Staying Calm

Staying calm is one of the primary things to learn about remaining lucid in your dreams. It’s really easy when you first become lucid to lose control of yourself. Staying calm is difficult, but it will ensure that you remain lucid for longer.

If you’re having trouble staying calm in lucid dreams, you may find that you wake up really easily. This can be a huge problem, particularly, if you are close to waking up, anyway. Staying calm will help you get a grip so you can practice other methods of increasing lucidity and lengthening your lucid dreams.

If you’re struggling with staying calm, the first thing to remember is not to be too hard on yourself. It’s not at all unusual for beginning lucid dreamers to wake themselves up several night in a row because they’re simply having trouble staying calm. However, if you can learn a few simple techniques, you may be able to breathe – literally and with your dream body – and keep your mind calm enough to stay in your dream for longer.

Once you start regularly having lucid dreams, these techniques are helpful for staying calm. They’re some that I used particularly when I was starting out as a lucid dreamer, but they come particularly in handy even these days when my emotions get a little out of control.

Add calm to your MILD mantras

Practicing Mnemonic Induced Lucid Dreaming is a great way to start out, and if you haven’t tried it yet, I’d highly suggest you do. When you’re repeating a mnemonic as you’re falling asleep, start asserting to yourself that you’ll not only wake up in your dreams but that you’re going to be staying calm when you do. Something like, “I will become lucid during my dreams, and I will stay calm and collected.” Remember that assertions and beliefs play a huge part in how your lucid dreams play out, so this can be really helpful.

Focus on your hands

Rubbing your hands together and focusing on every detail of them is one of the best ways to increase lucidity during a dream, but it can also help you stay calm. For me, it’s like, “Oh, these are my hands. They’re nothing new.” Instead of getting freaked out by crazy dream characters or unusual dreamscapes, I just let the normal sight of my hands calm me down. Once I’m calm, I can look up and start experiencing the dream.

Do some mental math

Most people don’t like doing math in their heads, and I’m one of them. However, it does help me stay calm by waking up the logical part of my brain and allowing that part to overcome the wilder, more emotional side that makes staying calm difficult. I like to use basic multiplication problems, which I still have to think through. If you’re a math whiz, you might actually need to do some more complex math to really get your brain to do more than move in everyday ruts that don’t require much actual thinking.


These are just three things that make staying calm a little easier. However, it will all get simpler and easier with practice over time. It’s easy to freak when you find yourself lucid in a dream, especially if it hasn’t happened to you often. As you get used to becoming lucid and are able to do them more often, though, you’ll automatically start staying calm more easily. This isn’t something beginners really like to hear because they want to get on to the good stuff right away, but it’s true. Practice is imperative here as in most other things in life!

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"The result of the struggle between the thought and the ability to express it, between dream and reality, is seldom more than a compromise or an approximation." - M. C. Escher