5 Simple Tips to Starting a Dream Journal and Keeping Up With It

One minute you're have the most amazing dream about your crush and the next you've woken up and totally forgot all about it. We've all been there.

So how do you prevent this from happening? Dream journaling, of course!

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You may have no idea where to start with journaling your dreams, but that's where Dream Analysis expert Stase Michaels comes in.

"Having a record of a dream is the first step to understanding its message," Stase explained to Sweety High. "As you jot a dream down in a bedside notebook or electronic file, even the words you choose unfold surprises about what the dream means."

We hope you're ready to start interpreting even your simplest of dreams, because Stase is sharing her five tips for creating and maintaining a dream journal. Scroll through her helpful tricks and you'll be well on your way to having the dream journal of your, well, dreams.


1. Title Your Entries

You always want to title your journal entries with as much description as possible. "Give it a name that expresses its main impact," Stase said. "The title you select could be a clue to its meaning." Dating each entry is just as important, so it's easier to keep track of them all.


2. Be Detailed

Make sure you are as thorough as possible when writing down exactly what happened in your dreams. You don't want to leave anything out, even if it seems minuscule. "A detail may highlight an important insight," Stase shared.

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3. Write As If It's Happening

Don't write an entry as if it already happened, write it as if you are currently experiencing the dream. "This brings back details and can jog your memory about an important missing part," Stase revealed. Again, you don't want to leave any part of your dream out.


4. Pay Attention to Your Feelings

After you wake up from a dream, take a moment to recognize the emotion(s) you are experiencing and write that in your journal. "If you feel bad, it is a sad message or a warning," Stase noted. "If it makes you feel happy, something good can be on its way."

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5. Note What's Happening in Your Life

If you're realize that what's happening in your life is starting to take over your dreams, that's not a coincidence. "The question is not 'What does the dream mean?' " Stase said. "The question is 'What is the dream telling me about me or my life?' " Knowing what was on your mind before you fell asleep can help you better interpret what the dream you had is trying to reveal to you.


Now that you are well on your way to maintaining a dream journal, it's time to discover the meanings behind your most common dreams HERE.