Worry Dreams Decoded
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.