Dreams are incredible. They can be so spontaneous and unpredictable while still being reassuring and clamming. Of course there is also a dark side to dreaming that can be terrifying and sleep destroying. I regularly have all types of dreams, both fantastical and down right petrifying, but I have come to love my dreams and have fond that having just a small understanding about what they could mean, has got a one way to reduce the stress of a nightmare and increase the enjoyment of the bizarre and silly ones.
I have a dream dictionary. It was given to me as a present a long time ago and sat lonely and abandoned on my bookshelf for years. Until one day I realised that, through my exhausting and reoccurring zombie dreams (yes, you heard that right!), perhaps my brain was trying to tell me something! So out came the dream dictionary, and this is what I read:
To dream that you are attacked by zombies indicates that you are feeling overwhelmed by forces beyond your control. You are under tremendous stress in your waking life.
Well, at the time, it came as no surprise and I almost felt silly that I hadn't worked this out for my self! However, dreams can be so over whelming that it can be difficult to accept that they might not be as terrifying as they seem. For me it was almost instant. I stopped having zombie dreams and started focusing on how I could reduce the stress in my life. I have continued to use my dream dictionary since then and have found it has been almost always accurate. Although I wouldn't recommend analysing every dream you have, I do feel that it has been a fantastic way of sorting my regular run of the mill dreams from the ones that are trying to tell me something!
It's important to remember that there are lots of different ways to interpret dreams, so don't dwell on what you read too much. If you can't relate move on, not all dream interpretations will be personal to you. You can find dream dictionaries in book form and on they web, there are even apps! Its a good idea to have a bit of a search before settling on which seems best for you.
If you're stuck with where to start I recommend Dream moods that can also be downloaded as an app. The website provides a detailed dictionary and lots of information about common dreams and interpretations. It also has forums where you can share your own dreams and read about others experiences. the app is a bit different, but provides a dream journal that you can write or record audio. There are also many books you can buy if you'd prefer, most book stores will sell a range, so I'd recommend having a look at some first.
Please don't suffer in silence if you are having recurring nightmares. See your doctor or a councillor if you feel you need further support or advice.
Dreams can tell you a lot about your self and can be exciting and fulfilling. I'd love to hear your dream experiences, so feel free to share!