Dreams and mood. 

I am sure some of our dreams give great relief to us and some effect us in a way that we if remember them vividly,they keep us entangled into themselves.Well,in dreams we deal with emotional content in a safe place, making connections that we would not make if  left to our more critical or defensive brains. In this sense, dreaming is like therapy on the couch: We think through emotional stuff in a less rational and defensive frame of mind. Through that process, we come to accept truths we might otherwise repress. Dreams are our nightly psychotherapy. If I am not wrong.

It is true, that our nightly dreams may affect our moods. Rather than waking up refreshed, a troubled dreamer may wake up feeling as if she/he has been in battle all the night long. Moreover, these abstract, disorienting dreams can contribute to anxiety. People who are clinically depressed may dream three to four times more than the average dreamer. In order to break free from  bad dream-bad mood cycle, it is important to identify the cause of these dreams. While anxiety and stress are the most common causes of nightmares, other catalysts include:Dreaming about specific things can be an indicator of things in your life that have yet to be resolved. Your dreams are often about a past relationship if you had one. Can you think of anything in the relationship that is still affecting you? What about things about the relationship that still trouble you? Recording what your dreams are about can help you focus on what is troubling you most.

So its not wrong to say that dreams serve to alleviate emotional distress. By this logic, dreams present distressing scenarios that symbolize similar life events and help dreamers heal from those events while they sleep.

I tell my patients and clients to keep the diaries of their dreams,so as I can study the sequence of their dream life. Effects of their dreams on their moods,affect,habits,behavior and cognition so in this way the records are kept. This assigned task really help professionals to reach the deep core of person’s subconscious activities,and the extended lot of things from waking life handled in less difficult or more difficult ways in dream-life. Remember the last time you had a bad dream (so called a bad dream) then woke up feeling distressed?
The dreams you see at night can change your mood on the next day to a great extent even if you can’t remember them exactly you can possibly remember the feeling you had related to that dream,then. The important fact you should be aware of is that even if the dreams weren’t that intense they can still play a great role in changing your mood the next day.

I have seen in many bipolar cases that if a person used to like someone then dreamed of him/her then there is a big chance that the person will become more attached ,attracted or thinking of that person the next day or for few days even if he/she didn’t think about the person for sometime usually. The intensity of the dream also determines the extent with which the person think about that person.

In the same way  even when we can remember an unpleasant dream it will still effect our mood for sometime until something else happens and we somehow are distracted,otherwise it keeps on bothering us. But eventually  try usually to forget about it or just shrug it off. Some people also reported that,”If I have a good dream and I wake up in the middle I can usually go right back to it if I want to.” Isn’t it more interesting,so the next day you will be fresh and happy.

So there is nothing wrong in saying that yes dreams do effect our moods but for sure if we remember them,or if we still feel the emotion related to the dream,next day or for few next days. I personally met people who feel irritated for a whole day just because they had an unpleasant dream and that’s why its extremely important to learn how to reduce the effect those dreams have on certain people and the ways how to free from the myths related to dreams. Though dreams truly sometimes spiritually,instinctively,emotionally,predict certain things related,based on our previous learning,experiences and future related thoughts.

Many researchers have reached to the point that existential dreams are most strongly related to “self-perceptual depth,” meaning that they address weighty topics such as spiritual conviction, life’s meaning, and so forth.Your mood and current mental state has also been shown to impact on your dreams. Researches suggest that people who have suffered trauma, loss, are unwell or are suffering from stress or anxiety tend to have  more nightmares. Such conditions can also affect the vividness of the dreams. As I have already mentioned.

There is one exercise I would suggest to anyone who is concerned about the dreams they are having. Seligman recommends it for children in his book Authentic Happiness.I believe it can benefit us all. Just before going to sleep, imagine a positive picture. Conjure up the details and think about how it makes you feel. You could even give it a name. Then tell yourself that you intend to dream about it. Hopefully this will bring about happy dreams, in some cases.

It is therefore apparent that mood can affect dreams which in turn can affect mood.

Zaira khan. 


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