Last week, I had a brutal nightmare. I have no recollection of the horror at all, but I awoke in the wee hours of that morning and I was sobbing, full on heaving sobs, and tears were streaming down my face. I can honestly say I’m relieved that I don’t remember the theme of the night terror that I survived. Naturally, it got me thinking about nightmares and why they occur.
Nightmares are simply a combination of your history of events, and many of those nightmares are caused by the stress of those same calamities. Whether you realize it or not, you may be dealing with some issues that take hold of your subconscious and wreak havoc in your dream world. You may not even comprehend that you are holding onto so much of what happened in your day, or your week, but it builds up like a brick wall that crumbles in your sleep and the shrapnel plummets into your waking moments.
Stress is fickle creature. It can inhabit your daily life as much as it creeps into the blissful hours that should be your time to recharge. Apparently I didn’t allow myself the down-time I needed to overcome the stress of my day. When I went to bed, I carried with me each particle of energy-draining angst that I had accumulated throughout that day. Nightmares and dreams paint a picture of what is happening in your life. Whether that portrait is drenched in vibrant colors or tarnished with mottled shades of black and grey, the visions in your sleep depict your mood and illustrate the tension you are storing in your body.
I am in awe of the seemingly limitless catastrophes that a human body can endure and process. Any type of mental anguish it represses during the day will certainly appear in our unconscious state giving us signs that we are walking on a ledge.
Find a way to clear out your negative energy before the weight of your day begins to pull down the blankets of your eyelids. You will at least have a fighting chance of supplying the artist in your sleep with a pallet of spirited rich colors instead of the monochromatic, threatening spatters of charcoal and black. Free your head of that ticking time bomb called stress and reclaim your restful night of unadulterated sleep.