Worry Dreams De­coded

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Some­times our concerns keep us up at night, but other times they come through in our dreams. “Worry dreams usu­ally show us im­ages from the psy­che in an ef­fort to help us,” says Ur­sula Carsen, a Toronto-based reg­is­tered psy­chother­a­pist who spe­cial­izes in dreams.

She ex­plains that many dreams are try­ing to tell us to stop and take a break from some­thing that’s over­whelm­ing us. A clas­sic ex­am­ple is when some­one dreams that their teeth are falling out. “They’re prob­a­bly bit­ing off more than they can chew,” ex­plains Carsen. Other worry dreams in­clude run­ning af­ter a train that’s

al­ready left the sta­tion or show­ing up half-dressed for an in­ter­view.

But not all worry dreams feel bad. “Even some fly­ing dreams, as much as peo­ple like them, can sig­nal that you’re fac­ing some­thing way too real, or way too heavy, and try­ing to rise above it,” says Carsen.

While fre­quent worry dreams could be a cause for con­cern, Carsen says our dreams are more likely to tell us about the ap­pre­hen­sions we don’t rec­og­nize when we’re con­scious. If you have a re­cur­rent worry dream, it’s time to con­sider what might be trou­bling you in real life. Once you face it, the dreams are likely to end or trans­form into some­thing new.

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