How to Record Your Dreams in a Dream Journal

Are you interested in interpreting your dreams? If so, the first step is to get a dream journal. In this, you can write down everything you remember about your dreams. If you write them down as soon as you wake up, it will be easier to remember them as dreams do fade with time. 

Perhaps you’re not sure how to start writing your dream journal. If so, this article will give you valuable pointers.

Why Record and Write Dreams Down in a Dream Dictionary?

  • It will help you to remember the feelings and emotions you had in your dream.
  • If you write down your dreams, you can look back and see if there are recurring themes and symbols. If so, the dreams will hold more relevance. Your dreams are trying to tell you something important.
  • Because you forget your dreams as the day passes, to have them written down will help you to remember them. This means that your interpretation of your dreams will be more accurate.
  • Writing your dreams down each day gets you in the practice of remembering them better.

8 Tips for Writing Dreams Down in your Journal

It is important to have your dream journal on a table beside your bed so that you can write down what you remember immediately. Your dream will still be fresh in your memory. Because the memory of your dream fades, writing it down will help you to remember it. 

You might not have time to interpret your dream in the morning if you have work commitments, so writing it down will give you the opportunity to interpret it later in the day. 

Another advantage of writing your dreams down is that you will be able to see recurring patterns. If, for example, you often dream about the color red, it could mean that there is something passionate in your life or, alternatively, something you are angry about. The rest of the dream will give you an indication of which it is.

There is no right or wrong way of writing a dream journal. Just write down everything you remember. It doesn’t need to have a beginning, middle, or end. We will, however, give you a few tips which can help you to write a dream journal.

8 Things to do When you Write Down a Dream

  1. Don’t worry about writing in sequential order of the dream. When you first wake up and write in your dream journal, just write down what you remember. You can go back to your journal later in the day and sort out your dream, rewriting it if you need to. The most important thing is to capture your thoughts, feelings, and symbols as soon after your dream as possible.
  2. Don’t try to think what things mean or analyze the dream while writing. You want to just get the dream down before it fades from your mind. Focus on anything you remember from the dream. There is plenty of time to interpret the dream later on.
  3. Use detailed language. Make a note of everything you remember and write it down in as much detail as possible. You need to include any people you see, whether you know them or not, the setting of the dream, any colors that stand out, your emotions, and your mood throughout the dream. If you can’t go into too much detail when you first wake up due to time restrictions, write down what you can and go back later.
  4. Don’t worry about writing in complete sentences, grammar, or spelling. Do you know shorthand? If so, this would be a quick way to write everything about your dream quickly. However, you can just write in note form. Perhaps you have your own way of writing quickly for example if you were writing especially, you could just put it down as esp. If you understand what you have written, that’s all that matters. You can go back and rewrite the dream later.
  5. Write down any feelings & emotions during the dream. It is important to try and remember how you felt during your dream. Were you happy, sad, anxious, afraid, or angry? Feelings and emotions give you insight into your dreams. Do they compare with how you feel in your waking life? If they do, these feelings are reinforced.
  6. Write while the dream is fresh in your memory. When you get up you may think that your dream will stay in your memory all day, but more often than not, it fades. Try getting up five to ten minutes before you really need to and spend that time writing in your dream journal.
  7. REMEMBER: It’s better to write 2 sentences than nothing. If you don’t write anything down, you will probably forget the dream. A few sentences could jog your memory later in the day. It is important to note your feelings in the dream, even if it’s only a couple of words. It may sound amazing, but just a few words can trigger your memory.
  8. Take note of people, places, and objects. The setting of the dream is important. If you recognize it, make sure to write it down. It is also important to write down who the people were in the dream. Do you know who they were or were they strangers? Objects are also important whether or not they are big. Perhaps you dream about an ornament given to you by a deceased (see also deceased mother dream meaning and interpretation) loved one. Maybe you will see something big like a ship or a house. Anything can carry significance.

Other Things to Do When You Record Dreams in Your Dream Journal

Date the entry; It is important to write down the date you had the dream. Eventually, as you write down more dreams, you can look back and see if there is a recurring theme and if there are symbols. If the dates are close, this theme could be important. See how this relates to your waking life.

Give the dream a title: It’s a good idea to give your dream a title as it will help you remember your dream. Just take the most significant element of the dream and make it your title. If, for example, you are being chased by a car, name the dream ‘Car Chase’. If you feel afraid, name it ‘Scary Car Chase’.Something simple is all you need to jog your memory.

Take notes: If you have time after you have written down your dream, make some notes about your waking life. What is going on in your life? Is career taking precedence over personal relationships? Is this causing a problem? How have you been feeling for the past few days? By doing this, you may recognize a connection between your waking and your dream worlds.

Draw a picture: If your dream is of something particular, try and draw it. Perhaps you saw your pet dog or a motorcycle. Maybe a particular color was relevant. To have a visual interpretation of your dream can help you to remember the finer details.

Perhaps you don’t think you can draw, but this doesn’t matter. Just draw what you can. Your dream journal is personal to you and nobody else needs to see it. It’s only for interpretation after all. If you can draw, however, why not go wild and create a masterpiece. The more details, the easier it will be to interpret your dream.

Everything we have written about should make it easier for you to interpret your dreams. Yes, it might be difficult at first if you have never used a dream journal before or if you’re not keen on writing, but practice makes perfect. You might be a bit confused to start with, but try to follow the steps we have given you every time you have a dream. In no time at all, you will be able to write quickly and pick out the most important themes and symbols.

Write down your dreams as part of a regular bedtime routine. Try and go to bed at the same time each night and wake up at the same time. Don’t eat or drink coffee just before bed and turn off technology, including your phone so that nobody disturbs you. By doing this, you should be able to have a good night’s sleep and remember your dreams.

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