Stress and Your Dizziness

It is the most wonderful stressful time of the year.  And with all that added stress, your dizziness and nauseousness might be more pronounced.  But why is that?

Multitasking

One reason you may feel your symptoms more intensely is due to your body’s inability to multitask.  When you are stressed, your body is using most of it’s energy in processing and dealing with the added stressors.  It is unable to allocate enough energy to cope with the faulty balance signals causing you to feel more symptomatic.

Fight or Flight

Another reason you notice an increase in symptoms is due to the fight or fight response.  Even in a healthy person, increase in symptoms can cause an increase feeling of nausea and dizziness.  During a stressful event your body’s autonomic system increases your heart rate and makes you breath faster.  This natural response makes a person who is already symptomatic notice their symptoms more intensely than when they are stress free.

Stressed? Now What?

Find ways that help you unwind.  Go for a walk, listen to music, meditate.  These are just a few examples on ways you can try to decrease your stress.  What do you do to relax?

The National Dizzy and Balance Center is a multidisciplinary facility specializing in diagnosing and treating people with dizziness, vertigo, balance disorders and concussions. We are located in Edina, Blaine, Woodbury, and Burnsville.  Call to schedule your appointment today, 952-345-3000.