Of all the disturbing and often even disgusting nightmares and dreams we often have, the one of an overflowing blocked toilet is among the most distressing ones. Why would your subconscious mind even subject you to something like that? Aren’t there better metaphors for your subconscious to use to make its point?
There probably are but the mere fact that you remember your clogged toilet dream so vividly that you look for online articles to explain it means that your subconscious mind chose its metaphor well.
So, what does a dream about an overflowing toilet mean? Like any other dream, this one too can have multiple different meanings depending on the context, some of the details and scenarios in it, notable aspects of your waking life, and more. To give you an idea as to what to look for, here are the 8 most likely meanings of such a dream.
What does a dream about an overflowing toilet mean?
Dreams of overflowing toilets, dirty bathrooms, an unusable toilet seat cover, and other such predicaments can have different meanings but those are usually in the same vain – your subconscious mind is telling you that you’ve been dealing with something nasty, be it problems at work, negative thoughts, or just that there’ve been too many negative energies around you.
Such issues can seem similar, as in the fact that they are all bad, but differentiating between them is important if you want to find a way to figure out how to fix them. So, let’s go over the main culprits you might want to look at when you wake up after such a dream.
1. There have been a lot of overwhelming things in your life as of late
The most direct and obvious metaphorical meaning of an overflowing dirty toilet in your dream is that you feel your life has been a bit too overwhelming for a while. This can be due to stress at work, at home, or even just general anxiety that’s built up a bit more than usual.
A dream of this type is usually recognizable by our behavior toward the problem in the dream – we tend to freak out, we’re not able to deal with the issue, and we just talk with others about it, hoping they’d fix it for us.
Whether or not you have to do something about that will depend on the situation. However, it’s always noteworthy that your everyday life has gotten so overwhelming that your subconscious mind has started hinting at it with overflowing toilet dreams.
2. Your emotional state hasn’t been all that stable in recent days
A related but different interpretation is that your emotions have been getting the better of you for some time, to the point of your subconscious mind needs to turn your attention to that.
Such emotional disbalance may be related to something overwhelming happening in your daily life or it may be due to something internal. The former case is usually the same as the above point but the latter is usually even more serious. Internal emotional and psychological issues are never fun to deal with but they need to be addressed as soon as possible.
3. You’ve been needing to relieve yourself of some stress but don’t feel able to
There is another meaning of this dream that can often be easier to spot with even just a single detail in the dream being different – a lack of excrement in the toilet. A dream without feces in the toilet bowl but just overflowing water usually includes a scenario of you wanting to relieve yourself in the toilet but not being able to because it’s clogged.
Note that this interpretation can also be true if the water is dirty too – the crucial part is that you’re trying to and can’t relieve yourself. This tends to be a simple metaphor that your emotions are looking for an outlet in your real life but can’t find any. The typical solution here is to look for such an outlet – a therapist or a trusted friend to talk to, or just a stress-relieving hobby.
4. Some mundane things in your life have been needing fixing but you haven’t had the time
A wholly different type of dream of a toilet bowl is one where you’re just annoyed that you need to fix the plumbing in your bathroom or toilet. This dream is quite common for people who’ve been used to having to deal with everyone else’s problems, fix everything themselves, and not having people around them they can trust to delegate things to.
This doesn’t necessarily mean that you’re feeling overwhelmed, overworked, or over-emotional in your daily life, however – often, such a dream comes with a note of annoyance and disappointment rather than anything else.
So, if you’ve recently been disappointed in a partner, spouse, boss, or employee not carrying their weight and leaving extra work for you – a dream of having to fix your toilet can quickly follow.
5. Your life has been a bit too stale and you feel you need a change
The interpretation people ignore way too often is that the overflowing toilet actually represents your feelings that your life has been too stale as of late. This type of dream can be recognized if it included feelings of not just annoyance but boredom, joylessness, and even desperation.
The scenario of this dream can be either that the toilet hasn’t been flushed for ages or that the house’s plumbing is so old – i.e., you’ve been there forever and nothing is changing for the better.
A dream of this type is something you should always self-reflect on properly to figure out what the right course of action is. Maybe it’s time for a breakup with your partner or maybe you just need to look for some new experiences, new opportunities, or another new project.
We can’t tell you which the right choice for you is and we certainly wouldn’t want you to unnecessarily end a relationship that could have been fixed – but this dream speaks of an uncertainty that needs to be addressed in a smart way sooner rather than later.
6. You need to let go of a heavy burden that’s been weighing you down for a while
Pooping also often comes with the association of finally being relieved of a heavy burden. So, a dream of you being confronted with an overflowing toilet while needing to relieve yourself can indicate that something particular has been weighing on your shoulders and you need to deal with it.
This can be past regrets, having to deal with negative people, battling bad behaviors or habits, or lacking clarity and courage to deal with a problem. Anything like that can be interpreted by your subconscious as “a weight on your shoulders” that you need to unburden yourself of.
7. You worry your life’s going down the drain
The most distressing and urgent problem a dream about an overflowing toilet can indicate is that you’ve been suffering from severe depression for some time and you need to deal with it as soon as possible because it’s getting out of hand.
Depressed people very often have the feeling that everything in their life that can go wrong does, everything is spiraling out of control, and their life is going down the shitter. So, having a dream that’s literally about a clogged toilet can be quite normal in these cases.
8. There are some actual physical health concerns behind the dream
Another dream interpretation that can quickly bring your emotional comfort to a halt is that you may just have some intestinal health issues your subconscious mind is warning you about.
If you’ve been giving in to some bad habits as of late and/or you’ve been ignoring some potential symptoms of intestinal problems, a dream of your toilet being a mess can be a message from your subconscious that you need to go see a doctor.
This interpretation is true especially often for people who’ve had such problems before but have failed to fully learn the appropriate lessons from them.
Of course, the opposite can also be true – you have a bit of hypochondria (illness anxiety disorder) and your subconscious is imagining problems that aren’t there. Obviously, we can’t tell you which of the two is it – only a medical professional can do that.
Dreams about your toilet overflowing with poop can be distressing and often outright repulsive. Yet, as strong as the desire to purge such a dream from your mind may be, it’s wise to contemplate it for at least a little bit.
An overflowing toilet dream can tell you a lot about your emotional state, whether you’re overworked or overstressed, or that your subconscious mind urges you to switch things up and try something new. As only you know the exact context of both the dream and your waking life, only you can tell which it is. Hopefully, the tips and pointers above will be enough to help you out.