by Amy Rice

Cinderella would tell you, “A dream is a wish your heart makes when you’re fast asleep.” To any five-year-old who is dreaming about getting the latest Barbie doll or Monster Truck Wheels, this may be true. But, as you get older, dreams tend to get more complicated, and when a dream is recurring, it might be trying to tell you something.

Here are some common recurring dreams that you should listen to:

1. Feeling Trapped

Do you have dreams about feeling trapped in a room or a box? This probably means that you are feeling trapped by an aspect of your life, whether it is in a relationship, a job, or a bad habit. Consider analyzing the current status of commitments you made in your life. Do any of them make you unhappy or stressed out? If so, try giving that part of your life a short break and see if your dreams decease.

2. Lost

Chances are, if you find yourself often getting lost in your dreams, you are probably lost in reality too. Maybe you aren’t sure what career path is best for you, whether to date a certain someone, or where you want to move after graduation. No matter what it is, confide in someone you can trust to talk out your thoughts. Working through your problems verbally is an effective way to sort out your inner turmoil.

3. Falling

Having recurring dreams that you are falling means one thing: you have lost control over your life. You may feel you’re being pulled in a million different directions, and travelling just slightly down each path. You need to center yourself. Try making a list of priorities to keep from getting distracted. Also, don’t be afraid to say no. You can’t be in two places at once, so don’t make too many commitments in too short of a time period.

4. Being Chased

Are you trying to avoid someone or something? Maybe you are procrastinating on completing a big or intimidating assignment? That is why you are feeling like you are being chased. The best way to stop having the constant anxiety that comes with putting things off is to just face them. Big assignment? Start slowly. Even making a little headway will ease your worries and may even inspire you to work harder.

5. Teeth Falling Out

If you are having dreams about losing your teeth, it probably isn’t because you have poor dental hygiene, but you let a big secret, rumor, or insult slip that you knew shouldn’t have passed your lips. The guilt is now affecting your sleep. The best way to feel better about the situation is to come clean. Although you may not want to admit you were wrong, telling the truth is always a huge relief and your dreams will most likely stop, and you’ll get your teeth back. Although the buzzing of the alarm clock tends to wipe our minds of any fantasy we dream of during the night, taking a moment to write down, or re-think your dreams may reveal something about yourself that you haven’t noticed just yet.