Little kids aren’t the only ones suffering from nightmares. I wonder sometimes if it’s scarier as an adult, because the things keeping me awake at 3 a.m. are more possible than any of the stuff I used to imagine.
The real-life monsters that haunt me: losing my income, losing a loved one, making someone mad, making the wrong decision, and being alone — forever.
Sound familiar? When real-life monsters haunt you, here’s what to remember:
1. “Everything feels worse in the middle of the night.”
That’s what my mom would say when I would whimper beneath the covers in the middle of the night, too scared to move. Hoping she could save me. The moment I heard her rustling across the hall, I would start to feel better.
It’s surprisingly helpful to speak to myself in that same tender voice when my mind is spiraling into worst-case scenarios.
The phrase that works for me