How to keep a Dream Journal
Begin before bed.
It is important to write about your day before you fall asleep.
Ask yourself key questions: Who did you see? What did you do? Did you have any major events? What was the most emotionally charged event of the day? The answers to these questions could give you insight into your more ambiguous dreams.
Keep your journal close.
Keep a journal by your bedside to record your dreams. It is essential to write down your dreams the moment you wake up. Not doing so could cause your mind to scramble key elements, or you could forget important details all together! Also, make sure to note how you felt upon waking up. Your emotions are insightful when you reflect back on what you dream is telling you.
Record your dreams every day!
Begin to record your dreams daily. Doing so will help you see emerging patterns, recurring themes, emotions, and specific people. Anything you notice within your dream is your subconscious speaking out to you. Dream Journals help you to decipher which aspects in your life need attention.
Why would you keep a Dream Journal?
Journaling your dreams has many positive benefits on your health.
Stop your nightmares!
If you suffer from nightmares, recording your dreams can help you notice patterns within your dreams. You will then be able to confront whatever real-life issue is causing you grief during your sleep.
Broaden your self awareness.
Dream journaling can be life-changing. It forces you into a daily habit of thoughtful observation, making you more aware of your surroundings as well as your deeper-self.
Improve your creativity.
Writing down your dreams lets you explore your creative side. Many iconic works were born from a dream! Examples include:
- The Beatles song “Yesterday”
- Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein’s monster
- Christopher Nolan’s movie “Inception”
- Niels Bohr: The Structure of The Atom
- Albert Einstein: The Speed of Light
Start the introspective journey into your subconscious today with a Victorian Trading Company dream journal, and delve into your inner-self!
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“THE BEST WAY TO KEEP A DREAM JOURNAL.” Lucid Dream Society, 2 July 2019, www.luciddreamsociety.com/dream-journal/.