Trauma Dream First Aid Kit
💖🌈 Trauma Dream First Aid Kit 🌈💖🚑
By Miss Annie Hex
There is nothing worse than waking up exhausted and out of breath from a trauma dream. I’ve always described mine as transporting into another reality- another world. I have the most vivid dreams that I actually wake up remembering every detail- a blessing and a curse. A blessing because I write about my dreams in my poetry all the time. They bring forth the most profound and kickass metaphors. But they’re a curse because they can be horrifying and they can feel like they actually happened. In trauma dreams, reality for me is only slightly skewed and everything is hyper realistic. You can wake up crying or in a panic. In a sweat or in terror. Oh the joys of Complex Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
As an artist & a sexual trauma survivor myself, I needed to make a comfort kit.
A first aid kit. Something you can keep at your bedside, reach for and refill with all the things to comfort and soothe your heart and soul for when you wake up from a trauma dream. The idea is that as you use items in the kit- you’ll refill it with things that bring you a whole lot of joy, love, comfort and goodness.
Because you truly deserve it, my friend!
They’re intentionally packed in bright, neon bags to invoke joy instead of packed in actual first aid kits because how many of us, as trauma survivors, also have medical trauma? We don’t need to think of hospitals when we reach out for self care. We need to think of the vivid happy moments in our lives where we loved in ways that made us feel free. The ones that restored this sense of safety in our bodies. As survivors we need more of those. Our healing is in creating more of these.
The idea is that with these beautiful kits you can buy one & gift one. The trauma kits gifted to survivors in need will be directly donated to the shelter at Mutual Ground in Aurora, IL or gifted to other local survivors in need!
Repeat to yourself, “It was just a dream, but my trauma is valid. I deserve healing, nourishment and self care. It’s okay to rest. It’s okay to be “selfish” and take care of myself. I release my bad dreams into the universe. I let the rage and the violence trauma put in my body, tessellate and be free.
What’s inside: 💌
💖 Pop Rocks to wake you up and give you the physical sensation of being out of your dream. Let them remind you of a happy time at the arcade when you were a kid and let them remind you that you are in a safe place! Your room is safe, love!
💖 Cinnamon Gum to wake you up and bring you back into your body.
💖 A Dreamy Sleep Sachet of Lavender: Tuck this into your pillowcase for sweet, soft dreams & calming descents into dreamland
💖 A Dream Journal to write down and 0record your trauma dreams so that
you can separate yourself from them and compassionately dissect their meaning!
💖 A Pack of Catalyst Bath Salts to soak your feet in warm water in the bathtub with. Let them help you come back into your body in these rough times. Remember, you have a beautiful heart + deserve all the comfort right now. 🌈🦄
💖 Funky Pencils to write with. Write your dream down in your dream journal. Write it uncensored. Then go back and erase the parts that you don’t want to remember. Energetically let the scary parts of the dream go. You can imagine your dream and everything it triggered going up into the stars to purify and leave your body. You can imagine the stars burning away the trauma dream in all their light, it evaporating and leaving your body feeling lighter.
💖 Two of Annie’s Favorite Herbal Tea Bags to brew when you can’t sleep.
💖 Pieces of Grandma Hard Candy to channel a loving grandma energy. Suck on it and lull yourself back to sleep the way a kind-hearted granny would.
💖 Bubbles to calm you throughout your day. When you need a happy little distraction, blow bubbles + giggle like you did when you were a child.
💖Hot Chocolate to remind you of winter mornings and snow days. Make some with real milk (oat, dairy or otherwise) when you need the extra comfort.
💖 A Lemon Lavender Purple Tea Light Candle to soothe you. I associate lemons with sexuality. If you have any trauma around your sexuality / gender,
you can imagine the lemons reinvigorating you in your sexuality with all it’s magic. You can smell the lavender & let it soothe you into your full authenticity!
💖 Play dough to squeeze when you need a hand to hold after a bad dream.
💖 A Pep Talk just for you my survivor friend! Tape it by your bed for words of comfort & affirmation when you wake up scared & need extra loving words.
DM @annie.hex on insta if you need extra love in your recovery process.
She is here for you and stands with you. 💖💖💖