Can Anxiety Make You Feel Dizzy?

Can Anxiety Make You Feel Dizzy (and what to do about it)

a spinning worldIt’s two sides of a coin. You drank it yesterday and holly molly, you feel so energetic. But the next day, it’s a different story…

…you’ve just finished drinking your favorite coffee and 15 minutes later, you’re feeling dizzy.

Sound familiar?

Sorry, but, I hope you feel much better now.

If so, you know how frustrating and disappointing it can be. You probably wonder can anxiety make you feel dizzy — oh yes, it can…

…keep reading, however because there are a lot more than anxiety that can cause dizziness and by tweaking a few things you could potentially eliminate your dizziness.

Anxiety can cause dizziness and dizziness can pose a threat to your many good dreams.

I want you to imagine what will happen to you if you hit your head on the table while being interviewed for that dream job.

Not good, right?

Well, the worst part is that you may suffer some gruesome damages as a result of the hit, and sorry to say this, but it may also lead to not getting the job.

You are probably wondering if there is a way of getting rid of dizziness? Well keep reeding as this article explains some of the causes behind dixxiness and also what we can do about it.

Alright, let’s do this.


can anxiety make you feel dizzy while standing on a high buildingDizziness is the feeling of being lightheaded, woozy, or unbalanced. It affects the sensory organs, specifically the eyes and ears, so it can sometimes cause fainting.

Dizziness isn’t a disease, but rather a symptom of various disorders.

Common causes of dizziness include a migraine, medications, and alcohol. It can also be caused by a problem in the inner ear, where balance is regulated.

Can anxiety make you feel dizzy ?…

…the following are the possible causes of dizziness:

  • Hyperventilation

Remember the last time your breathing wasn’t the way it should be?

Sorry, but that’s due to anxiety.

I know it didn’t succeed in making you pass out, but it definitely threw off a few important gases in your respiratory system and yes, that was why you felt dizzy and unbalanced – one more thing, hope you were not on a date? 🙂

Hyperventilation is the most common cause of dizziness. It usually occurs during an anxiety or panic attack, but it can occur at any point when you have anxiety.

Hyperventilation is the result of breathing too quickly, but it may also be due to poor breathing methods that are supplying you with too much oxygen.

Hyperventilation throws off your oxygen/CO2 balance, leading to dizziness.

  • Panic

a man panickingPanicking affects your body in various ways. Now, I did not mean to scare you by adding ‘s’ after ways, but that’s just the blatant truth.

Panic attacks, in general, may cause a feeling of dizziness due to the way they affect your body.

Although, the rush of adrenaline isn’t capable of making you feel light-headed if it eventually happens, that lightheadedness may feel like dizziness.

Can anxiety make you feel dizzy? Yes, but some other possible causes of dizziness include:

  • a sudden drop in blood pressureheart
  • muscle disease
  • the decrease in blood volume
  • anxiety disorders
  • anemia (low iron)
  • hypoglycemia (low blood sugar)
  • ear infection

Symptoms of dizziness

…I don’t think this is necessary, or what do you think?

Oh, since you asked ” can anxiety make you feel dizzy ? “, I think I know why you may be interested in the symptoms of dizziness – so that you’ll be able to determine the source of some of these annoying symptoms, right?

People experiencing dizziness may feel vast amount of sensations. Some of which include:

  • lightheadedness or feeling faint;
  • a false sense of spinning;
  • unsteadiness
  • loss of balance;
  • a feeling of floating or swimming;

You may think all these symptoms are general symptoms, but I’ll advise you to seek medical help if you have these symptoms for extended periods.

Dizziness from Anxiety is NOT Dangerous

drinving seat from inside a carGenerally, when anxiety is causing your dizziness, there is little to be concerned about.

If you’re driving you may still want to make your way off the road to make sure you don’t put yourself in a dangerous situation but otherwise, the dizziness does not mean something is wrong with your brain, nor will the dizziness have a long-term effect on your health.

Ways to get rid of Dizziness?

Remember, it’s possible for the dizziness to be the result of anxiety, and it’s also possible for the dizziness to cause anxiety. If your doctor has ruled out any health problems, then the next thing to do is control your anxiety, because only then can you ensure that the dizziness won’t come back.

First, make sure that you’re practicing your breathing. Re-train your body to breathe correctly so that you have fewer hyperventilation episodes. Remember, when you suffer from some anxiety conditions, you can hyperventilate even without anxiety.

a woman breating deeplyStill, the dizziness can be frightening and disruptive. There’s no denying that no one wants to live with dizziness, and dizziness can create a type of health anxiety that makes it harder to control future anxiety symptoms.

Dizziness may also be the trigger that creates a full-blown panic attack, or it may be one of the scariest symptoms that occurs during an anxiety attack.If you’re feeling dizzy right now, try the following:

Breathe Slower and Deeper

Often during anxiety attacks it feel as though you cannot get a full breath. But in truth, the problem is often that you’re trying to breathe too much. It’s known as “over breathing” and it occurs during rapid, shallow breaths. Slow your breathing down, and you’ll be more likely to get the correct balance of air and CO2.

Close Your Eyes

If you can safely close your eyes, try keeping them closed for a while. Dizziness is, in many ways, a vision issue, because when you’re dizzy it’s like the room keeps spinning. With your eyes closed, you shouldn’t be as affected by the dizziness, and should hopefully experience less nausea related to dizziness.

Drink Water

A water bottle and a glass of waterIf you can walk fine, try drinking some water. This is important for those whose dizziness is related to dehydration…

…and it can also be beneficial because the cooling water has a tendency to relax the body.

Focus on a Spot

Many ballet dancers that get dizziness from spinning find that they find a bit of relief if they stare at one spot in the distance. While you may feel some dizziness around you, staring at a spot will help your eyes and mind get back under control.

Rounding Up

And in general, ensure you’re eating healthy, drinking water, exercising, etc.

So in conclusion, can anxiety make you feel dizzy?  Once again – anxiety can cause dizziness that can cause anxiety, in one vicious circle. To prevent both anxiety and dizziness, you need to treat your body as healthy as possible.

By doing that you can you prevent random bouts of dizziness that may cause more health anxiety.

For Anxiety there is much hope

Should you bee in a situation where you really are struggling with anxiety then read our article

Natural ways to deal with anxiety 

…as it is loaded with A LOT of tools and tricks to help you with your anxiety.

Thank you for reading the article ” Can anxiety make you feel dizzy ? ”

-Bob Castle-