Parenthood is undoubtedly amazing. The feeling of your child holding your fingers for the first time or smiling at you after a long day of work, is second to none. The jitters are enough to send your brain into overdrive with an enormous amount of dopamine, also known as the happy hormone.
However, if you have been recently having repeated nightmares where your child is getting hurt, this could definitely send any parent into a frenzy. But what does such dreams really mean? Is it some sort of warning that your child might be in danger or just a normal occurrence which happens with many???
To know more, let’s continue reading.
Why do I dream about my child getting hurt?
If you constantly having dreams about your child getting hurt, you might be over worried about your child’s safety at all times and hence the dream. Or if you are single, it can also mean a feeling of guilt over something that has already happened.
Human mind is a complex thing and until now there hasn’t been enough studies to unveil it’s proper working. But, scientists have proven that our subconscious is what creates dreams. And hence depending upon one’s thoughts, feelings and past memories, these dreams take shape.
How do these dreams work?
As mentioned above, if you are always super anxious about the wellbeing of your kids, you automatically tend to wonder if something bad is happening to them when they are outside, with friends or even in school. Having such feelings on a continuous basis, rewires your brain into making it a practice which also gets imprinted on your subconscious mind. Thus, everytime you sleep, it brings back the images as vivid nightmares that are enough to cause panic to any parent.
However, if you don’t have kids, the child in the dream may represent yourself. With life comes happiness and regrets and hence such dreams may mean your ‘inner child’ or feelings have been deeply hurt before which still haven’t recovered completely. Unlike what most people think, feelings of guilt, remorse or trauma can be long lasting, and therefore in case the dreams don’t stop, it is better to seek a professional’s help.
Common dreams about child getting hurt and their interpretations
Depending upon the context and other happenings, your dreams may also be referring to other things that you should be careful of. Below are some of the most common dreams of a child getting hurt and their possible interpretations. So, let’s start.
A child getting abused
Often the worst of all nightmares, when you see a child getting abused (that may be yours or someone else’s) it typically means you are unable to take a stand for yourself. Your personal or professional life is becoming increasingly overwhelming and someone outside is forcing you into doing something that you don’t want to do.
These dreams are also common in individuals who have had a rough childhood or grown up in a toxic environment. Thus, their mind naturally portrays their own kids or themselves in similar situations, giving a hopeless and choking feel.
SOLUTION- Use the dream to read onto your immediate surroundings. Take a stand for yourself and be courageous enough to voice your opinions. Parents can also seek a psychiatrist’s help in case the dreams won’t stop coming.
A child being hurt by a stranger
If your dream shows your child is being hurt by a stranger, it often means you are not taking care of your own health. You may be skipping meals, not heeding proper attention to your lifestyle or engaging in a poor diet regime. Similar to the uncertainty of the stranger’s identity, your sixth sense is telling you to better watch your own actions. So, even though you might not be able to see the issue clearly, you are definitely getting the rumbles of a soon-to-happen accident, therefore the dreams.
But, if you are a parent and happen to get this vibe every now and then, it’s better to have a good talk with your child. While many will over rule this as over-worrying, which is right in most cases, it might also be a warning sign that your child is going through some turbulence in their life. It’s always better to make your child feel welcome to discuss their issues with you, because prevention is always better than cure.
SOLUTION- Make necessary changes to your lifestyle and start eating well. Talk to your kids if you think something might be the problem, but never force them into sharing details if they aren’t ready. Finally, you can also start performing meditations and indulge in other calming activities to tune down the negative emotions.
Losing a child
Now the thought of losing a child is utterly devastating. And even though something like that might not have happened in reality, dreaming about the same comes with no good interpretations. Generally having such a dream means that you have completely been overloaded and stretched with your limits. This might have resulted due to high workload in professional life or stressful situations in personal surroundings.
The same also represents an unpleasant change that although might have passed has filled you with regret regarding the same. You might have felt as if it had potential, but something changed and you had to leave it. In this kind of dream the child means the thing or situation that you were attached to, and death refers to its end.
SOLUTION- Take time trying to realise what’s causing this influx of negative dreams. And if possible you can retry working for the thing that you couldn’t complete earlier. Consulting with a professional is also helpful as they can help you resolve these animosities and hence make peace with your present self.
Is there anything I can do to stop these recurring nightmares?
Well, Yes!!! Just like we said earlier, understanding the cause and acting according to it is the best solution for any kind of nightmare that you might be having. Apart from that you can also try out these steps for a higher chance at full recovery.
- Setting a regular sleep schedule and getting enough sleep
- Completely avoiding caffeinated drinks, alcohol or cigarettes during the later part of the day
- Maintaining a healthy lifestyle and cutting down on unhealthy junk food
- Performing meditation and calming exercises on a regular basis
- Talking about the nightmares or writing down whatever you remember and read them out loud
- Avoid watching scary, thrilling or suspenseful shows especially related to small kids late night
- Sleeping in extremely cold or heated environment
- Not respecting your past trauma and seeking advice when required
“Dreams often reveal feelings that we’ve hidden or repressed, because dreams are a reflection of our unconscious mind, our emotional truth.”
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