By Jenny Everett, SELF magazine
Lately, we've been dreaming a lot. And they're not just simple whatever dreams, they're the "say, huh?" kind (we'll spare you the details!) with weird twists and blank faces and random houses that we may or may not have ever seen before. Got a bunch of us SELFers wondering: Could there be health-related red flags in our dreams?
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Absolutely, yes, according to Certified Dream Analyst Lauri Quinn Loewenberg, author of Cracking The Dream Code. "Your dreams are going to give you a heads up because they're coming from your inner self," she says. "When you see certain symbols and actions in your dreams, it might be a sign that something is going wrong with your mind or body. If you want to remember your dreams, write them down immediately or tell someone ASAP when you wake up. Otherwise, they'll be gone by breakfast."
Here are the 5 most common health-related dreams to put on your REM radar:
House "Whether it's your actual house or a dream house, it represents your state of mind and your physical body," says Loewenberg. "This is how the dreaming mind sees yourself. So a house fire is a sign of being super-stressed. It's interesting how many women have told me they're having this dream. It represents that something is literally burning you out."
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Car "A car reprents yor ability to progress and move forward in different areas of your life. The most common dream is that you're driving a car and they brakes stop working. This could be sign that you're drinking too much and you need to put the brakes on this behavior because it's taking you off the road."
Drowning "This is telling you that you're in over your head with responsibility and you literally feel like it's suffocating you. Water represents your emotions, so whenever water is threatening you in a dream -- say, a tidal wave -- it's a sign that your emotions are getting the best of you."
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Bleeding Whether it's your blood or someone else's blood, it represents your physical and emotional energy and the presense of it in a dream is a sign that you're putting too much of yourself into something -- maybe it's your job -- and that energy isn't being restored and replenished."
Falling "If you're prone to falling into depressions, falling can be a warning sign that you're slipping back into that state. Whether you're falling down a staircase or off a building, it's signaling that something in your life is moving in the wrong direction. It could be your finances or a relationship or any other area of your life. Most likely you haven't fallen into the depression yet, but the dream is a sign that you are on the verge and should take action to prevent it."
Do these symbols ever appear in your dreams? Any extra weird ones lately?
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