ADHD and escapism

Escapism vs. Relaxation


Daydreaming can be wonderful for ADHD brains. It can help us process emotions, explore desires, and work through personal issues in a safe mental space. It can also spark creativity and problem-solving by allowing the mind to generate novel ideas and explore possibilities beyond the constraints of reality. Many creative thinkers and artists draw inspiration from their daydreams. 😊

However, when we use daydreaming as escapism, it can lead to procrastination and neglect of important tasks, responsibilities, or relationships in the real world. It might lead to a disconnection from the present moment, making it challenging to engage effectively in daily life.

ADHD and daydreaming


Engaging in gameplay can help ADHD’ers relax and unwind after a long day. Certain video games also challenge us to think critically, strategize, and solve problems, which can be very stimulating for ADHD brains. 🧠 ⚡️ 

Some of us might use video games to escape from real-life issues, such as stress, depression, or anxiety, without addressing the underlying problems. This might lead to these problems worsening or responsibilities that we’re avoiding to pile up.


Books often feature relatable characters and situations, which can provide ADHD’ers with a sense of emotional connection and empathy. This can be especially comforting during difficult times. Reading allows for solitude and introspection, providing us a chance to recharge and reflect on our thoughts and feelings.

While in escapism, books can be used to avoid dealing with real-life problems or challenges, which can hinder personal growth and problem-solving. Excessive reading can become problematic for some of us who get lost in imaginary worlds, interfering with daily life and responsibilities.


Social media, when used mindfully can potentially provide relaxation and entertainment. It also allows us to connect with friends, family, and even strangers from around the world. It’s also a source of information and learning. 😊

Excessive use of social media, however, can consume a significant amount of time and lead to procrastination, potentially interfering with daily responsibilities and productivity. We can get lost in other people’s lives, while we could be building up our own. Coming back to our challenges can feel especially daunting after seeing other people’s highlight reels. 😩


Traveling to unfamiliar destinations can be an adventure, offering the excitement of discovering new landscapes, foods, and activities. It’s a great way to relax from our routines. 

And yet, even traveling can be used as a way to escape our current challenges. Because if we can’t see them, they no longer exist, right? 😉 

The difference between escapism and relaxation

  1. Purpose & intention: relaxation is usually a deliberate effort to unwind. Escapism is often more subconscious or impulsive. It may be more about avoiding problems and responsibilities rather than genuinely seeking relaxation.
  2. Awareness and Control: when relaxing we decide when and how to do so, and we’re present in the moment. Escapism involves losing track of time or overindulging in activities. It can feel like a way to escape from your thoughts and emotions rather than paying attention to them.
  3. Consequences: relaxation tends to have positive consequences, such as improved mental health, reduced stress, and enhanced productivity. Escapism can have negative consequences, leading to procrastination, isolation, or neglect of responsibilities.

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