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Some tips for everyday life

Keep active

You should not try to prevent episodes of dizziness by becoming inactive and avoiding doing the things that might cause them. It might be tempting to avoid moving around as normal to prevent feeling dizzy but this can lead to you not engaging in your usual everyday activities. You might even start avoiding being out and about to the extent that you withdraw from your usual social activities.

Unfortunately, this inactivity means that your brain is not exposed to the mismatching signals coming from the two balance systems in your inner ears and prevents the process of vestibular compensation. Without the vestibular compensation process your dizziness will not go away. In turn, this can lead to depression, anxiety, increased inactivity, and more dizziness problems.

Try to participate fully and actively in your rehabilitation programme and have faith in the recovery process. You should do your vestibular rehabilitation exercises regularly and take part in physical activities and sports. Ball games requiring eye-head-body co-ordination are ideal. Exercises such as Tai Chi have been shown to improve balance.

Initially, just going for walks might be enough physical exercise to help the process of vestibular compensation. (Cycling and swimming are probably less effective in helping vestibular compensation but are worth trying if they are your preferred form of exercise.)

Don’t suffer in silence

Try not to keep how you are feeling to yourself. Don’t suffer in silence. Talk to your friends and family. Sharing your concerns and talking things through with them can be really helpful.

Dizziness and balance problems are more common than people often think. You could well find that your friends and family have experienced dizziness themselves, or know someone who has.

Most of them will have experienced a good recovery and talking to them can help you stay positive about your situation.

Keep a diary

Keeping a diary of your dizziness and balance problems can be a useful way to record when and where you experience dizziness and to track any changes in your condition.

Take the diary to your medical appointments. The more information you are able to give your GP or specialist, the better able they are to help you.

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