Does anyone else have recurring dreams/nightmares that happen when your anxiety spikes?
For me, they are often the first signal that anxiety is spiking up. I may not consciously notice it during the day, but those recurring dreams can only mean one thing.
Last night I had a bunch. I'm not even sure why; nothing majorly anxiety-producing was going on. I realized I forgot to take my meds yesterday; maybe that is why. Usually if I forget for one day, nothing really happens, but for some reason last night was different.
My biggest recurring nightmare is being unable to close or lock my doors and windows when I know someone is trying to break into my house. The door or window will be broken, just hanging open, and there's nothing I can do. (I've never had a break-in happen in real life.) I thought about this dream and actually realized that it's a sort of metaphor. It happens when I'm feeling insecure, and it's literally about being unable to secure things.
Last night I dreamed about doing things wrong all the time and being yelled at by authority figures for what I'd thought were minor mistakes.
I also dreamed about someone shooting at me with a machine gun, which was very scary.
I've actually made some peace with these nightmares because I know they're a signal of what's going on, rather than just random. I wake up and think "Oh, another anxiety dream" rather than dwelling on the nightmare itself and how scary it was. It lets me know when I need to deal with my anxiety.
Anyone else have this happen? What are your anxiety dreams, if you want to share? How do you deal with it? Have you ever been able to lucid-dream, realize it's a dream and take control?
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