How often do you get out of bed feeling a bit confused, concerned, or amused by the dream you were having right before you woke up? For many of us, this happens quite often, and trying to explain or share our dreams with others might be harder than it should. After all, dreams tend to be abstract images that our brain processes while we are asleep, so trying to make sense out of them may be difficult. However, when we keep a dream journal, we get used to remembering and narrating our dreams, putting images into words, and being able to analyze them and figuring out what they mean.
- Dream journals can help us understand our emotions. One of the main reasons why people tend to keep dream journals is because they help us process our emotions better. Dreams are usually inspired by what happens to us in real life. This means that, if we are going through a difficult moment, this will reflect on the dreams we have. Identifying patterns in our dreams can help us understand what our mind feels like at a given time, and work towards improving that situation.
- They can boost our creativity. Many of the greatest artists have been known for drawing inspiration to their work from their dreams, which can be a rich source of imagery and themes to be explored. When we keep a dream journal, we, too, can take inspiration from what we see, from the situations we experience, and the events that happen in our dreams. Even if we are not artists ourselves, dream journals can help us find creative solutions to our everyday problems.
- We can learn to overcome anxiety. Most of the times, our dreams become more intense and more vivid when we are feeling stressed, anxious, or overwhelmed by our current situation. Feeling fear, stress, and anxiety in our dreams can work as an opportunity to identify such emotions and find healthy strategies to overcome them. By facing threatening situations in our sleep, we can find ways to deal with them should we ever face them in real life, being then able to overcome our fears at the moment.
- Analyzing your dreams can be fun, too. Dreams tend to have a language of their own, with different images and recurring themes that are full of symbolism. Analyzing and interpreting our dreams is not an uncommon practice, and there are many guides out there that can help us have a glimpse at what our brain is trying to tell us. Having a dream journal is a great way to keep track of what we are seeing in our sleep, finding patterns, and figuring out what it is they are representing in our life.
“Cherish your visions and your dreams,
as they are the children of your soul;
the blueprints of your ultimate achievements.”