Help with nightmares, I really need to sleep.

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Eyessoblue

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Re: Help with nightmares, I really need to sleep.
« Reply #15 on: July 09, 2018, 11:51:46 AM »
Hi, yes I Ďdidí suffer terribly but then my therapist suggested taking a pad and pen to bed when I wake up I write them down, i did this for a week, you never read them back tho just screw/tear the paper up once youíve written them down, itís like off loading on to paper and really helped me. Iíve also been told to sit with the emotions instead of pushing them away, this took ages for me to do but itís about grounding yourself and finding a safe place to be, just sit there quietly, let the thoughts come up, if you need to cry then do so or if you need to punch something punch your pillow over and over again. Iím doing lots of inner child work at the moment, my therapist suggested I found a cuddly toy that I could sit and cuddle when I felt upset, I did think I could never do this and it was stupid but once I actually started doing it I could see the benefits and when Iím feeling really sad I sit with that toy cuddling it, it reverts me back to being a child again and all those childhood emotions start to express themselves, itís very powerful and really helpful but youíve totally got to get yourself into that Ďplaceí, but itís made me a lot stronger by being able to release those emotions now.

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Hope67

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Re: Help with nightmares, I really need to sleep.
« Reply #16 on: July 09, 2018, 01:18:35 PM »
Just to say, Eyessoblue, that I found what you wrote here in your reply to be really helpful.  It's great that you're doing all that inner child work at the moment, and that it's helping you.
Hope  :)

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Eyessoblue

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Re: Help with nightmares, I really need to sleep.
« Reply #17 on: July 09, 2018, 03:02:54 PM »
Hi hope, Iím pleased you found this helpful, it did sound really weird when my therapist suggested it and I felt really silly doing so but I made sure I wouldnít be disturbed and really concentrated on the Ďfeelingí which normally I push away. Still got loads to sort out, but I am getting there! Hope youíre ok.