Welcome to one of the most alarming sensations of anxiety that many people experience on a daily basis. Light-headedness, dizziness, call this incredibly vulnerable feeling what you’d like. This sensation has one very common cause though, and that is over-breathing and increased respiration.
The dizziness symptom of anxiety shows up when the nervous system believes a threat exists in your environment now, or will in the future.
During my professional tennis playing days I experienced this very worrying symptom of anxiety daily. This was due to the pressure I put on myself to perform during tennis matches. Worst thing about this is that your subconscious mind remembers the times leading up to the sensation of dizziness and hyperventilation. So whenever I was about to play another tennis match, you guessed it, I got incredibly light-headed and dizzy.
Never Worry About Fainting Through This Symptom Of Anxiety Though. Your Blood Pressure Rises During Anxiety, Which Means More Blood To the Brain. People That Faint Do So Due To LOW Blood Pressure.
Since anxiety disorders are often seen only as ‘mental illnesses,’ people who have them often don’t realize that the things that they are experiencing physically might be related.
Sure we all know about what happens during an anxiety attack, such as rapid heart rate, sweating and nausea, but there are other symptoms as well that we need to deal with. They also don’t always happen only when an anxiety attack occurs.
The thing with anxiety disorders, is you’re constantly dealing with a certain level of anxiety. It may not be bad enough to cause you to start hyperventilating but that doesn’t mean that you get away scot free. Lots of people experience depersonalization, dizziness and unsteadiness because of anxiety.
This can only cause more anxiety and be very disorientating. It usually is only a periodic thing, and will pass, but during the dizzy spells you’re not always sure what’s going to happen next. At this point in your journey it’s important to pinpoint the reasons for anxiety so you can take care of this sensitivity at the root.
Usually a dizziness symptom of anxiety like this is your body’s way of telling you what’s going wrong, but that doesn’t mean that it’s easy to decipher. The best way that I have discovered is to write down when you have these dizzy spells, and everything that was happening at the same time. This way here you can hopefully prevent them from happening.
The same goes for blurred vision and double vision. This is something that almost no one talks about when it come to anxiety.
If you are having a hard time dealing with this dizziness symptom of anxiety, and all physical causes have been ruled out, there are ways to overcome this naturally. One of those ways is to sit and do your deep breathing exercises with a guide through an mp3 for example, or through meditation for anxiety videos such as this one on YouTube.
Try doing these sessions with your eyes closed so that the dizziness symptom of anxiety doesn’t make you nauseous. I recommend either taking each breath and counting to 5 during inhaling and exhaling, or trying to trace a mental box with each breath (square breathing). It helps to slow down your breathing to prevent an anxiety attack while you are having the symptoms.
Another way of dealing with this symptom in the moment is laying down.
It’s important to keep in mind that you aren’t alone in experiencing these symptoms. Many other people who experience high levels of anxiety do as well. What you need to do is first, rule out all other things that can be causing them, and then figure out the best way you can to get through them. You can overcome them, and you can work through all of the symptoms.
Does the dizziness symptom of anxiety exist in your everyday life? Share your experiences in the comment section below.