Have you been experiencing vivid offbeat dreams of late?
Many of our dreams are actually pandemic-related and mostly brought on by preemptive stress. There are even hashtags associated with pandemic dreaming!
There is an emotional and spiritual detoxifying element to what we are all going through, and our dreams are illustrating it in full living color!
Dreams expose our unconscious fears and true thoughts about current times. They also help us work through past upheaval. So if you have been dreaming about your past you are not alone.
Like any good detox, things need to come up before they move out. Some people are having nightmares about dying by suffocation, and others dream of storms. Still others are dreaming about monsters in the night. Our global health and economic crisis could be compared to all of these nightmarish themes.
People are also tweeting and talking about their dreams of loved ones in spirit visiting them. The most common times family and friends in spirit visit us is during family celebrations, times of transition and when we are going through difficult times.
There’s likely a lot of transition in your life right now and also the uncertainty.
We are collectively experiencing emotional detoxification through collective dreaming!
We are encountering something rare that specialists refer to as collective dreaming due to this global crisis. Collective dreaming occurs when a large proportion of people experience something at the same time.
For example, following 911, collective trauma caused large numbers of people to have nightmares that often were around the subject of plane crashes.
During my Facebook Live events people were asking why they couldn’t sleep at all. In my experience stress can manifest in disturbed sleep, headaches, tummy aches and fatigue.
Sleep has actually escaped me on and off for months now and I know I am not alone. Stress-related fatigue stinks!
I am not getting enough REM and I’m not referring to the musical group that became famous in the 1980’s, R.E.M.!
REM stands for Rapid Eye Movement. Research indicates that REM sleep aids in management of our mood, functionality and cognitive functioning. The COVID-19 Pandemic has dearly impacted our REM because it has modified our sleep.
The REM dream state gives us a chance to test drive situations that cause us fear and also work through our fears!
So what can we do?
Creating and maintaining a schedule can be incredibly helpful!
For additional emotional alignment try this!
-Increase scheduled exercise!
-Increase intake of pure water!
-Decrease consumption of caffeine!
-Set a sleep schedule! Go to sleep and wake up at the same time every day!
-Ditch the electronics for an amiable book at least an hour before bedtime.
-Deliberately read, say or think about something completely comforting for at least ten-minutes prior to falling asleep.
-In the morning talk about your dreams with a trusted someone.
-Know that there is no real need to interpret your dreams for them to be useful.
Dreams connect your conscious with your unconscious by their very existence. As a result, they offer you more light.
I was on Twin Cities Live May 8th talking about Pandemic Dreams!
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