Hi. It’s Jenny at AnxietyBoss.com. Our question today is from Joseph in Tampa, Florida. Can stress or anxiety cause dizziness?
There are a number of conditions which are associated with dizziness and some of those which have dizziness as a symptom include among others Meniere’s Disease, migraine, otitis media, labyrinthitis, low blood pressure, hormonal changes, and low blood sugar, among others.
What about stress? Can stress or anxiety cause dizziness? Yes. Feeling lightheaded and dizzy are common symptoms of stress and anxiety as well. And for those who feel as though they’re spinning out of control, the good news is that once they deal with their stress, their nauseating symptoms will disappear.
Stress causes us to hyperventilate or to over breathe and this creates low levels of carbon dioxide in the blood which then cause hyperventilation. Breathing rapidly can make you panic and this leads to dizziness.
Other unpleasant symptoms which accompany the dizzy feeling are chest pain, dry mouth, belching, bloating and palpitations. People who suffer with dizziness fear they will fall, that they will lose their hearing and vision and want to vomit sometimes. They can’t function properly. They feel constantly on guard.
If you don’t identify the cause of your stress and find an effective way to handle your stress then it can eventually lead you to being dysfunctional and this just results in increased stress and anxiety because you then feel like you’re losing touch.
It is most important to have coping mechanisms to manage your stress. Lifestyle changes which include exercise, eliminating alcohol and cigarettes, and eating a nutritious diet will already make you feel better. Suffering isn’t necessary and there are natural herbal and homeopathic remedies which are very effective for treating dizziness.
Learning relaxation techniques such as deep breathing can be effective in helping you to ward off dizziness before it starts.