You can always use new reality checks to see whether you are dreaming or not. Sometimes the same old reality checks stop working in your dreams. While you still do them while dreaming, they lose their bite and don’t promote lucidity. If you feel like your old reality checks aren’t working, here are 6 reality checks to use for the start of 2022.
1. Check When You See Maskless Faces
This is a beautiful reality check in the pandemic because, while most people are wearing masks if it’s mandated, there are always maskless faces around.
For anyone who gets annoyed by people who won’t wear masks, this reality check will help you appreciate them more.
And for anyone who doesn’t wear a mask themselves, this reality check will help you feel a kinship with these people that you may recognize in your dreams.
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2. Unusual Weather
The weather seems to be all over the place lately, doesn’t it? Instead of getting mad when it does something unexpected, use it as a reality check.
For instance, if you live in a place where it’s cold and snowing, and one day it’s above freezing, do a reality check all day as you enjoy the warmth.
In your dreams, you may start to pay attention to the weather more and it will prompt you to do your reality check.
3. People You Never See Anymore
With lockdowns and restrictions in place, there are some people you don’t see often in real life, but you do see them in your dreams.
Make waking life moments where you can see these people, either with a video call or in person, and do your reality checks as often as you can.
You can even do this when talking to them on the phone or through text or even just when checking their social profile. It will help you focus on them and the fact that they are not someone you see often anymore.
Use this enough, and it will probably be a common reality check for you while dreaming.
4. New Goals
Did you make some New Year’s goals this year? Every time you are engaging in a new goal, do a reality check at least once.
The chances are very high that you will be engaging in your new goals, in some way, in your dreams, and you will be more inclined to do your reality checks in your dreams if you take this one on in your waking life.
5. New Hobbies
Again, if you are taking on any new hobbies this year, do reality checks while doing them in your waking life.
For instance, if you are doing a walking challenge, then do a reality check at the start, middle, and end of your walk. Chances are high you will be walking in your dream and do a reality check!
6. What Year Is It?
Numbers play a huge part in our dreams, and it’s often hard to work with them (have you ever tried dialing 911 in your dream?) Usually, we just pass the struggle off as weird or try to work through it.
Take advantage of the new year by doing reality checks every time someone mentions 2022 (or whatever year you read this in). By doing this, you may find yourself doing a reality check while dreaming when someone mentions any kind of number.