If you’re walking down Lagoon Greenway and suddenly you’re feeling off-balance, unsure of your footing or that the world around you is spinning, you might start to feel panicked. Unfortunately, this is the reality for the more than 90 million adults who have experienced dizziness or a balance problem. In this post, we review the link between balance disorders and anxiety.
It’s a Vicious Cycle
According to a 2017 study, “50 percent of patients with vestibular disorders may develop anxiety, depression or panic disorders.” Another study from 2015 expresses, “Anxiety will compromise attentional resources required for complex locomotor tasks,” such as balance.
What this information shows is that, not only do balance problems cause anxiety, but anxiety can contribute to balance problems. In other words, you can get caught in a vicious cycle.
Tips for Managing Anxiety
There is good news: There are many options available for managing anxiety caused by balance problems.
Therapy is a useful tool for helping you learn to cope with anxiety, no matter what the cause is. It works by addressing underlying issues and teaching you coping skills to deal with them. There are many therapists and therapeutic styles out there, so make sure you find a combination that works well for you.
Some people greatly benefit from anxiety medications. Talk to your primary care physician to discuss whether they would be beneficial for helping you manage anxiety symptoms.
Exercise is well-known for being good for both your physical and your mental health. Even something as simple as talking a walk releases anti-stress, feel-good chemicals like endorphins and dopamine in the brain. If you have anxiety that you’ll fall while working out at the gym, try machines with handles like stationary bikes, treadmills and ellipticals, or practice yoga or tai chi.
Tips for Managing Balance Problems
Perhaps the best way to help get your anxiety under control is to have your balance disorder diagnosed and treated. A balance expert at Aaron's Hearing Aid & Audiology Center can do just that, helping improve your quality of life.
To learn more or to schedule an appointment, call Aaron's Hearing Aid & Audiology Center today.