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After I’ve been stressed to the max and am starting to feel better, I often dream that I go back to my old high school and can't get out. At first I’m accompanied by different people (my husband, a friend), but eventually they go off and I can't find them or find my way out.
It makes sense that this dream would materialize once your stress levels start to wane. Stress often keeps us from remembering our dreams; once we’re feeling less anxious, the soul can come through loud and clear with its message.
Recurring dreams about adolescence are typical, especially when we feel overwhelmed or anxious. After all, adolescence is when we try on different personas to see how we can fit ourselves into the world -- and to a teen, high school is the world. And, of course, teenagers are here not only to rebel, but also to make mistakes. Mistakes are how they learn about life. These are the experiences they need to grow. Most teens have tremendous self-confidence issues because they’re trying to form their identity at the same time that their bodies are developing and their emotions are all over the place.
So unless you were pretty confident during high school and thought it was the best time of your life, it’s easy to see how stress can leave you feeling like you did back then. The “you” in the dream is your ego, your conscious state of knowing who you are at any given moment. You feel imprisoned in a state of not really knowing what you’re doing or who you are. Think about the friends you meet in the dream and try to articulate something about their personality and behaviors. This person is a shadow figure (a part of you that you don’t recognize about yourself) who’s there with you, starting trouble, calming things down, feeling blue, etc. But in the end, you always come back to just yourself and feeling imprisoned, because it’s your ego that has to grow to express more of yourself.
To stop these dreams, you have to change the way you handle your life and your work schedule. Try not to get so stressed out. Ask for help. Take some time to calm and center yourself. Don’t revert to who you were in high school. It’s your choice to change your behavior. Your dreams can show you the way.
Good luck and sweet dreams!
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