How a dream journal improves mental health.

In the day time, we can get away with not addressing feelings or issues because we simply have other distractions to use as excuses. When we sleep, all those excuses go away and we have next to no control over our thoughts and feelings. So if our brain is trying to get something through to us why are we dismissing it as soon as our eyes open?

In my experience with anxiety, the one thing which was always working against me in my fight to recover was confusion.

I was confused about why I was this way, confused about what was setting me off, confused about why I couldn’t get it under control and a thousand and one other things.

I learnt to be strategic, logical and strip away all the noise of the day to get hold of my anxiety and myself. I designed the original mental health diary in accordance with this, breaking down the day bit by bit and being analytical and honest with yourself and the results that were discovered. So now its time to take it one step further with the new Dream Tracker!

What does a dream journal do?

A dream journal is a way to track and log what your brain is trying to tell you while you are asleep.

The subconscious has an extremely powerful insight into your waking life and is in fact much bigger and much more dominant that our conscious mind; if something is invading our sleeping mind the chances are its important.

Have you ever woken up from a dream and felt absolutely shaken? So much so that it temporarily affects your relationships, communications and actions the next day? Well, a dream journal does away with that. By noting down your initial thoughts and what you remember (even if you are a bit sleepy) you can get to work sorting out what the underlying message was before you let it affect your waking hours and simply return to address the rest of the dream later on.

A dream journal will allow you to make a start solving the puzzle instead of spending all day wondering “what could it have meant” or “why do I feel terrible about that person?”

Diet, hydration, activities during the day or caffeine could all be contributing to our quality of sleep, we need to pay attention to every aspect of our health in a waking or sleeping state if we want to fully understand yourselves, our wants and needs.

Why bother it’s just a dream right?

I suffer from horrendous vivid dreams and nightmares. I also have the ability to lucid dream.