Anxiety got you lightheaded and dizzy? Do this!
When I start to get anxious I start to sweat, get dizzy, lightheaded and feel like I’m going to pass out. This happened to me less than a year ago when I interviewed for my current position. I had to excuse myself and go to the bathroom to splash my face with water. Luckily my boss was cool and gave me some gum because I got so pale, she thought my blood sugar had crashed (which is a possibility). But you know what? I survived!! I made it through the rest of the interview and got the job.
Unfortunately, this has not been the last time I have had this feeling. Using the tips I’ve listed below has helped me to reduce the duration of the symptoms. It has also given me one less thing to stress about.
If you know your dizziness is caused by stress and anxiety, then it is more than likely from you hyperventilating. When a panic attack strikes, a lot of times your breathing will become more rapid which throws off your oxygen/CO2 balance, therefore causing dizziness.
YOU WILL NOT PASS OUT!
Reassure yourself that you are ok! You know what is causing this dizzy/lightheaded feeling and it will pass. If this is not the first time this has happened to you, then you know you will be fine. Just stay positive and remember you are going to make it because you are good!
LEARN TO BREATHE
When you start to hyperventilate you probably feel like you aren’t getting enough air which makes you try to get more air in quicker. Instead of taking quicker smaller breaths, practice deep breathing that goes all the way to the bottom of your lungs and makes your belly expand. Inhale through your nose slowly and let the oxygen go all the way down to your belly. Then exhale slowly through your mouth. Doing this triggers your relaxation response which calms you down.
Practice letting your muscles relax. When I get stressed I hold a lot of tension in my neck and shoulder., I honestly hardly even notice anymore until I finally relax and feel all that tension drift away. Practicing relaxing your muscles may help to lesson stress and reduce heart rate. Start from your neck and release the tension, then go to your shoulders, chest, arms and all the way down to your toes. You can do this anywhere without anyone knowing. And practicing this even when you are not stressed can help you stay relaxed in a stressful situation.
Meditation is a great way to reduce anxiety and help change the way your brain responds to stress. Meditation can help you learn to create a new thought pattern, helping to push negative thoughts out and not dwell on them. Take a few minutes every day and try meditating. Sit with your eyes closed and just focus on your breathing. If you start to think of something else just let it go and refocus on your breathing. After you learn to clear your mind for a few minutes out of the day, try a guided meditation. There are tons of these on YouTube!
Take these tools and refocus, relax, and just breathe! Learn what technique works best for you and your anxiety and practice it. Anxiety is something that will probably never fully go away but we can learn to ease the effects and make life a little better!
***If dizziness and lightheadedness are new for you talk to your doctor to rule out other causes.