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The positive impacts of dreaming are pretty well documented. But sometimes, it can be hard to really apply any of the principles we read about to our own lives. We’ve collected six benefits of recording your dreams and how they can apply in a situation you may currently be facing.
Improve Your Creativity and Problem Solving
According to Amy Cope, dreaming is the time when you brain’s creative center goes into hyperdrive. By actively working to record your dreams, you can uncover new creative insights from your own mind that you might not be able to access in a normal day. I don’t think this means that people who feel like they dream more frequently are necessarily more creative than everyone else, but if you’re looking for a creative spark, try recording your dreams for a couple weeks, reviewing your journal, and seeing what pops out.
Increase Your Self-Confidence
DreamMoods.com has a ton of resources related to dreaming, including how to keep a dream journal and tips for recalling your dreams more easily. According to them, recording and remembering your dreams can increase self-knowledge, self-awareness, and even self-confidence. Additionally, they say this can lead to having a more assertive and confident personality (duh)! If you feel your having trouble advocating for yourself or your own self-care, dream journaling could be an avenue to increase your confidence in this area.
Deal With Unprocessed Thoughts and Emotions
According to the Natural Health EZine, psychologists believe that there are connections between what you dream and what goes on in real life. Oftentimes, this means that dreams can unlock emotions or thoughts that may have been repressed during our daily lives. If you have feelings or emotions bottled up during the day, or you feel like it’s been difficult to cope with a recurring situation, collecting your dreams and reviewing your journal may be a good way to being processing some of your more challenging thoughts.
Find the Information You Need to Make Choices
Life Coach Fran Kramer writes that analyzing our dreams and looking especially for patterns can reveal a clear decision path we may not readily notice during the course of our normally distracted days. Choices, especially important ones that are made over a long period of time and involve a lot of cognitive processing, can be difficult to make, especially when it’s difficult to focus on all the pros and cons of the situation. Dreams can unlock what’s going on beneath the surface and reveal the true ways you think about the decision.
Prove How Much You’ve Grown Over Time
Lifehack.org has a great list of reasons why recording your dreams can be of great benefit to your life, but one of the most interesting benefits is that a solid record (e.g., months and months of recorded dreams) can allow you to look back on how much you’ve grown, mentally. Think about if you had started keeping a journal in your early teens. Pretend you’ve written in it every day until today. How much different would what you’ve written be today versus when you were 13 or 14? Seeing this kind of growth can serve as a huge self-confidence booster and perhaps can give you the courage you need to be bold every day.
Start Controlling the Events in Your Dreams
Lucid dreaming isn’t something I’ve studied too much, but when I hear about it, it sounds like fantasy. According to NY Mag, I think this way partly because I’m like most other people who have been socialized to believe that thinking about or talking about my dreams is something I should have “grown out of” as I became and adult. However, the positive impacts of dreaming, especially lucid dreaming, are well documented for both kids and adults. Lucid dreamers can use dreams to help design more meaning in their lives, among other things.
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