings, and images fill our consciousness without any active thinking. Researchers have found that our minds have been wandering for more than 2,000 years. Humans have been seeking the right balance between focused thinking and mind wandering.
The mind constantly oscillates between two modes of thinking - focused and diffused. 1. Focused Thinking: when the brain works hard to understand a problem at hand, trying to explore potential solutions actively 2. Diffused Thinking: when the mind is wandering or “day dreaming.”
Mental wandering is not good or bad; it is what we make it that matters. This is how a person can cope with mind-wandering better: 1. Accept Mental oscillations 2. Take conscious breaks 3. Deal with negative mind wandering Mind-wandering, in conclusion, is a great ability but poorly understood.