Bad dreams, bad bad dreams. No good, awful, terrible, horrendous, chilling, terrifying dreams. Wake up crying dreams. Almost throw up dreams. Worse every time dreams. No sleep dreams. Sleep bad. Sleep means dream. No sleep means no dream. Awake means safe. Awake means no bone chilling nightmares. Awake means tired but not so scared. Anxiety high right now, communication bad. Sorry. Can talk better when calm. Woke up from bad. Still shook up. Scared. So scared.
You’re okay. Try to focus on your breathing.
Yeah, I second alien99. Focus on breathing, calm is good for you at the moment
Thank you. Helps remind me when others say it. Used to have sensory items. Fluffy stuffs, stuff that click, stuff to squeeze. Lost them. Need to get new ones. Dreams follow me when I’m awake sometimes. Play over and over.
Just breathe slowly for as long as you need. I used to get wicked nightmares every night.
Over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over. Sorry, need to breathe. Breathing good. Count to 4. Sorry if this is weird. Helps to write whatever I think. That’s why its disjointed. Get everything out. I’m scared.
The way I regulate my anxiety or fear is to breathe in deeply to a count of four, exhale to a count of six, then hold for a count of two before you inhale again.
One way. Sometimes I count four for all. Sometimes breathe in super deep and let out as slowly as possible. Sometimes dont count and just breathe.
Thank you for listening. It helps. Hate nightmares, scary, very scary, very very scary. Breathe. Listening helps. Being heard helps. Breathing reminders help. Thank you.
Don’t worry your nightmares are not reality. You are safe.
Maybe have a nice calming tea like a herbal one with no caffeine.
I used to get awfully disturbing nightmares I feel for you.
I hope it gets less and less with time…
Tea is nice. Might draw. Drawing helps. Gets out what cant be described in words. I have to sleep though. Didnt get much sleep last night. Was asleep for only about 20 minutes tonight. Have to be up for work in about 5 hours. Will turn on Mr. Moon (silly name I came up with). A sphere half the size of volleyball. Lights up and can change colors. Sphere itself is a little lumpy and darker in some spots so it looks like the moon. Always fascinated by moon and stars. Find them very calming. I like Mr. Moon
Used to get nightmares when I was younger. Nightmares and wet the bed. Embarrassing. Then they went away. Dealt with a living nightmare. Now nightmares are back. Not the same ones as back then. Dont remember those ones but I know they were different than these ones. I also hope they go away. They arent fun at all. Not in the slightest. Even if they dont go away I at least hope I get better at coping with them. Right now I’m not always very good at it.
Does the nightmares coincide with a change in med or dose. That’s really awful how little sleep you’re getting.
You really need more sleep
For me it was a matter of time before they went away. Idk how long you’ve been having these nightmares (not the childhood ones)
Nope have not had any med changes. I drink mountain dew at work to help keep me going. I used to drink energy drinks but I know those are really bad for me so I switched to mountain dew for now. I dont remember exactly when they started. My time and memory are all wonky right now. It’s been going on for a few weeks for sure though. They’ve been getting more frequent too. I think the more anxious and stressed I get the more prone I am to getting these nightmares. The more nightmares I have, the more anxious and stressed i get.
I have this thing where I find it harder to sleep if I know I have to wake up for work. That can be stressful. If you get that too, maybe see if you can get later shifts at work, if it’s possible :s
It gives you a better chance of getting more sufficient sleep.
Hope you find a way to reduce stress in your life you’re right that could help…
i carry around a stuffed sheep all day everywhere i go… it keeps me like grounded to the “real” world… if i don’t have it i feel like i get lost.
I need to get myself something like that. Just sensory items. I like fluffy things. Really just anything I can feel and fidget with. There are certain textures that I cant stand when I’m anxious though. They will actually make me more anxious. I used to have a little box full of little fidgets and sensory things. I dont know where it went. I also like things that make noise. Clicking and key jingling are my favorite especially when I’m anxious.
yea i really need my sheep stuffy… without it i get lost into what i call the shadow world. At first my mum didn’t allow me to take it with me and then pdoc gave me a stone instead to put in my pocket but now these days i’m allowed to take it with me everywhere i go so no need for the stones anymore.
I still sometimes have nightmares like drawning in the ocean sometimes falling from a ship unnoticed. I get difficulty breathing and wake up scared.
Mine started out as memories from a traumatic event but have since developed into me watching the ones I care about being hurt in really awful, horrible ways.