Chronic dizziness often causes a sense of anxiety — this is our brain’s way of telling us that it senses something is wrong (even when we are not in danger). Once the feeling of dizziness has passed, the fear that it could happen again may not go away. A vicious cycle may develop where anxiety/fear due to dizziness leads to self-limiting movement, activity or social interaction which then leads to more symptoms and negative emotions. Becoming aware of these emotions and when they occur is an important step in successfully overcoming symptoms of chronic dizziness. Mindfulness and relaxation training are powerful tools in identifying and changing one’s response to anxiety and fear that may impact a person’s daily routine.
Occupational therapy (OT) can help a person learn and apply practical mindfulness and relaxation techniques in everyday situations as well as focus on lifestyle modifications to promote stress management and improve overall well-being. Mindfulness skills learned in OT can help a person to remain focused, grounded and calm when experiencing episodes of dizziness and stop the negative cycle of avoiding or self-limiting daily activities.
Therapists at Engage Therapy in Syracuse NY are experienced in working with people with chronic dizziness and 3PD and can help you return to doing the things you love. Don’t let chronic dizziness prevent you from doing the things you love! Call our office at 315-810-2423 or email us at email@example.com with questions.