Dreaming about drowning can be very frightening indeed. You may be feeling panic or nervousness in your dream, and wake up still feeling a bit anxious about it.
It could get disconcerting. But don’t worry too much as it is still just a dream. You can get your bearings and then find out what your dream could mean for you, and what it is saying about your waking life.
Table of Contents
- What does drowning represent in a dream?
- Common Situations in Which You Dream about Drowning
- Drowning via tsunami
- Seeing someone else drown
- Drowning in a small body of water – such as a pale, a tub, or a pool
- Dream of drowning from a boat sinking
- Dream of drowning in quicksand or mud
- Dream of a child drowning
- Dream of a dog drowning
- Dream of a cat drowning
- Dream about driving into a body of water
- Dream about drowning in something edible – such as milk, or chocolate, or coffee
What does drowning represent in a dream?
Drowning can mean a lot of different things – and can talk about your overwhelming emotions. There are varied interpretations and symbolisms for drowning in a dream.
Symbolic of helplessness
There may be feelings of helplessness present in your waking life. You may find yourself in a situation where you don’t really know what to do, or where and how to get help. This may leave you feeling helpless and desperate for relief.
Symbolic of feeling overwhelmed
Maybe there are so many things that are happening right now, that you don’t really know where to start and how to deal with them.
That may be the reason why you are dreaming of drowning – it’s as if there’s an ocean of things to do, or problems that need to be solved, and you don’t know where to start.
Symbolic of feeling depressed
There may be feelings of depression apparent in your waking life. There may be intense sorrow or grief, and that is one possibility of dreaming about drowning.
Symbolic of too much thought
You may be filling your mind with too much thought during the day. It may be too busy and packed, and there is barely enough time for meditation.
This is one possible explanation for your dream about drowning – too many factors coming into play and you are finding it hard to see the light.
Symbolic of overpowering emotion
Water usually connotes emotions. When there is too much water in your dream, or when you are overpowered by water in your dream, it may mean that in your waking life, you are being overpowered by your emotions as well.
This may be a sign to take a step back and get a pause from what you are dealing with. Seeking relief is always good, and remember to take only what you can handle.
Symbolic of needing help
You may be needing help in your waking life but are finding it hard to do so. There may be things that are hindering you for asking for it.
You may naturally be a timid person, and it scares you to register that you need assistance. Your dream about drowning is an indication that you are taking on too much – maybe more than what you can realistically handle.
It’s a wake-up call to ask for help – and remember that there are those who are more than willing to help you with whatever it is that you are facing, and take you out of your despair.
Symbolic of repressed emotions
There may be things that you are hiding – things you feel ashamed of, things that you’d rather not talk about but are eating you up inside. Maybe you are repressing some things and that is the reason why you are dreaming of drowning.
There may be more constructive ways of dealing with your issues and feelings. And remember that there are always people around whom you can trust, and who love you very much.
Symbolic of feeling rushed or taking on too much
Maybe in your waking life, things are going along on too much of a fast pace that you are already finding it hard to catch up. In fact, you may be feeling left behind and are making yourself feel so shameful in the process.
That’s really an unnecessary thing to do. This dream is telling you that you should just chill out and give yourself a break – and that you should respect your pace as well as everyone else’s.
There is nothing more important than being true to yourself and what you know you can handle.
Common Situations in Which You Dream about Drowning
Drowning via tsunami
This dream is a symbolism of the overwhelming emotions you may be feeling in your life right now. Maybe it is too much and you really need to take a break from all that.
Seeing someone else drown
You may have some powerful feelings about the person that is drowning in your dream. There may be repressed issues that you are hesitant to bring up and deal with. That is a possible reason for why you may see them drowning in your dream.
Drowning in a small body of water – such as a pale, a tub, or a pool
This dream may signify some questionable financial choices that you have made recently. This may indicate that you have been a bit irresponsible with your spending and may regret them soon, or are already experiencing regret about them.
Dream of drowning from a boat sinking
This dream may mean that you have some people around you that you don’t particularly trust. What is causing this anxiety? What makes you not trust these people?
It may be good to reassess your emotions about them and know what is causing the distrust or the lack of faith in them.
If it is founded, then you should probably take more concrete steps towards relieving yourself of the relationship.
But if you feel it has more to do with you than with them, then you can constructively work on trusting them more so that you get to have a more fruitful and enjoyable relationship with them.
Dream of drowning in quicksand or mud
This dream may signify a certain type of guilt that you are carrying. Maybe you are involved in an unethical practice that is making you feel guilty or unworthy.
Maybe there is something morally questionable about what you are doing. Whatever it is – it is bothering you subconsciously and is making you feel uneasy about yourself.
Dream of a child drowning
This dream may signify that you have taken on too much in your day to day responsibilities – and that you cannot handle them reasonably anymore.
It is important that you go back to your inner child and connect with what makes you truly happy and fulfilled – so you can start saying no to things that just fill up your days but don’t really give much meaning or enjoyment to them.
Dream of a dog drowning
There may be a responsibility that you have failed to fulfill, something that you were entrusted to handle but didn’t get to.
This dream may be a reminder to give that thing more attention, and show more care and concern towards it – whether it be another person, an animal, or a project at work.
Dream of a cat drowning
This dream may be related to your feelings of individuality or femininity. You may be feeling as if you are losing autonomy in your work or in your other personal relationships.
It could also signify that you are thirsting for more individuality or creative expression in your life – and you wish there were more avenues to enact this.
Dream about driving into a body of water
If in your dream, you are in a car or a motorcycle or some other vehicle, and you drive straight past the physical barriers and find yourself falling into a body of water – this may mean that there is too much outside pressure and you are feeling out of control.
You want to get rid of the demanding nature of your work or your relationships, but you are finding it hard to figure out how to do this constructively.
You want out, but instead, you are self-destructing. This dream is telling you that you can find a way to get out of your situation without being harmful to yourself.
Take your time and take a break if you need to. It’s not worth it to feel overwhelmed every day and not give yourself ample time to recuperate. You owe it to yourself.
Dream about drowning in something edible – such as milk, or chocolate, or coffee
This may be a strange dream – these things you are drowning in are quite pleasant things. But it may also indicate that you are overly indulging in something in your waking life. Either that, or you are giving yourself a break, and you are already feeling guilty about it.
This dream is telling you to find some balance in your life. There is no need to overindulge, but at the same time, you should also give yourself enough room to enjoy life and find the things that make you happy.
This is your birthright and your obligation – no matter what you were made to believe by your childhood or your conditioning. Remember that feeding your own happiness is the best way to be of service to others.
Dreams about drowning may hold many different interpretations. In order to be more accurate about the meaning it holds for you, be as specific about your dream as possible, and see which symbolism applies the most aptly.
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