May 30, 2017
Whether you think dreams are predictions or messages from your subconscious, or you’re simply interested in tracking your dreams for a period of time, a dream journal is the best place to start. By writing down your dreams, you can reflect and track your dream trends; identify reoccurring dream symbols; and, reflect on nightmares or dreams of dead relatives.
Be ready to write down your dreams as soon as you wake up. During this period known as lucid dreaming, you are still partially in that dream state of mind. You’ll remember the dreams most vividly at this time. While you may be able to recall your dreams later in the day, the truth is the details will fade and you might even remember your dreams incorrectly altogether. Here are a few other guidelines for making your dream diary entries easy to reference:
Be prepared to journal by having the tools at your disposal. Do you want an actual dream diary to write in, or are you someone who likes to journal electronically? For a physical dream journal, find a notebook or diary that appeals to your senses. Choose a book in a pretty color or with an inspiring phrase. After all, you want to be excited to open the diary, and you want it to complement your bedroom decor. Keep a couple of writing tools with the notebook, just in case you run out of ink mid-journaling session.
One way to make capturing your dreams easy is by downloading a dream diary app. These apps allow you to save your dreams, track your thoughts, and access your dream diary from wherever you are. No need to lug around your actual dream diary. And since everything is saved in a cloud, you aren’t worried about losing your entries in case your diary gets lost. Here are a few of the most recommended dream diary apps:
Each of these apps offer a unique feature, such as the minimalist style of Dreambase and the all-in-one journaling of Intuition Journal. Find the app that works best for your writing style and dream journaling needs.
Most of our dreams are abstract or outlandish, but every so often we get a dream that strikes our deepest consciousness. Start analyzing your dreams to find out how your dreams are connected. You’ll be surprised as you identify reoccurring symbols or meanings in your dreams. Best of all, you may even be able to transform your life by making changes according to these meanings.