It’s Dan 🙂 and I wanna share with you my experience with tinnitus and stress, because a lot of people ask me about it and I can’t cover everything on YouTube, so here we go. The big issue with stress is that it can wear you out, when you’re worn out, problems like tinnitus will become worse than they actually are. Instead of you being able to objectively look at tinnitus and think “oh it’s just a harmless sound.” Under the influence of stress, you would be much more tempted to think to yourself “oh my god! Not this again, I can’t believe I have to live with this.” That can spiral out of control in what I call the tinnitus loop or tinnitus trap.
This was 1000% true for my situation, I thought I had problems until insomnia came to town. Then on top of tinnitus, I couldn’t sleep… It made all of my minor problems 10 times worse. I tell all of the people in my program to try and eliminate as much stress as possible, I understand this is very hard, we live in an over worked and underpaid culture. Getting enough rest and doing things to eliminate stress can seem impossible sometimes. But it’s all small habits that if done daily, can reduce stress over time. Here is just a list of things that I do to eliminate stress.
1. Regular exercise
2. Getting out in nature
3. Eliminate sugar
4. Scream therapy (go in the woods, scream and cry)
5. Exposure therapy (expose yourself to your fears
6. Cold water exposure (this is a miracle, if you can handle the stress)
7. Hot yoga
In general, when someone suffers from tinnitus the body feels as if it is being attacked at all times. So, the effects are never-ending and the body ultimately responds in a physical way with additional problems like insomnia, anxiety, and even depression. Once these responses occur they only serve to intensify the tinnitus, which is just a violent circle. Because of this it is incredibly important for sufferers to find a way to relax and keep their symptoms at bay (as much as possible) instead of stressing out and exacerbating them. Of course, this is much easier to say than to actually implement. But, nevertheless, it is very important to make an effort to achieve. Sufferers of tinnitus know this very well and try their best not to stress out because the ringing in their ears only gets worse.
It is unfortunate that tinnitus makes individuals stress out over their symptoms and then their stressing only causes their symptoms to worsen. Fortunately, for individuals with tinnitus there are ways to get stress under control before it gets out of hand and causes the individual worse ringing in their ears. One example of a way to reduce stress is to simply exercise. It has been proven that exercise really helps individuals relax, forget about what ís bothering them, and simply enjoy life. Those with tinnitus should exercise every single day in order to relax, forget about their ringing ears for just a bit, and hopefully relax enough to keep the symptoms from getting too bad.
I break down my entire story about how I was so stressed out, I went to the mental hospital for a psych evaluation after 5 days of no sleep, it was all caused by loud tinnitus. The story is a little too personal for YouTube, that’s why I decided to host it on my own site, I go in depth about how I overcame such a horrible situation and went on to live an incredible life. Watching this story will inspire you, I can promise you that, because it inspires me just thinking about how far I’ve come since then. Take 45 minutes and go check out that story by clicking the link below, I put it in webinar formate, its completely FREE and I have gotten incredible feedback from it. Talk soon.