“I really enjoy increased stress,” said no one, ever. As you might expect, being anxious and stressed out rarely improves your situation in life, especially when battling a crippling physical disorder like tinnitus. Keep reading to learn from some health pros about how anxiety and stress affect tinnitus symptoms and what strategies they recommend to feel more comfortable.
Dr. Edna Skopljak
Increases Your Awareness of Annoying Sounds; Relaxation Techniques, Therapy
Stress and anxiety can worsen tinnitus by increasing your awareness of the ringing or buzzing sounds. This can cause muscle tension that affects blood flow to the ears, disrupts sleep patterns, and makes you more hypersensitive to the sounds. Negative thought patterns can also amplify distress.
To handle stress and anxiety related to tinnitus you can try:
Relaxation Techniques — Try deep breathing, progressive muscle relaxation, or mindfulness meditation to reduce overall stress.
Therapy — Consider cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) to change negative thought patterns and manage anxiety.
Exercise — Engage in regular physical activity to reduce stress levels and promote better sleep.
Sound Therapy — Use white noise or calming sounds to mask tinnitus and make it less bothersome.
These strategies can help you manage the impact of stress and anxiety on your tinnitus and improve your overall quality of life.
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