Tips on Reducing the Effects of Motion Sickness

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Motion sickness is something that most people can overcome whether the cause is physiological or psychological.  A lot of the symptoms can also be kept at bay without having to take medication as well.  Let’s look at a few things that we can do to help us feel more grounded when the world around us is not.


Watch What You Eat

Heading into a turbulent situation on a nearly-empty stomach can delay the onset of symptoms and reduce their overall severity.  This can provide you with more ease and comfort, and it can also help you to develop a stronger tolerance over the course of time.  Try to avoid being around pungent odors that may trigger nausea and vomiting as well.


There are are also plenty of natural remedies or foods that you can take before being in a situation that may cause motion sickness.  One of the best is ginger, and taking a teaspoon of fresh ginger with a glass of water can do a remarkable job at alleviating some of the symptoms.


Align the Senses

Sometimes motion sickness is precipitated by mis-cues that our senses give off, and this can give us a sense of unbalance and dizziness.  The best way to bring things back into balance is to sit in a forward-facing position where you can look at the horizon or other object that’s stable and steady in the distance.  You can also lie down for a minute or two while looking at the ceiling to experience similar effects.


Take Control

Mind over matter really does apply to a lot of instances of motion sickness.  We can often beat back symptoms simply by intentionally thinking our way through the situation.  Self-affirmation, repeating phrases and visualizing not experiencing problems before being in a particular situation have all proven to be effective techniques.  However, it will take some time and effort to re-train our brains and get in the habit of thinking differently, so be patient.  The good news is that you’ll most-likely experience gradual improvements along the way as well.


Practice Makes Perfect

Putting yourself in situations that normally trigger motion sickness and learning how to ride them out is probably the best way to reduce symptoms.  However, this is also the most-difficult.  Start small and build a tolerance before putting yourself in more-extreme situations, and you’ll increase the chances of being successful over time.



There’s nothing wrong with taking medication to help with the effects of motion sickness.  However, try to view it as an option of last resort instead of your first choice.  Work on the above techniques and start increasing your tolerance, and you’ll find that you’re taking less and less medication every time.  Not only is this a healthier option, but you’re also reducing the extent of the problem by addressing it at the source instead of just treating the symptoms.


Try these suggestions for yourself, and explore other options as well.  Chances are that you’ll find at least one technique that can help to keep the effects of motion sickness at bay, even if it involves a little bit of discomfort along the way.  The trick is to be patient, persistent and committed in the mind to overcoming the problem in order to be successful, but it’s definitely worth the effort in the long run.










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