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Why NIGHTMARES don’t matter

Updated: Jul 17, 2022

A Nightmare Scenario

Have you ever had a nightmare?

Waking up in the middle of the night, thoughts are racing through your head.

You sit up straight, eyes wide open. Staring ahead, trying to breath. You feel scared, anxious, worried.

Your body is experiencing a physical reaction to the mental stimulus. These reactions may include:

· Heart pounding

· Pulse racing

· Sweating

· Goosebumps

· Adrenaline is pumping through your body

The Fight or Flight response has been activated and is in full danger mode.

But wait a minute. You suddenly realise something

It was just a nightmare after all.

It seemed so real, but it was all happening in my head.

Phew. The body starts to settle down as you come to understand what has happened. It was just responding to thoughts.

Those feelings of being scared, anxious and worried, those physical reactions were not a response to the event, because the event didn’t exist in ‘real life’.

They were a response to THOUGHTS.

What if that was all that was ever happening? What if we suddenly realised that all we were ever feeling was a response to thought, and NOT the outside world.

Wouldn’t that be a game changer?

Martyn Dawes is a Coach, Social Care Consultant, and Author of The Overwhelmed Manager: What To Do When You Don’t Know What To Do

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