Psychogenic Dizziness

Supportive Management

  • Have a restful, regular sleep. Sleep for 7-8 hours every night in a dark room, as melatonin – a powerful anti-oxidant that promotes healing through boosting the immune function – are found to be produced in higher amounts when sleeping in darkness. If sleeping in a dark room is not possible, wear an eye patch instead.
  • Be physically active. Take part in your favorite sport or physical activities. Even brisk walking is a good exercise. Do brisk walking at least 30 minutes a day and 5 times a week.
  • Take breaks from stressful situations.
  • Learn to say no. Acknowledge own limits.
  • Schedule time for hobbies and other enjoyable recreational activities.
  • Keep a journal and express innermost thoughts and feelings.
  • Spend time with loved ones.
  • Let go of grudges. Learn to forgive.
  • Express gratitude.
  • Perform relaxation exercises (e.g. deep breathing, music therapy, meditation).
    • Perform deep-breathing exercises.
      • Find a quiet and comfortable place where you can be alone with yourself.
      • Sit upright in bed or chair, and find a comfortable position.
      • Place one or both hands over the abdomen, just below the ribs.
      • Deeply breathe in through the nose, while keeping mouth closed. Breathe in for a count of four.
      • Feel the abdomen rise with each inhalation, and as far as possible.
      • Through a pursed-lip, breathe out. Breathe out for a count of seven.
      • Feel the abdomen sink with each exhalation.
      • Perform deep-breathing exercises for 5-10 minutes at a time, and as many times each day.
    • Engage in music therapy.
      • Choose a soothing, therapeutic song. Research findings indicate that music with slower tempo (60 beats per minute) induces a calming, relaxing effect. Sounds of nature (drops of rain, flowing waterfalls) are also relaxing. But the best relaxation music ultimately depends on each person’s preference – whichever music one finds relaxing (albeit upbeat or moderately loud) – may be used for music therapy.
      • Relax before and during the music therapy by performing deep breathing exercises (see instructions above).
      • Listen actively to the music. Feel the music. Focus your mind on the music, get lost in it – listen to every beat and every silence in between. Let the music’s mood influence yours.
    • Engage in meditation.

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Consult doctor

  • If you are having thoughts of harming self or others.
  • If anxiety and stress are interfering with normal activities of daily living.