So does this mean I’m an anxious person?
That is ALL I could think of after reading a post on Snapchat (yes I use it, and love it!) about common dreams and what they mean.
I’ve pretty much had a hate-hate relationship with my teeth since the time that I was very young.
I LOVE chocolates, teeth hate it when you do. It doesn’t help that I inherited my mother’s cavity prone-ness.
I LOVE Coca-Cola, teeth hate it when you do that too! One time I actually placed my own extracted tooth in a bottle of Coke and left it that way for a while to prove a point to my dentist that Coke does not dissolve your teeth (not in 24 hours at least!)
I used to HATE brushing my teeth twice a day, but boy do teeth love that!
You get it right?
Then suddenly at some point I started having these dreams about my teeth falling out, all the time!
I began to think that my battle with teeth had finally gotten the better of me, I was becoming obsessed and/or losing my mind!
As life went by, I got better with moderating my eating habits, yes I also started brushing my teeth at night, and the dreams became less frequent and even went away. My correlation was confirmed.
Or so you would think…
About a month or so back, I started having these dreams again. Imagine my surprise! Was I having too much Coca-Cola again? I even thought of whether I had forgotten to brush my teeth the night before. I know how crazy it sounds, but I just told you my relationship status with teeth, so sue me for thinking about it!
Cut to when I read this post about dream interpretations on Snap, and suddenly it all becomes clear – it’s anxiety.
I trace back to the period when these dreams first started, a period when I was going through a lot of emotional turmoil and transition. Why then did I stop having them? I became better at self-care, not just oral care. Over the last year and a half, I’ve really overcome a lot of personal, emotional battles, to gain more perspective on my life, on myself. I rarely get stressed, I’m up for most challenges, and I’m determined to maintain a peaceful mindset.
It was only in the last month or so that I experienced an unexpected setback (if I want to sound dramatic about it). In the very least, it was an uncertain time that set into motion a series of changes, some unexpected and unpleasant, and others unexpected yet surprisingly amazing!
So these dreams, of my teeth feeling out, it was my own body, mind, reacting to times of unexpected change, an outlet for anxiety.
Are you an anxious person? It could be pent up anxiety coming through in the form of a dream. “We might think of this as being concern about one’s potency, competence, strength, power, ability to ‘take a bite out’ of the world, ” says Braun. This common dream can also be associated with times of change and transition.
This interpretation set me thinking of what it meant for me, these dreams, what were they trying to tell me?
As much as I don’t like to admit, I have a lot of insecurities when it comes to my own value. I’m overtly self-critical, and never truly believe I am deserving of anything great, even if that is exactly what I’ve been working my ass off to achieve. So you can empathize why reading this had such a strong impact on me.
I’ve just recently taken on a new approach, a new dream (stay tuned you’ll know in due time right here on my blog), and it requires me to envision myself to be competent, capable, and valuable to take it head on. Regardless to say, it requires me to get over my insecurities.
Accepting this, and accepting that this is pure anxiety, has given me the confidence to get over it. Knowing what the problem is, is a problem half solved. Simply writing about it is making me feel a whole lot better. And so that is what I will continue to do.
This whole vulnerability thing, it really works, you should try it. I myself was inspired by Vivian Nunez a brilliant writer in this genre, to take a stab at it, and since then, I find myself feeling more free – to invite positive thoughts into my life, because I know I have an outlet for all the rest , rest of this anxiety.