How to Actually Deal with Motion Sickness


Driving your Toyota Altis in the Philippine streets may make your passengers nauseous, especially when you’re going through less than pretty roads, or through traffic that moves inch by inch. Or you probably just have motion sickness and it doesn’t matter what kind of driving, what kind of car, or what state the road is in–you just throw up whenever the car starts moving.

What is motion sickness?

Motion sickness is a condition where the movement you see disagrees with the movement you feel. It can also be seasickness or carsickness, or any kind of sickness from motion. Some people just bear it and don’t take any medication for it, but there are some ways on to quell the symptoms.

Some of the symptoms of motion sickness are:

  • Nausea
  • Headaches
  • Dizziness
  • Sweating
  • Vomiting
  • And some extreme cases, hyperventilation

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What can you do to ease motion sickness?

One of the things you can do to prevent or ease the sickness is to be one who’s driving. If you’re the one driving, you can control how much the car moves and predict how much motion will happen. If you’re a passenger, it’s much better to look at the horizon than the road. Avoid looking at the lines on the road since that can worsen your sickness.

Another thing you can do is to watch what you eat. When you’re going on a road trip or a long drive with someone, don’t eat or drink too much, or take medication that can prevent dizziness. Take these medication thirty to sixty minutes before you leave. Avoid food with strong smells or spicy foods, since they can worsen the symptoms. It’s bad to travel with an empty stomach, but it’s also bad to eat or drink too much, especially if you’ve eaten fatty foods. Fatty foods can make someone nauseated. If you get hungry, bring something you can snack on every few hours, but don’t eat a full meal.

Talk to yourself. When you tell yourself you won’t get sick, you probably won’t. And if you hear other people talk about the sickness, you will most likely get sick yourself. Breathing techniques can also be helpful.

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Doing things that can induce the symptoms to desensitize you can help you become immune to the sickness. Do it and induce the symptoms, then do it for longer the next time. This way, you get used to it and maybe even get rid of the motion sickness entirely.

Choose a place where there is the least motion. On a boat or a ship, the middle of the ship is where the least motion is. On a car or a train, sit on the front seat, do not face away from the motion of the car, or if you’re already feeling dizzy, open the windows and let some fresh air in.

These are just some of the ways you can ease motion sickness. It may work for some people, but may not work for others. As mentioned in one of Luke Roxas‘s articles, there were some tips provided which could help lower the chance of you having motion sickness.

About the author:

Katrina is your average gal living inside the metro who has passion for writing, videography and photography. She admires nature at its finest and wanted to become one of them. Dreaming to have the Cinderella life one day – humming with the birds, dancing with the clouds.

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