Most people have dreams, and almost everyone has ever wondered what their dreams mean. A recent study looked at dream content to see if it was possible to identify any correlations between dream content and anxiety levels. The study found that three themes were associated with higher levels of anxiety: fear of death or injury, feelings of helplessness, and feelings of isolation or abandonment.

If you struggle with anxiety, it can be helpful to examine your own dreams for clues about the causes of your anxiety. Dreams can offer a unique perspective on our emotional lives that we cannot get from other sources.

But what triggers disturbing dreams?

Dreams can be strange and often leave us in a state of confusion, fear or just overwhelmed. But what actually triggers these disturbing dreams? According to experts, a variety of factors can contribute to bad dreams, including stress, anxiety and even certain medications.

In other cases, dreams can be a way for our mind to process difficult feelings or events. Regardless of the cause, understanding what triggers our bad dreams can help us find ways to reduce their frequency or intensity. In some cases, therapy may be necessary to address the underlying issues that are causing the frequent nightmares. But simply being aware of the potential causes of our bad dreams can be a helpful first step in dealing with them.

3 recurring dreams that reveal your level of anxiety.

If you have the same dream over and over again, it might be time to take a closer look at what that dream is trying to tell you. Dreams are often symbolic and can be a way for our subconscious to process the things that worry us. Here are three common dreams that may be indicative of your level of anxiety:

  1. The dream where you are being chased: This dream is often associated with feelings of anxiety or uncertainty. It could be a sign that you feel like you are being chased by something or someone in your life, or that you are afraid of being caught in a difficult situation.
  2. The dream where you fall: This dream is common among people who have to deal with a lot of stress in their lives. It can be a symbol that you feel out of control or that you are facing something traumatic.
  3. The dream of being lost: This dream is usually related to feelings of confusion or uncertainty. It could be a sign that you feel lost in your life or that you are not sure what direction to take next.

If you regularly have one of these dreams, it’s important to take the time to think about what might be causing them. Often our dreams can be a way to overcome our anxiety and find solutions to the problems we face in our lives.

A study determines the level of anxiety according to your dreams.

Researchers at the University of Düsseldorf launched a study to understand the difference in dreams between people with anxiety and those without. Using a mix of tools such as dream diaries, questionnaires and individual analyses, the researchers explored the dream content of 38 participants with anxiety disorders and 38 participants without. The dreams of patients with anxiety “differed significantly from the dream content of healthy people and contained more negative and unpleasant elements.”

There were patterns in the dream content itself. These included being chased, being attacked or treated aggressively, being frozen with fear, arguing, falling or being afraid of falling, being rejected in social situations, the death of a loved one, accidents such as car or plane crashes, and experiencing failure.

Interpretation and overanalysis:

Study author Anton Rimsh noted that people with anxiety tend to analyze their dreams more than average and try to “find and uncover clues to worries in life.” This is related to the nature of anxiety and rumination, ie. focusing excessively on past events, obsessing over the future or daily worries. Compared to healthy subjects, the participants had a higher frequency of dream incorporation, a psychological term for dreaming about waking life events.

Rimsh observed a “vicious cycle” between the experience of waking and the experience of dreaming. Difficult experiences, such as anxiety or depression, affect the nature of dreams. And having lots of negative or scary dreams directly affects the mood in waking life.

This study has not delved into the world of dream interpretation, other than to report the content factually, but there are valuable insights to be gained from Jungian philosophy. Keep in mind that people with anxiety disorders tend to overanalyze. There is a difference between calm thinking and anxious rumination. This difference is significant when approaching dreams as a means of learning or discovering things.

Befriending the Dream World:

Rimsh recommends that people with severe anxiety and disturbing dreams seek professional help.

Very often dreams are symbols from the depths of our unconscious. They have their own intelligence and can absolutely guide us to overcome problems or develop and grow endlessly. But not all dreams are equal. Sometimes your brain is just processing data, as the conventional approach to dream analysis shows. It doesn’t always have a meaning.

This is an important point because it appeals to the need to know that even if everything makes sense in itself, it does not mean that every bit of information needs to be analyzed or deconstructed.

Part of dream integration is knowing which dreams carry a message or deeper value and which can be thrown away as trash. And as anxious people tend to be judgmental about their own thought processes. It is easy to start interpreting frivolous dreams as a reflection of their character.

It helps to take an objective approach to dreams. Keep a dream journal and notice anything that stands out in a meaningful way. The obsession with dreams will only increase your anxiety.

How to stop worrying about the future and enjoy life more?

It’s no secret that we all get worried from time to time. Whether it’s an upcoming exam or a presentation at work, anxiety is a normal part of life. But when worries begin to take over our thoughts and prevent us from enjoying the present, it may be time to take a step back and reassess our priorities.

One of the ways to gain insight into our anxiety levels is to take a look at your dreams. Dreams are often symbolic representations of your subconscious. They can provide valuable insight into your deepest fears and concerns. If you find that your dreams are filled with images of impending deadlines or stressful situations, it may indicate that you are feeling overwhelmed by anxious thoughts. On the other hand, if your dreams are peaceful and relaxing, it may be a sign that you are dealing with your anxiety in a healthy way.

Of course, it’s important to remember that dreams are only one way to measure your anxiety level. If you’re feeling particularly stressed or anxious, there are plenty of other ways to deal with those feelings. Breathing deeply, going for a walk or listening to soothing music can help reduce stress and promote relaxation. The important thing is to find what works for you and remember that worry is only effective if it leads to positive action. The next time you worry about the future, try to take a moment to enjoy the present.

* Presse Santé strives to convey health knowledge in a language that is accessible to everyone. IN NO CIRCUMSTANCES can the information provided replace the advice of a healthcare professional.