Day to day
Although living with a vestibular disorder can be distressing and sometimes debilitating, most people learn how to manage their symptoms and any associated problems. This page includes some simple tips on how to cope with living with dizziness and imbalance, and the section includes in-depth information on the following subjects:
- Driving and the law
- Coping with vertigo on special occasions
- Vision and vertigo
- Information for family and friends
- Information for employers
- The built environment
Useful tips for coping with vertigo day-to-day
- First thing in the morning, get up slowly and give your senses time to adjust to being upright.
- Plan your day. Start with a short, realistic list which includes time for breaks; it is important to have breaks, especially if you begin to feel tired.
- Stay active as regular exercise is important for maintaining flexibility and strength which can help you balance. Go for a walk; if you don’t feel confident enough to go on your own, ask someone to go with you. Walking helps your circulation, general fitness, as well as building confidence.
- While shopping, take your time. Focus on single items at regular intervals to give your eyes and brain a break, go at your own pace and have frequent stops.
- If you are out shopping or on business, rest when you feel tired; sit quietly for 5-10 minutes.
- If you wear glasses make sure your prescription is up to date and if it isn’t, get it checked.
- Rest before and after any major activity during the day
- Some people find that wearing sunglasses helps relieve eye strain
- Carry medication on you at all times
- At night listen to a relaxation tape or soothing music and use night lights in places you are likely to go during the night, but make sure they don’t flicker. Move furniture out of your path to give yourself a clear route to the bathroom.
A lot of my family never really understood the effects that Ménière’s disease has on normal day to day living. My husband was very supportive and made sure that I had an emergency kit; Buccastem, wipes, towels and a small bucket in the car at all times.”