Don't Rock the Boat: 5 Tips in Managing Seasickness
July 2, 2016
A common issue that people face while on cruises or sailing yachts is seasickness. Here are 5 tips to avoid getting seasick while on any trip on water:
Be mindful of what you eat and drink. Supposedly the best foods are breads (i.e. bagels, pancakes, crackers, plain bread, pretzels etc). If you can, stay away from food that is greasy, spicy, or acidic in nature. But, ultimately, having some food in your stomach is better than having an empty stomach. Also, be sure to drink plenty of water as dehydration can trigger motion sickness. This is super important if you plan on partaking in alcoholic beverges (alcohol speeds up dehydration and can lower your body's resistance to motion sickness). Consider having lots of Ginger Ale or Coke on deck!
Enjoy the fresh air. If you start feeling seasick, it can be very helpful to go above deck and look out. Doing this helps your eyes "see" the motion that your body feels. This helps balance out the signals that are being sent from your inner ear to your brain.
Get enough rest. While you are likely on a cruise or a board a yacht for an extended period of time due to vacation/holiday, it doesnt mean it's a good time to sacrifice sleep! Feeling exhausted only makes you more susceptible to triggers that can cause seasickness.
Relax. Being anxious can only heighten chances of motion sickeness. Try to stay active while aboard. This is a good way to calm anxieties and helps you focus on something other than the boat's motion.
Have a back up plan. There are a number of products on the market that can help prevent or treat motion sickness. You can bring over-the-counter medication like Dramamine. If you have a history of motion-sickness, you may opt for a medicated patch that is placed behind your ear. Acupressure wristbands like Seabands or battery-operated bands like Reliefband are other options.