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5 ways to reduce motion sickness

You don’t have to suffer through your motion sickness. Check in with your physican to discuss some of the stategies we offer here to cope with your symptoms.

Motion sickness

You know you get motion sickness, but you’ve resigned yourself to the fact that you have to suffer through the unavoidable nausea and dizziness. But the truth is, there are ways you can help alleviate your symptoms (which, by the way, are caused by disturbance to the inner ear due to repetitive motion, affecting your sense of equilibrium).

Symptoms can also include vomiting, sweatiness and generally feeling not good. While there’s no cure for motion sickness, there are ways you can ease your symptoms.

Eat smart

If you know you’ll be getting into a car or onto a boat, why would you choose to eat that spicy food that sometimes doesn’t sit so well with you? If you tend to get motion sickness, steer clear of foods and drinks right before and during your travel.

Choose your seat wisely

Some spots will be exposed to more motion than others, so try to be where the motion is the least apparent. If you’re on a plane, sit in the middle seats, where the wings of the plane are. On a boat or cruise ship, you may have to sacrifice the view by opting for the more stable room located on the lower levels toward the middle of the boat. If you’re getting into a car, call “shotgun” so you can nab that front seat. Also, try to sit in the direction you are travelling; facing the side or back can throw your senses off and lead to motion sickness.

Practice deep breathing

Help clear your head by taking in some air. A cleansing breath may help to reinvigorate you, and breathing slowly and deeply for a minute can help bring a state of calm.

Put down your book and mobile phone

If you know you get dizzy when you read on a moving vehicle, why put yourself through such unpleasantness? Put away your book and your smartphone, or you’ll arrive at your destination with a headache — and cranky.

Take in the big picture

If you’re starting to feel nauseated, change your perspective. Don’t look at the boat or your friends, for example. Instead, look far ahead to take in the horizon, or fix your eyes on a point on land — say, a quaint lighthouse — and you may find your head will stop spinning.

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