Before you set out for a long journey, it is necessary to avail car insurance, which is a mandate by law. And to take care of any kinds of uncalled medication costs, a health insurance policy is recommended. Apart from this, there are a few things that need to be considered before you hit the road.
A long journey may not always be fun. Headache, nausea, sweating and belching might bother some of you, but the major damper to your excitement will be motion sickness which is quite common. Though not an illness as such, it may curb your enthusiasm to travel.
Don’t worry, we’ve got your back! Not only will these easy steps take care of motion sickness with immediate effect, but they might also help conquer it for good!
1. Take the Wheel
You might be surprised, but when you sit in the driver’s seat, you are less prone to motion sickness. This could be on account of the fact that the brain uses all its motor commands to control the car and predict movement.
But if driving is not your thing, pick the front seat instead. If there is no option but to sit in the back seat, engage in conversation and distract yourself. At all costs, avoid reading!
2. Curb the Consumption
You must watch what you consume before you hit the road. Make sure you avoid drinking alcohol or smoking. Also, avoid eating too much food. Foods that have a strong smell, or that are heavy and spicy, must be off the radar if you want to keep motion sickness at bay.
3. You Must Equalize Those Sensory Cues
While traveling by car, you must fix your gaze at a fixed point or the horizon. This will enhance the sensory congruence, and you will feel less queasy.
4. Talk yourself into believing otherwise
Studies say that when you tell yourself that you won’t get sick during travel, and combine this ‘verbal placebo’ with breathing techniques, you will be able to calm down and feel better.
5. Take on Some Desensitizing
Indulge in activities that make you nauseous on the road. For example, if reading a book makes you uneasy, read for five minutes, put the book down, and then read again after five minutes. Slowly increase the time frequency. Over time, your body will get used to the activity, and it will help you minimize or completely get rid of motion sickness.
6. Ginger – A Savior
Studies show that ginger works wonders in cancelling out motion sickness. It is an excellent preventive measure. Pop in about 2 grams of ginger before you sit in the car. But if you are on blood thinning medication, do consult your doctor before you try this remedy.
7. Stay In Touch With the Pressure Points
There are a few points, which alternative therapies suggest you to work on if the pressure of impending motion sickness is looming in your head. It will do no harm, so it is well worth a try. Massaging the middle inner side of the forearm is said to relieve nausea and indigestion. Massaging your kneecaps, or lightly rubbing the area under your earlobes should also comfort you.
8. Only If All Else Fails – Medicate
If nothing works, you can finally run to the chemist and pick up an over-the-counter pill. Make sure you have it 30-60 minutes before you head out. It will sedate you, and you will probably sleep through the drive. However, this should truly be the last resort.
Be adventurous! Live it up to the fullest. Life is too short to be bogged down by something as trivial as motion sickness. Once you have made up your mind, these remedies should help!