Feels Like The Floor Is Moving Anxiety Symptoms
Floor moving, dropping, swaying anxiety symptoms description:
- You experience a sudden falling or dropping sensation, as if the floor beneath you just dropped as if in an elevator, yet you are standing or sitting on a firm surface.
- It also might seem like your body just dropped a few feet even though the surface you are lying, sitting or standing on hasn’t moved.
- It also might seem as if the floor beneath you is moving, dropping, or swaying, yet it actually isn’t.
- It also might seem as if you stepped on a soft surface that dropped, when it actually didn’t.
- It can also seem like you are standing or walking on a boat on water because the surface is moving and swaying even though it actually isn’t.
- It can also seem like the surface you are on is moving and making you feel unsteady on your feet.
Feels like the floor is moving anxiety symptom can come and go rarely, occur frequently, or persist indefinitely. For example, you may feel like the floor is moving once in a while and not that often, feel it off and on, or feel it all the time.
Feels like the floor is moving anxiety symptom may precede, accompany, or follow an escalation of other anxiety sensations and symptoms, or occur by itself.
Feels like the floor is moving anxiety symptom can precede, accompany, or follow an episode of nervousness, anxiety, fear, and elevated stress, or occur ‘out of the blue’ and for no apparent reason.
Feels like the floor is moving anxiety symptom can range in intensity from slight, to moderate, to severe. It can also come in waves, where it’s strong one moment and eases off the next.
Feels like the floor is moving anxiety symptom can change from day to day, and/or from moment to moment.
All of the above combinations and variations are common.
What causes the feels like floor is moving symptom?
Behaving anxiously activates the stress response. The stress response immediately causes specific physiological, psychological, and emotional changes that enhance the body's ability to deal with a threat - to either fight with or flee from it - which is the reason the stress response is often referred to as the fight or flight response.
Part of the stress response changes include stimulating the nervous system, since stress hormones are stimulants, and heightening our senses so that we are more aware of and reactive to our environment. Again, these changes are designed to improve our chances of survival when in real danger.
When stress responses occur infrequently, the body can recover relatively quickly from the physiological, psychological, and emotional changes the stress response brings about. As a result, these emergency response changes are temporary and generally leave no lingering consequences.
When stress responses occur too frequently and/or dramatically, however, the body has a more difficult time recovering, which can result in the body remaining in a semi emergency readiness state that we call stress-response hyperstimulation. A body that becomes stress-response hyperstimulated can exhibit similar sensations and symptoms to that of an active stress response, AND can include odd symptoms associated with elevated stress, since stress responses stress the body. The feels like floor is moving symptom is an example of how the body can ‘misbehave’ when overly stressed.
While the exact cause of this anxiety symptom is unknown, it’s thought that an overly stimulated nervous system can cause the nervous system and the body’s sensory organs to send and receive errant sensory information. This errant information can be perceived as the feels like floor is moving symptom. And because the body uses its sensory organs and nervous system, which includes the brain, to establish balance and placement in our 3D world, a hyperstimulated nervous system and how it can misbehave can cause a brief disruption to our sense of balance and stability.
How to get rid of the feel like floor is moving symptoms?
The feels like floor is moving symptoms are just a symptom of persistently elevated stress, and therefore, needn't be a cause for concern. It will subside when you reduce your stress and give your body ample time to calm down. As your body's stress returns to a more normal level, symptoms of stress subside, including the feels like floor is moving symptom. Therefore, this symptom needn't be a cause for concern.
Worrying and fretting are examples of apprehensive behavior, which stress the body. So worrying and fretting about the feels like the floor is moving symptoms will prevent the body from recovering. While reducing stress can eliminate the body’s overly stressed state, it’s also important to contain your worry, as uncontained worry is a common cause of stress and persistent anxiety symptoms.
If you are having difficulty containing your worry, you may want to connect with one of our anxiety disorder therapists, coaches, or counselors. Working with an experienced anxiety disorder therapist, coach, or counselor is the most effective way to overcome what seems like unmanageable worry.
Chapter 9 in the Recovery Support area of our website is our anxiety symptoms chapter. It contains detailed information about all anxiety symptoms, including what they are, why they occur, what you can do to eliminate them, and how many people experience them (the percentage of people who experience each anxiety symptom).
The combination of good self-help information and working with an experienced anxiety disorder coach, counselor, or therapist is the most effective way to address anxiety disorder and its many symptoms. Until the core causes of anxiety are addressed - the underlying factors that motivate apprehensive behavior - a struggle with anxiety disorder can return again and again. Identifying and successfully addressing anxiety's underlying factors is the best way to overcome problematic anxiety.
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Authors: Jim Folk, Marilyn Folk, BScN. Last updated October 9, 2018.