Here’s What Your Lightheadedness Could Mean

One of the feelings I absolutely hate the most has got to be the feeling of being lightheaded. I’m not sure why, but there’s something about the unsettling nature of feeling like you’re reeling or floating that really freaks me out. Fortunately, I don’t experience it too often, but when I do, I always feel myself start to panic a little bit. After my last little episode, I decided to do some research on the matter so I could not only feel more prepared to deal with it if it happens again, but maybe I could learn how to prevent it from ever occurring in the first place.

When I came across a post by Health Line about lightheadedness, I was overwhelmed with information – but I consider that a good thing. I learned that there are actually quite a few different causes of dizziness and lightheadedness. Some of these reasons can be easily treated and are quite preventable, but some of them may be a bit more serious and may require the advice of a licensed healthcare provider for further steps on treatment.

I’m pretty sure that in my case, I get lightheaded as a result of high anxiety. Unfortunately, I’m no stranger to stress and panic attacks, and I know that many people deal with this same issue. Often during a panic attack, we tend to start breathing rapidly, or hyperventilating, without necessarily even realizing it. When this happens, we are getting an overload of oxygen, which is what causes a lightheaded feeling to occur. Ironically enough, in the throes of a panic attack when all logic has been thrown out the window, many of us start panicking even more when the lightheadedness sets in, which just makes everything even worse.

What’s the best way to deal with this? It’s important to practice stress relief every day in order to prevent panic attacks from occurring. Meditation, yoga, and regular exercise are all helpful at banishing stress. If you’re in the midst of an attack, try placing both hands in front of your nose and mouth,like a mask, in order to reduce the amount of oxygen you get. This will automatically reduce your breathing rates.

Lightheadedness can also be caused by physical reactions to allergies, viruses, alcohol, or tobacco use. If you find a correlation between feeling dizzy and excess amounts of alcohol or tobacco consumption, it may be the kick in the pants you need to cut back on, or quit, the habit.

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