Motion sickness is a special kind of hell, sometimes just looking at a book or a phone can immediately thrust you into a world of nauseous wooze.
About 30 percent of us experience motion sickness, which is all in our heads – literally.
It’s caused by our brain’s inability to resolve conflicting things from different parts of our body, including our eyes and inner ear.
Like say you’re on a road trip.
Your eyes can see that you’re moving but your other senses don’t detect as much motion, so the systems get a little confused.
Here’s what you can do to curb it:
– Exposure therapy. Professor and neuroscience research laboratory director at Loma Linda University, Eric Johnson reckons try to do whatever activity it is that gives you motion sickness on a regular basis, and gradually increase the time you spend in motion, he explains, so your body can feel more accustomed to it.
But if you don’t feel like getting over your motion sickness by, you know, doing motion sickness, here’s a few more:
– When in a car or train or whatever, keep your eyes on the horizon.
– Try to shotgun the front passenger seat as you’re more likely to feel vommy sitting towards the back of a vehicle.
– Do your best to face forward instead of backward in the vehicle.
– Shifting thoughts away from symptoms. Which is kinda easier said than done, but we’re talking stuff like distracting yourself with music, getting fresh air and – our fave tip – eating snacks on long trips.
Of course, if it’s really bad, definitely bring it up with your GP.