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Dizziness and stress: Symptoms and Causes

Uppdaterat: 1 juli 2023

Overview Dizziness, a common symptom of stress, can be experienced in various ways. It can feel like the surroundings are spinning or like you yourself are spinning. Dizziness can also manifest as a sense of instability or feeling faint. Dizziness occurs when the brain perceives an imbalance between the visual, vestibular (motion sensing), and proprioceptive (body position sensing) systems. Causes

Stress-related dizziness is often caused by increased tension in the neck and shoulders, which can lead to reduced blood flow to the brain. Stress can also affect blood pressure, which in turn can impact circulation in the brain and cause dizziness. Breathing patterns can also be affected by stress, leading to hyperventilation and dizziness. Dizziness can also arise as a response to stress-related anxiety or panic attacks.

It is important to seek help if dizziness is persistent or worsening, as it may be a sign of an underlying condition. To alleviate stress-related dizziness, one can try to relax and reduce tension in the neck and shoulders through relaxation exercises, yoga, or massage. Regular exercise and breathing exercises can also help reduce stress and thereby alleviate dizziness.

What can I do in the short term to alleviate dizziness?

  1. Sit down or lean against something sturdy to stabilize your body and prevent the risk of falling during dizziness.

  2. Focus on your breathing, take deep and calm breaths to help regulate your body and reduce dizziness.

  3. Drink water and avoid dehydration, as it can affect blood pressure and cause dizziness.

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