There are few things that can make you feel as miserable as motion sickness. But whether you are traveling by plane, train, car, or bus, there are things you can do to keep motion sickness at bay.
Worrying about motion sickness will make it worse.
Emotions (like nervousness, fear, anxiety, worry, or stress) can make motion sickness worse. In fact, worrying about getting nauseous or throwing up can actually cause motion sickness! So stay calm, relax, take a deep breath, and try to squash those negative emotions.
If motion sickness does strike, remind yourself that, no matter how bad you feel, the motion sickness will pass. And, if you’re on a long trip, your body will eventually get used to the movement, and motion sickness won’t be as much of a problem for you.
Fatigue will make you more prone to motion sickness.
Those who are tired before they begin a trip are more likely to suffer from motion sickness than those who are well-rested. So, the week before your trip, get plenty of rest.
Keep your mind busy.
Focusing on something else, like music, an in-flight movie, or a chat you’re having with the passenger next to you, can help prevent motion sickness.
Look at the view.
Some people find that looking out the window and watching the scenery as it passes by can prevent motion sickness. That’s because their eyes can see the motion their bodies and inner ears feel.
If you’re on in a car, bus, or train, look out the window. If you’re on a boat, and you find yourself dealing with motion sickness, get to a place where you can actually see the movement of the water.
If looking at the water doesn’t help, look at something stationary (like a tree on a nearby shore). Some find looking at the horizon helpful when dealing with motion sickness. But others find this only makes them feel worse. Do whatever works best for you.
Don’t move your head around.
Holding your head as still as possible could prevent or alleviate motion sickness.
An acupressure wristband could ward of motion sickness.
Acupressure wristbands can help ward off motion sickness. You can find them in many travel shops. They work by pressing against a specific acupressure point in your wrist, which will protect you against nausea.
Always face forward.
If you’re traveling on a train, always choose a seat that faces forward.
Follow these tips, and your next trip won’t be such a bumpy ride.