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How to Stop Motion Sickness

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Motion sickness is usually caused by an imbalance between what you see and what you feel when you’re traveling in a car, bus, train, plane, or boat. In this case, your inner ear and your eyes send different signals to your brain. These confusing signals can make you experience dizziness, loss of appetite, pale skin, and even vomiting.

In this article, 5-Minute Crafts will give you some pieces of advice on how to prevent motion sickness and relieve the symptoms of it.

❗ If your journey is over but you still feel dizzy, have a headache, are continuing to vomit, or are experiencing other symptoms, you should see your doctor.

1. Choose the right seat.

  • In a car, sit in the front passenger seat.
  • On a boat, sit in the middle on the upper deck.
  • On a bus, choose a window seat.
  • On a ship, choose a cabin on a lower level, closer to the water, near the center of a ship, or in the front of it.
  • On a plane, sit in the middle, over the wing.
  • On a train, choose a forward-facing window seat.

2. Don’t move your head.

  • If possible, lie down flat, close your eyes, and don’t move your head. This will help your sensory system to become more congruent.
  • If you’re in a car, lean your head against a headrest to lessen your head movements.

3. Keep your gaze still.

  • Focus your gaze on a fixed point in the distance or on the horizon.
  • If you’re in a car, look through the windshield.
  • Always face the direction in which you’re going.

4. Get some fresh air.

  • Direct air vents to blow toward you and use the air conditioner, an open car window, or a fan to blow air on your face.

5. Eat a snack.

  • Eat a light snack, like saltine crackers, cereal, bread, apples, or bananas, to ease your nausea.

6. Use an ear plug.

  • Insert an ear plug in your non-dominant ear to minimize the symptoms of motion sickness.

7. Listen to music.

  • Switch on the radio or listen to your favorite songs to distract yourself with music.

8. Put your phone down.

  • Don’t use your phone or tablet, read, or watch movies because focusing on a close object may make your symptoms worse.

9. Try some herbs.

  • Breathe in mint, ginger, or lavender scents to reduce nausea. You can take sniffs from an essential oil bottle or use an essential oil necklace.
  • Drink chamomile tea to soothe your stomach, reduce acid, and relax the stomach muscles.
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