For many people with dizziness, going grocery shopping can be a challenging task. There are so many different triggers that can make them feel sick or unsteady from the crowds, to florescent light, to the multiple body/head turns. Thinking ahead and following these 5 tips can help create better shopping experience.
Shop during low peak times
When you are planning your shopping trip, pick a time and day when there won’t be as many people around. High traffic times are typically after work (around 5:00) and weekends.
Make a plan
Have a shopping list of the items you need broken down based on their location in the store.
Go to the same grocery store
This allows you to know the layout so you don’t have to search for your items. The more efficient you are with your time the less you will be spending it in the store, decreasing the intensity of symptoms.
Use a shopping cart
Your strongest sense for balance is your somatosensory system or sense of touch. When you use a shopping cart, the sensory impute you receive from your hands will help your balance and can help decrease symptoms.
Take a break
If you start to notice your symptoms start to increase to an uncomfortable level, take a seated rest break. Find a bench, preferably in a quite part of the store, and rest. Focus on your breathing and the feeling of the bench under you and your feet planted on the ground. Rest until your symptoms decrease then finish your shopping.
Why not have someone else do the shopping for you? For people who live in the Twin Cities, there are multiple delivery services available for you to use. A few options are Instacart, Corborns, Lunds and Byerlys, and Gopher Grocery. In some cases they offer same day delivery!
Another online option is to subscribe to a prepackaged meal service such as Hello Fresh or Blue Apron. These companies come up with the meal recipes and deliver you the exact groceries you will need to make them.
Here’s the link from the National Dizzy & Balance Center.