Worried? Try Dream-Based Anxiety Reduction

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Your mind is behaving like a game of Jenga. 

Instead of wooden blocks, however, one worry after another is stacking up.

The whole tower is due to fall over scattering the pieces of your life.

Anxiety: a bad kind of creativity 

Instead of coming up with interesting ideas, you’re coming up with new things to worry about. 

Unlike new ideas, the worries don’t do any good. Worrying doesn’t change anything. 

You believe it, but you seem to not be able to help it. Realizing the likelihood of some of the things you imagine happening are small doesn’t seem to help. 

It’s mental pressure. This causes people to turn to antianxiety pills and self-medication with drugs and alcohol in an effort to find anxiety reduction. It causes them to abandon the things and people who are ostensibly causing them the anxiety. 

Sometimes it causes worry habits like teeth grinding, frequent repetition of a catchword or phrase like “I’m sorry” or picking at a scab. 

Worry is a very expensive habit. 

Stop paying the price. Mobilize your subconscious to help reduce anxiety with dream-based logic. 

Instead of using your creativity to increase your anxiety, use creativity to reduce anxiety.

Why creativity reduces anxiety

The brain and the mind are different. The mind resides in the brain. Consciousness is separate. 

Consciously, you can feel one way. Subconsciously, you can feel another. Since you sleep, you spend about a third of your day with your subconscious mind being dominant, as it is when you’re in one of the REM stages. Your subconscious mind has a huge effect on your life. Even if you keep a dream journal, you might not be fully aware of all of the effectsYou’ll only remember only a small percentage of your dreams no matter how good you get at it.  

You typically have five to eight dreams per night. No matter how good you get at keeping a dream journal, you’re probably only going to remember one or two of them.

As few as those dreams are, you sometimes notice the subjects center around a big event in your life or an upcoming change.  

Maybe you’re moving. Over a period of nights, dream topics might center around getting to work from your new home, making new friends, how you’re going to pay for your new home or about any of the myriad things people concern themselves with when they move. 

In dreams, maybe it’s ostensibly about someone digging out some rooms to stay in. Maybe you’re walking up to some people you don’t know. Maybe it’s raining money and you’re gathering them up for a down payment on your new house in a different city.  

Dreams where problems get solved in fun ways are really special. When these kinds of dreams happen naturally, it’s a way of dealing with anxiety, of coming to believe something good is going to happen. 

Certain dream themes are more common in certain periods. Realizing this can help with the understanding how we live in phases.

Some people to reduce anxiety better than others. Why?

Sleep is an important component of resilience. It’s logical self-soothing dreams are a natural part of anxiety reduction. 

Ministers like Joel Osteen spend a lot of their time preaching on this, saying something good is just around the corner. Being open to that possibility is a natural part of reducing anxiety. When some people sleep, their subconscious probably naturally reduces their anxiety by solving their problems with dream logic.

The cause of anxiety? We’re blind to the future.

We can’t see the future. We have a general idea about what we believe is probable or likely, and our feelings about the future are shaped accordingly. Sometimes we come to the conclusion that a positive outcome isn’t very likely. This conclusion fills us with dread.  

It’s not all bad news. Anxiety can be instrumental in motivating us in ways to reach a positive outcome. It can help us prepare for the future. It can help us pay attention to what’s important. It can help protect us by making us feel in danger and can keep us safe. It can help us in relationships by fostering communication about important matters. 

Simply put, the power of anxiety can save us from being and appearing to others to be oblivious to our environment and circumstances. 

Maybe rather than anxiety reduction, a better goal is anxiety management.

The trouble with anxiety happens when we’re past the point of getting the message. We’re focused on the message and not the action the message demands. Focusing on the message can be a key to anxiety reduction.

We need to have strategies for anxiety reduction. For one reason or another, the soothing mechanism may be missing or is diminished in our nature.   

Yet there is a self-soothing characteristic of certain dreams. Perhaps our conscious mind can redirect our subconscious to help us diminish anxiety. 

Self-help for anxiety reduction

The next time you’re feeling anxious about something, try reducing the anxiety with free-flowing dream logic. 

Now, if you’re feeling anxious about money, I’d be as surprised as the next person if it started raining quarters, nickels and dimes. But what if you think of that? Think of how it would feel, about how fun it would be. Dwelling on a bizarre climactic event like that can help break an anxiety cycle.

Imagine finding money stuck up on the ceiling and wondering how you’re going to get it down. Imagine there’s a stepstool you can get to and you put it under the 20 and 100-dollar-bills. 

Finally, if you dream you reach into your pocket and pull out a roll of fifties you forgot about, that’s great. 

Meet your fears with dream logic.

Your dream journal may be the key to reducing anxiety

Look in your dream journal. You know how bizarre, fun, and illogical dreams are. Maybe this self-soothing mechanism is missing from yours? Maybe you can do something to get the process started. 

Studies where people were interrupted repeatedly when they were getting into the deeper stages of REM show dreaming is essential to mental health. We know dreaming is a necessary, but we don’t fully know why we have to dream. This tendency of dream groupings where we soothe anxieties in different ways could be a vital part of maintaining our mental health when it comes to anxiety. 

Other self-help actions for anxiety reduction

“Lord, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.” 

This short prayer is known as the Serenity Prayer and was composed by Theologian Reinhold Niebuhr. 

It’s a good thought to hold in mind when putting anxiety and worry in its place. 

It’s also worth offering the things you feel powerless about up to God.

Don’t be an anxiety hostage. You can feel more in control and the key to doing that is to get your emotions under control. Try meeting your out-of-control feelings with dream logic. Imagine an unrealistic outcome and maybe a good, positive realistic outcome will materialize.