It is normal for humans to dream and have nightmares. But not many people have considered or heard about dream journaling.
Dream journaling is the act of writing down your dreams in a book or diary. This helps to keep track of all your dreams to later try and analyze and make sense of them.
1. Dream journaling helps in sharpening the memory
Most times when we wake up, we don’t usually remember some or all details of the dreams we had the previous night. Jotting down the dreams you had helps to exercise your neurons and assists in having a better memory altogether. Each night you have a dream and you wake up suddenly, just sit quietly for a few seconds, get out your diary or book and quickly write down whatever little details you remember.
2. It helps one in coming up with brilliant ideas
Sometimes when we sleep, we dream about new and unorthodox things that we probably haven’t seen or heard about. Writing down your dreams helps in tapping into the creative part of your brain helping you to come up with more and more ideas and thoughts. According to Masterclass, “many artists have found inspiration in the strange and magical qualities of their dreams, and lucid dreamers hone their skills by practicing dream recall—which is precisely where dream journaling comes in.”
3. It helps one track their behavioral and emotional patterns
Recording down your dreams periodically and going through them from time to time helps you in observing patterns and recurring events in them. This practice helps you in observing your true feelings and how you handle them.
4. It is stress relieving
Writing down your dreams helps to give a sense of calm and relaxation and helps you in reflecting on your ideas. This act helps in soothing the mind and overall the physical body.