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Ryn.Beetle

642d

Any advice on how to overcome nightmares of traumatic events?

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    • soul_seraching

      625d

      Maybe while awake identify your safe person. Nightmares are based on thoughts we fall asleep with or having in our unconscious mind.

    • soul_seraching

      625d

      Maybe while awake identify your safe person. Nightmares are based on thoughts we fall asleep with or having in our unconscious mind.

    • soul_seraching

      625d

      I get horrible nightmares from time to time from my past relationships and I have to use my unconscious mind when sleeping to remind myself that time in my life is over and reality check myself while a sleep. Example iam happily married now and if he isn't in my dream as my hero I know iam experience a nightmare.

    • jvango788

      626d

      I have had nightmares for a long while or I did. I tried all non pharmaceutical ways to not have them. Nothing worked. My psychiatrist put me on prazosin and they went completely away. The only bad part was when I thought I could get off them because I was healing well but they returned once I stopped. If no other therapeutic methods don’t work maybe you could try that.

    • bouncyroo11

      642d

      I've been dealing with this for a very long time. I definitely would say I have chronic nightmares that are due to trauma. The things that help me the most are meditation before bed and I realize that some of my medication actually causes nightmares so I stopped taking those. But yeah I definitely recommend for preventative measures to use a meditation before bed my favorite is "the honest guys" on YouTube.. if you just had the nightmare I recommend giving yourself reassurance and thinking about how the dream should have gone in a better way. That's what they recommend military people do for their nightmares. I also use cannabis after if my nightmare is bad enough.

      • Ryn.Beetle

        641d

        @bouncyroo11 thank you so much for your advice and for taking the time. I also use cannabis for my nightmares as well as for my chronic pain and it helps more than any pharmaceuticals ever did. I actually had to stop taking all medications due to bad side effects. I'm definitely willing to try meditation, I have a loose hold on my unconscious mind and would like to gain some control to stop these nightmares.

    • Blondieswag

      642d

      Personally, I was given advice that in my nightmares I had to address the person responsible for the evilness in my dreams. It was hard for me at 1st...took me a long time. But it works! And the traumatic events that happened I have to use grounding statements as soon as I wake up or if I get flashbacks...like I'm okay, I'm not hurt, I see white walls, blue carpet, or whatever I see by looking around the room, I smell.... i hear.... etc etc.

      • Ryn.Beetle

        641d

        @Blondieswag thank you for your advice and for taking the time. I don't have much lucidity in my dreams and I find them very vivid so I often have trouble doing what I want, but I can see how it would help to face that person and stand up for myself like I should have in the past. I'm definitely willing to try becoming the dream warrior I've been needing.

    • iconically_ill

      642d

      The only thing I know of is working on processing your trauma in therapy... If you can't do that or just need something temporary while you're doing the work, (this isn't a proven method by any means) but I used to put on audio books or meditation podcasts to sleep with in hopes it would keep my brain occupied while I slept. It won't solve the root problem though.

      • Ryn.Beetle

        642d

        @iconically_ill thank you very much, I'm willing to try anything at this point until I'm able to start therapy again. I really appreciate you taking your time to help me and give me advice

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