According to a survey, about 5 to 10 percent of adults have nightmares once a month or more frequently. In my case, I kept dreaming about failing the exam when I was preparing for entering university. This kind of dreams which are repeated with same patterns is called recurring dreams. Generally, recurring dreams have a tendency to appear in a form of nightmare, and most of the people who experience these dreams are suffered from negative feelings such as fear and anxiety. However, suffering from recurring dreams can be prevented by a typical process. That process is, perceiving a dream by writing down a dream journal, exercising self-discipline during the day, and finally controlling dreams.
The easiest and the most fundamental step to prevent recurring dreams is keeping a dream journal and interpreting those dreams. Like “Better the devil you know than the devil you don’t know”, it is important to know the dreams specifically. Through this step, recurring dreams can be remembered and analyzed. First of all, dream journal should be able to be approached at anytime, anywhere so that all of the dreams can be recorded. Right after waking up in the morning, the first thing that should be done is writing down the dream. Even if a dreamer is awakened in the middle of the night, keeping the dream journal cannot be overlooked. Furthermore, this journal should be considered as the dreamer’s own dream dictionary. That is to say, specific details should be recorded as much as possible, and also categorized according to similar symbols and patterns. Finally, this journal can be examined and consequently, symbols and patterns of recurring dreams are analyzed. It means that every time those dreams occur again, the dreamer can consult this journal. Accordingly, recurring dreams are considered more objectively.
The next stage to deal with recurring dreams is to train self-discipline. One of the most important factors in preventing recurring dreams is the willpower of the dreamers. Therefore,
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it is necessary to practice to control mind. Above all, a dreamer should always keep in mind that he or she has a significant ability to manage the dream, especially before going to bed. This process actually provides a power of control. After a dreamer awakes, he or she should contemplate slowly those dreams of the last night, and reflect on them while awaking during the day. The more the dreamer thinks about the dream, there is more possibility to be conscious in the dream, and ultimately, recalling the dream becomes easier. In addition, learning to meditate is considerably helpful to control the mind. The effects of meditation such as relaxing and purifying the body and spirit are already...